St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

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St. Mary's County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 4, with a Code 3 for employees.

Booz Allen Hamilton Employees enrich College Access Program through mentorships

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. is a major supporter of St. Mary’s County Public School’s College Access Program (CAP). CAP provides two years of classes and support during lunch periods to help junior and senior high school students navigate the college entrance and financing process. The program serves all interested students, with a special focus on students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

Booz Allen Hamilton appoints employees, who are recent college graduates as Ambassadors who attend CAP sessions helping students prepare for college. The Ambassadors share their own stories and help students understand the benefits of a college education and the steps needed to be successful in choosing and applying to college, financing a college education and getting the most out of their college experience.

Through the efforts of Leonardtown High School Ambassador Katrina King, Lindsay Frazier, Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and 1999 graduate of Leonardtown High School (pictured), presented a resume writing workshop that she prepared for CAP students at LHS.

The Ambassador for Great Mills High School is Esha Greer. Chopticon High School is served by Ambassador Katy Beard.

In addition to sending the Ambassadors to the program, Booz Allen Hamilton provides significant financial support that helps train the CAP staff, update curriculum, take students on field trips to colleges, and purchase materials for the program. Theo Cramer, Executive Director of the Department of College and Career Readiness and Principal of the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center says “the partnership between SMCPS and Booz Allen Hamilton is helping hundreds of students every year to realize their dreams of a college education and a better life.”

St. Mary's County Public Schools participates in drug summit

St. Mary's County Public Schools will be participating in the Drug Summit for Parents: An Open Discussion on Pills and Heroin in St. Mary's County, scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Fire Department.

Effective prevention begins with the early and continued education of our youth about the destruction that accompanies drug abuse at every level of impact - national, local, the family unit, and the individual. St. Mary's County Public Schools is committed to building awareness among our youth on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Drug prevention education is embedded in the health curriculum grades 1-12; DARE program, Red Ribbon Week Activities, Safety and Security Festivals, Young Driver Safety Courses, and the Prom Pledge. Through these initiatives, students are instructed on the safe use of medications, the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs on the body, the risks involved with drug abuse, and how to make good decisions in favor of a safe and healthy lifestyle.

"It is important to build a drug prevention culture that is reflected in our homes, our schools, and our community, if we wish to secure a safe future for our youth. Increased awareness of the current trends in youth drug use will better enable each of us as parents and community members to support our youth in their decision making for a healthy and productive life," stated Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Martirano would like to encourage parent and community members alike to attend the upcoming Drug Summit.

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