Lit House Presents Second in Summer Salon Series June 27

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Rose O’Neill Literary House is hosting its community-centric Summer Literary Salon series. Formerly called the Summer Poetry Salons, these readings have been expanded to include prose writers, as well as poets.

The second salon will be held at 4:30 p.m. June 27, featuring writers Laura Swearingen-Steadwell and Jen Michalski and music from local performers Harp and Soul. The community is encouraged to attend this free event.

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell is a poet and editor living in Brooklyn. She won the 20th Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize, and her second book, All Blue So Late, will be published by Northwestern University Press in November. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, and a graduate of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College.

Jen Michalski is the author of the novels The Summer She Was Under Water and The Tide King, a couplet of novellas, Could You Be with Her Now, and two collections of fiction, From Here and Close Encounters. Her work has appeared in more than 80 publications. She was named “One of 50 Women to Watch” in 2013 by the Baltimore Sun and :”Best Writer” by Baltimore Magazine. She is the host of the reading series Starts Here! and editor of the journal jmww.

Harp and Soul performs traditional music from the British Isles – as well as some original tunes – in a blend of unusual and improvisatory arrangements. The group includes Meredith Hadaway on Celtic harp and concertina, Ben Bennington on guitar and vocals, Rebekah Hock on oboe and saxophone, and Bob Ortiz on percussion. The group’s annual holiday concert has been a sell-out favorite at the Mainstay for the past six years.

 

Thirty Two Students Graduate from St. Anne’s Episcopal School

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Photo: St. Anne’s Episcopal School proudly presents the Class of 2017: Back row, left to right Adrian Reed, Hunter (Tayg) Murray, Alexander Kenney, Matthew Mitchell, Robert (Stewart) Zurbach, Caden Wood, Tyler Wood, Noah Hollander, Slater Phillips, Zachary Bovelsky, Nicholas Relova, Zachary Kinnamon, William (Billy) Nunn, and Andrew Mitchell. Front Row, left to right, Zoe Eckenrode, Lauren Hudson, Sailor Wiggins, Samantha Young, Clare Slinkard, Hope Kenney, Adia Vega, Nicolette Pate, Grace Travis, Margaret (Maggy) Ross, Jada Jackson, Heidi Cobb, Hope Slapcinsky, Ashlyn Lorentz, Eleanor Alban, Hannah Beckman, Mia Stryker, and Bryer Wood.

Thirty two young men and women graduated from St. Anne’s Episcopal School on Thursday, June 08, 2017.  They will attend sixteen high schools, among them Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, The Charter School of Wilmington, Groton School, The Gunston School, Mercersburg Academy, MOT Charter High School, Sanford School, St. Andrew’s School, Saint Thomas More Academy, Sussex Central High School, Tatnall School, Tower Hill, Tri-State Christian Academy, and Ursuline Academy.

Located in Middletown, DE, St. Anne’s Episcopal School (www.stannesde.org) focuses on academic excellence and spiritual growth in a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through Grade 8. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, our academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

“Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program at Kent County Public Library

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Kent County Public Library’s summer reading game is back with new ways to earn points and prizes! The Kickoff week is Monday, June 26-Saturday, July 1. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” and will feature programs where kids can construct, create, build their brains, and expand how they understand the world.
For the first-time ever, KCPL’s summer reading game will be available online and on mobile devices through our Beanstack app, as well as the familiar paper gameboard.  Whether they stick with paper or go digital, kids can collect library points for each activity they complete and redeem them for a variety of prizes, including books, art supplies, Orioles and Shorebirds baseball tickets, gift cards, and more.

During the kickoff week, join us for a spectacular martial arts presentation by Dance Warriors, a group specializing in capoeira, on Wednesday, June 28th at 1 pm at our Rock Hall Branch and at 6 pm in Chestertown.  We’ll also be creating Build a Better World summer swag on Thursday, June 29th at 4 pm in Chestertown and Friday, June 30th at 4 pm at our North County Branch.

As part of a special initiative of KCPL’s newly formed Teen Advisory Board, we will be offering writing workshops for teens throughout the month of July, starting on Saturday, July 1st. Registration is required for these free workshops.

The summer reading game is open to children and teens of all age. Registration will begin the week of June 19.  And, back by popular demand, all children’s books and audiobooks that are checked out between June 1st and September 1st will be fine free!

