Tourism grant funding application now available
The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism fiscal 2018 tourism grant application is now available. 501c3 compliant organizations may request funding up to $10,000 for eligible projects. Applications are due by 4 p.m. March 6.
Desired project qualities include:
• Enhancing county tourism objectives through events, exhibits, education programs, or recreational opportunities;
• Fostering or strengthening partnerships with other county organizations, attractions, or initiatives that extend single day events into collaborative, event weekends; and
• Enhancing county, state, and National Park Service trail and by-way experiences in Charles County through matching grant programs for interpretive signage.
For more information or a copy of the grant guidelines and application packet, visit www. CharlesCountyMD.gov under “For Visitors”; e-mail your request to PenceD@CharlesCountyMD.gov or JohnsonR@CharlesCountyMD.gov; or call the Tourism Division at 301-645-0610. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Roundabout construction to close lane Feb. 13
Billingsley Road will have a single lane closure with flagging operations to begin on or about Monday, Feb. 13, and continue approximately for two weeks, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Construction may be extended due to inclement weather or other conditions. This is part of the Charles County Government’s Middletown Road and Billingsley Road Roundabout Project.
For more information, contact Art Swann at 301-885-1314 or SwannA@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Agricultural commission seeks nominations
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is seeking interested individuals to fill a voting membership vacancy. Currently, there is one open position for a “member at large.” The position includes individuals with backgrounds in agricultural businesses, economic development, finance or legal from any of the five counties SMADC ser ves: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
The commission typically meets 9-11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month, from January to April, and the first Wednesday of each month, from May to December, in Hughesville.
To be considered, submit all pertinent contact information with a brief paragraph describing background and relationship to the agricultural community to Karyn Ow- ens at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 301-2741922, ext.1. Respond by March 1.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis as positions become available.
For more information on SMADC programs and the current commission members, go to www.smadc.com.
CSM announces 2017 Kids’ & Teen College programs
The College of Southern Maryland’s Kids & Teen College has options for children ages 5 to 14. Registration opens Feb. 15 for approximately 300 classes being offered over eight weeks at all CSM campuses — Forensic Science, Lego Math, Minecraft Designers, Speaking Spanish, Junior Chef, Make Your First 3-D Video Game, Digital Photography, Cupcake Wars and Spaceflight Institute are just some of the examples that show the range of available classes.
New classes this year include Virtual Reality, where participants will create their own virtual worlds, explore simulated environments and craft memorable 3D experiences. Participants will receive a Google Cardboard viewer to take home after the program. Cybersecurity, which will be taught by CSM professors, is another new class. Other historically popular classes include those involving STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), robot design, LEGO, Minecraft, theater and cooking themes.
Approximately 20 percent of the courses offered at CSM’s Kids’ &Teen College this year are technology-related classes provided through Black Rocket, a creative sciences enrichment provider based in New Jersey.
Black Rocket assists camps with project-based programs that foster 21st centur y skills like peer learning, creativity and technology awareness. The Black Rocket classes don’t end after the week-long CSM session. Students are given links to continue their learning at home through an online training portal. The Virtual Reality class is an example of a Black Rocket class.
CSM’s Kids’ & Teen College features two sessions, the first is from 9 a.m.-noon and the second is from 1-4 p.m. There is a supervised lunch hour in between the two sessions for those students participating in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
For working parents, CSM offers the options of extended day supervision of students from 7-9 a.m. and/or from 4-6 p.m. for an extra fee.
For information, visit www.csmd.edu/go/kidscollege. Starting Feb. 15, register at www.csmd.edu/Go/Register.
Community Bank provides financial scholars program
Community Bank of the Chesapeake has signed a three-year contract with EverFi, renewing its part- nership to continue Community Bank’s Financial Scholars Program in high schools throughout the Tri-County area. During the three-year program, Community Bank of the Chesapeake will devote over $97,000 towards financial education in schools.
Community Bank of the Chesapeake’s Financial Scholars Program provides teachers with an online personal finance tool to help educate their students on important financial basics such as investing, filling out FAFSA forms, understanding payments, credit scores and more. The courses use engaging multi-media technologies like animations, video games, avatars, etc., to encourage a fun and valuable learning experience. The program tracks students’ progress during the course, providing teachers feedback and specific needs of the students.
The Community Bank Financial Scholars program has reached 15 schools and 13,446 students over the past six years. For the 2016-2017 school year, the program has currently reached 13 schools, 2,290 students with over 6,679 learning hours.
EverFi Inc. is the education technology innovator that empowers K-12, higher education, and adult learners with the skills needed to be successful in life. Its com- prehensive critical skills platform is focused on financial education, digital citizenship, STEM career readiness, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, character education, and health and wellness. The EverFi Education Network is powered by more than 3,300 partner organizations across all 50 states and Canada and annually reaches 6 million learners.
CSM to host events for Black History Month celebration
The College of Southern Maryland Institutional Equity and Diversity Office will host three upcoming events in February in honor of Black History Month. A documentary screening and discussion of “13th” will be from 2:30-4 p.m., Feb. 21, at the La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room BI-113E, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The public is invited for this in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality and injustice toward African Americans.” 13th” is a documentary directed by Ava DuVernay.
On Feb. 23, the college will host The Way It Was With Jimmy Bland from 2:30-4 p.m. at the La Plata Campus, Campus Center (CC Building), Room CC-100, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Bland, a baseball hall of famer and veteran, will share his experiences in the Negro League and Army.
On Feb. 28, an intergroup dialogue and conversation dedicated to black history will focus on civil rights in the United States. The conversation will be facilitated by community organizer and activist Allie Simmons. The event will take place 6-7:30 p.m. at the La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room BI-113E, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. All events are free. For more information, call 301-870-3008, ext. 7659, or 301-934-7659 or go to http://www.csmd.edu/about/institutional-equity-and-diversity/.