With the school year ended, the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program said goodbye – for now – to the 83 first through fifth graders who came each week from neighboring city schools for reading and literacy instruction. On May 24, 2016, 190 people including students and their families, tutors and staff from three Baltimore City Public Schools, gathered together to celebrate the close of the program’s 52nd year.
It was a truly joyous occasion and all who attended had a wonderful time. Attendees shared a delicious meal provided by the Tutoring Program’s 63 generous tutors and then, enjoyed the exciting rhythms of the BSO’s OrchKids’ Bucket Band. All were proud of the students as they performed their song about this year’s music theme, and finally, each student was called forward to receive a packet containing a certificate of participation, a copy of the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program annual yearbook, and a gift book.
It was truly an exciting evening, and with it came an array of emotions: The Tutoring Program celebrated the milestones and reading achievements made by all of the students, however knowing that the fifth graders have now graduated to new opportunities with their strengthened skills. The Tutoring Program expresses its sincere thanks to all of the tutors who donated their time and teaching energy this school year, and looks forward to welcoming a returning group of enthusiastic learners next fall.
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