KCPL’s 2017 summer reading program is sponsored in large part by a grant from the PNC Foundation, which is continually supportive of children’s programming in the community.  For more information or to register for the teen writing workshops, please call 410.778.3636 or visit Kent County Library website  and choose “Summer Reading” under the “Events & Classes” tab.

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Two Innovative Scholarship Programs at WC Get $715,000 Boost

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Washington College President Sheila Bair today announced an additional $715,000 that will support two of the school’s most innovative scholarship programs, Dam the Debt and George’s Brigade. The additional funding brings the programs, which President Bair inaugurated two years ago, to $1.25 million and $5.7 million, respectively.

“From the moment I became president of Washington College, affordability and accessibility have stood at the top of my to-do list,” President Bair says. “We could not have achieved all we have already through Dam the Debt and George’s Brigade without the generous and far-sighted support of our donors to these programs, who clearly see that making college more affordable for everyone must be a priority, both for Washington College as a small liberal arts institution, and for higher education as a whole.”

George’s Brigade pays full tuition, room, board, and fees all four years to high-need, high-potential students. Begun with the Class of 2020, the Brigade saw 14 students complete their first year in May, and 20 new students are expected to matriculate with the Class of 2021 this fall. The inaugural year of the program saw an 88 percent retention rate. Under President Bair’s leadership, the College’s overall retention rate for first-to-second-year students increased by four points from the previous year to 86 percent.

Of the $5.7 million accumulated to date for George’s Brigade, $3.7 million is endowed. New donors to George’s Brigade arethe J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation, which committed $160,000; the Hearst Foundation, which contributed $100,000; Morgan Stanley, which donated $80,000; T. Rowe Price, which committed $50,000, and the Charlotte and George Riggs Charitable Fund, which contributed $20,000. In addition, President Bair designated $160,000 of presidential discretionary funds to the Brigade to fund two four-year scholarships.

Since its inception in late 2015, George’s Brigade has received support from a variety of sources including H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. ’85, president of the Board of Visitors and Governors, The Hodson Trust, M&T Bank, DLA Piper, Avant, Bank of the West, PNC, Heron Point of Chestertown, Host Hotels Resorts, Ann D. Horner ’80, Nina Houghton P’85, GP ’11, the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, Dr. Robert Kirkwood, M&A Enterprises, Mr. and Mrs. James Miller, Morgan Stanley & Company, T. Rowe Price, Thomson Reuters, Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Travieso ’66 ’66,Mr. and Mrs. James Aris P ’17, itBit, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, P. C. Massey III ’58, James Riepe, and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rogers.

Taking a different tack on cutting college costs, Dam the Debt acts as a back-end scholarship that awards eligible graduating seniors a grant that pays for federally subsidized loans they have taken out for their last semester of college. Since its inception in May 2016, the program has awarded a total of $659,000 to 252 eligible graduating seniors, reducing the students’ overall debt by over 10 percent with an average grant amount of $2,615.

President Bair has designated $145,000 of presidential discretionary funds to Dam the Debt. Previous donors include BB&T, bloooom, inc., TD Bank, Santander Bank, Avant, John and Peggy Bacon, and Philip and Joan Riggin.

In addition to these two programs, the College has launched FixedFor4, which will fix tuition for four years for incoming freshmen, beginning with this fall’s incoming Class of 2021. Last year, the College also announced the Saver’s Scholarship, which matches the amount that families contribute from a 529 college savings plan or an Educational Savings Account, up to $2,500 per year, to pay for their student’s tuition. Learn more at http://www.washcoll.edu/value/.

In addition to these new programs, Washington College annually provides more than $23 million in grants and scholarships, with 90 percent of students receiving merit-based scholarships or need-based financial aid.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Gunston Crew Completes Season with Milestone at National Championships

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The Gunston School’s Rowing team completed their spring season with invitations to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta in Cherry Hill, NJ. Competing against the top rowing programs in the country, Gunston was represented in the Boy’s and Girl’s Varsity 4+ categories.

Gunston’s Boy’s Varsity 4+ reached a milestone this year by breaking out of the first round of racing for the first time in this event in program history. Later in the day the crew went on to compete in the Repechage (second chance race) and placed 6th.

“The boys’ performance in their heat was exactly how we had practiced their race plan over the last few weeks. Thanks to their sprint they were able to edge themselves into 3rd place and avoid elimination from the regatta. They eventually reached elimination in the repechage but they were very happy with the way they rowed and left everything they had on the race course,” said Head Coach Nicole Stimpson.

