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Posted on May 09, 2000:
Education has always been one of my top priorities as a legislator dating back to my first time in public office in the Maryland House of Delegates beginning in 1974.
I havenít changed my priorities in this regard. In fact, Iíve become even more passionately committed to improving education in my district of Calvert and St. Maryís as each year passes. Thatís one of the reasons I am pleased to be a member of the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee. It is in this committee that we hear most of the education bills.
In addition to my strong support of building and renovating schools, upgrading student performance through testing and other scholastic measures and consistently voting to fund student scholarships, Iíve also always encouraged public/private educational partnerships.
One such partnership has become a welcome newcomer in Calvert County Ė the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calvert County. This great organization is one of the oldest youth educational and recreational programs in the nation. Its reputation is impeccable for turning out scores of outstanding young men and woman.
Thanks to the extraordinary devotion of the Calvert Boys and Girls Clubsí president and CEO Chris Giggey and a diverse group of board of trustees that includes members of the clergy, the education and public service fields and community members at large, this organization has already started helping improve the lives of our youths throughout Calvert.
I was proud to support this organization in this past General Assembly Session by sponsoring and pushing hard for a $100,000 bond bill which will benefit this great organization. Senate Bill 886, which was also cross-filed in the House of Delegates by the Calvert County delegation (House Bill 1395) will be used as a grant to the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Calvert County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, reconstruction and capital equipping of a site in the county to house a Boys and Girls Club. I was pleased to see both houses of the General Assembly pass this legislation and expect the governor, himself once a member of the Boys Club of America, to sign it this month.
I am pleased that we now have two Boys and Girls Clubs in Calvert County because it provides yet another wonderful educational -- and fun Ė program for our youths. Already, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calvert is a major hit. The two clubs in Calvert which are based out of North Beach and Lusby boasts 385 members! Thatís a lot of members for an organization that was inaugurated just two years ago. And Iím pleased to report that their mission statement is the following: ďTo inspire and enable all young people especially those from disadvantaged circumstances to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.Ē
Because of the extraordinary success of the Calvert Boys and Girls Club due to the commitment of its board of directors and Mr. Giggey, there are talks in St. Maryís County about starting up a similar club. I will be more than happy to do whatever I can to make sure that becomes a reality.
For those who hear how wonderful the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calvert are, but donít know exactly what they do, hereís a brief overview of what they offer.
Currently, the clubs offer a series of programs five days a week during the school season and all summer long 10 Ĺ hours a day. They offer education and career development, health and life skills, arts and sports fitness and recreation.
The education program offers tutors to help with boys and girlsí homework and it provides a Career Explorers Club in which they send out a youth to work with a professional in a field the child may be interested in working in one day. The health and life skills program teaches youths to stay away from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and encourages them to make healthy choices. It is an abstinence based program as well. The sports fitness and recreation programs offer pickup dodge ball, indoor soccer and basketball.
I also like the Keystone and Torch clubs in which youth plan their own activities such as going to a movie, to a senior center to have lunch with the elderly or adopt a highway. They do all the fund-raising themselves for these activities.
So as you can see, there is a lot that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calvert offer. And all of it is good.
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