Representing Gunston in the Boy’s Varsity 4+ were Coxswain Lauren Covell ‘17 (Annapolis, MD), Stroke Ben Jones ‘17 (Chestertown, MD), 3 Seat Ethan Boone ‘17 (Centreville, MD), 2 Seat Alex Papadopoulos ‘18 (Townsend, DE), and Bow Garrett Rudolfs ‘18 (Centreville, MD).

Gunston’s Girl’s 4+ placed 6th in their heat eliminating them from the regatta. “With a freshman coxswain, 2 sophomores, and 2 seniors the underclassmen in this crew were able to gain valuable race experience at this regatta,” said Stimpson. “After racing at nationals these younger athletes will be able to pass on their experiences and motivate their teammates this coming fall.”

Representing Gunston in the Girl’s Varsity 4+ were Coxswain Isabella Santoboni ‘20 (Annapolis, MD), Stroke Olivia Sherman ‘17 (Middletown, DE), 3 Seat Elena Sherman ‘19 (Middletown, DE), 2 Seat Katie Easter ‘19 (Grasonville, MD), Bow Maddy Romberger ‘17 (Sudlersville, MD).

A Fond Farewell: The Gunston School’s Class of 2017

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Friday, May 19th marked a special day at The Gunston School. An annual tradition, Senior Transition Day and Disembarkation commemorates seniors’ final day on campus. During the day, the seniors enjoyed a walked down memory lane with a slide show highlighting their high school years, were welcomed into TGS Alumni Association, and with family and friends watching, placed a personalized brick on the Heron Walkway adding to the foundation of Gunston. The day ended with a receiving line of students and faculty wishing them farewell as they disembarked the Gunston campus on the Chester River Packet for a cruise down the Corsica and Chester Rivers. We wish the Class of 2017 the best of luck!

Save the Date: Montessori School Sponsors Family Fun Day June 4

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Save the date! The Friendship Montessori School is hosting their 2nd annual Family Fun Day at Crow Farm on Sunday June 4th, 2017 Children can enjoy hayrides, live music, food, and games while adults try free wine tastings. And all proceeds will support Friendship Montessori School. Not a bad deal.


Crow Farm and Vinyard, 12441 Vansants Corner Road, Kennedyville, MD 21620. Phone number: 302-304-0551. Sunday June 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Small Gifts, Big Impact: Horizons Raises over $10,000 on Giving Day

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Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s—a summer academic and cultural enrichment program for students with limited economic means—announced on Tuesday that they raised over $10,000 in the nationwide Horizons Giving Day on May 17.

Thanks to the generous donations of many local supporters, Horizons will be able to expand the number of at-risk children served in its critical summer program in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

“Horizons Giving Day allows us to raise both awareness and donations to help us expand the number of at-risk children we serve,” said Bob Parks, Horizons’ Executive Director. “Small gifts make a big impact, and we appreciate each and every donation we receive.”

Many low-income kids experience the academic “summer slide” when the school year is over. Often, it is a predictor of truancy, high school drop-out rates—and worse. Bottom line, these children suffer an achievement gap that’s hard to recover from. Horizons changes all that. Through its six-week summer program focusing on both academics and critical life skills, Horizons changes the academic trajectory of low-income students—and ultimately changes their lives.

Since 1995, the Horizons summer learning program has served hundreds of Kent and Queen Anne’s County children at or below the poverty level, as part of a growing national initiative to reduce the summer slide. The six-week program headquartered at Radcliffe Creek School in Chestertown, The Gunston School in Centreville, and Washington College in Chestertown serves 160 kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is one of 51 affiliates of the Horizons National summer learning program. The summer program employs an experiential model of teaching that focuses on reading, writing, and math. Students not only improve academically, but learn to swim and participate in activities that foster creativity, confidence, citizenship, and good health.

To learn more about Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, please visit our website.

Kent Local Management Board Offers “Undoing Racism Workshop”

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Kent’s Local Management Board invites you to participate in an intensive two and a half-day training with the People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond.

Friday June 23rd 6:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m..

Saturday, June 24th 9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25th 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.

Racism has been consciously and systematically erected, and it can be undone only if people understand what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, and why it is perpetuated. This training challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares community members to be effective organizers for justice. Come join other Kent County residents in this process!

Stepne Station, 400 South Cross Street, Chestertown MD

Contact Rosemary Granillo to register:  rramseygranillo@kentgov.org or 410-810-2673

Free!  Food and refreshments included. Spaces limited!