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JANUARY - MAY 2015
Nov '14-Feb '15: Bridges at Gilman's fourth and fifth grade students returned to campus in November for weekly after school sessions with high school volunteers from Gilman School and Bryn Mawr School.
March: A report on Bridges programs and operations from July 1 - December 31, 2014. Highlights include: Bridges at Gilman launch, increased one-on-one support at Bridges at St. Paul's, data sharing agreement with BCPS, fall college matriculations, and new funders and job partners.
Sept-Jan: Read about our fall/winter workshops on problem-solving, financial literacy, communication and other topics (this was formerly known as the Weekend Mentoring Program).
JUNE - DECEMBER 2014
Sept-Dec: Jacoby Jones opened the door for 40 Bridges students to attend Ravens games this season. We are so grateful for this gift. Click the link and check out some of the fun.
Sept-Nov: Bridges at SPS added a fall after school program, which means that fourth and fifth grade students now have full year-round Bridges activities.
June-July: Bridges at Gilman formerly opened its doors and welcomed 24 students to its inaugural Summer Institute. Reading, football, and the beach are just a few of the featured highlights in this update.
July 10: Click on the link above for the Climb the Hill for Bridges 5k and 1 mile fun run. This Thursday evening run is a great way to support the Bridges community.
JANUARY - MAY 2014
May 9: Bridges inducts 11 high school students from the St. Paul's Schools into Bridges 3+, the program's volunteer honors society.
February 24: A mid-year report on Bridges programs and operations. The report covers the first half of the 2013-2014 program-year, spanning July 1 - December 31, 2013.
SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2013
Jacoby Jones Recognizes Excellence at Bridges
Sept-Dec: This fall, Baltimore Ravens star wide receiver Jacoby Jones provided Bridges with six tickets to every Ravens home game. Why? You will have to read the update to find out.
Loyola Tutoring Year Three
Sept-Dec: Click here to check out some photos of this fall's high school tutoring program at Loyola University's Writing Center. Special thanks to Professor Zimmerelli for our third year in partnership and to Toss Pizza for helping to feed us on Wednesday nights.
Elementary After School Program Underway
Nov/Dec: The fourth and fifth grade after school program started in mid-November. The winter program, which involves 32 of our youngest students and 32 high school volunteers from the St. Paul's Schools, is now housed at Bridges' new offices in Ordeman Hall. Some photos are provided here, though you will have to visit our Facebook page for a shot of last week's gingerbread man activity
Ninth Annual Bridges Holiday Dinner
November 25: On November 25, Bridges welcomed 250 of its students, parents, and volunteers to St. Paul's for its Ninth Annual Holiday Dinner. Quite a special night, which you can read more about right here.
November 25: A huge holiday thank you to our friends, partners, and supporters!
Weekend Mentoring Visits Sagamore Farm
October 19: The tenth grade opened its mentor year with a visit to Sagamore Farm. Click here or visit our Facebook page for photos. Sagamore Farm is a Maryland treasure and we are so excited to begin our partnership with them. Stay tuned for more detail.
Bridges Kickball Tournament Raises $11k
October 5: This year's tournament included 13 teams and raised $11k for Bridges. To find out who won and other info on the day, check out this update or visit us on Facebook. Special thanks to our sponsors and to RBC Wealth Management, our first-ever title sponsor for this event.
JUNE - AUGUST 2013
High School Summer Jobs
June-August: 13 partner organizations provided 39 jobs to Bridges high school students this summer. Very grateful to YouthWorks, Capital Educators, and our 13 job partners.
Cal Ripken Senior Foundation Partnership
August: This summer, the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation provided five of our boys with an awesome week-long sleep away camp. Arte doing the "wiggalo" and more highlights in this update.
Elem/Midd Summer - View Into the Future Week Preview
July 12: Click here for an overview of View Into the Future Week, which includes trips to the Baltimore City Police Department, Goucher College, and our annual Etiquette Luncheon with the Shaeffer Group from RBC Wealth Management.
Elem/Midd Summer - Baltimore Week Recap
July 5: Check out the highlights of this year's Baltimore Week activities, including a trip with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the student-staff basketball game.
Elem/Midd Summer - Baltimore Week Preview
July 1: Everybody needs to understand their hometown and Baltimore Week allows students to see and explore Baltimore City. Click this link for a preview to Baltimore Week.
Elem/Midd Summer - Outdoor Week Recap
June 28: Check out the highlights of the first week of this year's Summer Institute for elementary and middle school students.
Elem/Midd Summer - Outdoor Week Packet
June 24: Sailing with the Downtown Sailing Center, team activities with Outward Bound, and the annual Bridges Sporting Combine are just a few of the highlights of Outdoor Week. Click here for a preview to the Week's events.
JANUARY - MAY 2013
Bridges 3+ Inducts Eleven New Members
May 17: Bridges inducted eleven high school students from the St. Paul’s Schools into Bridges 3+, the program’s volunteer honors society. Thanks to these volunteers for their extraordinary commitment to Bridges and to our students.
Spring After School Programs Serves 34 Students
Winter/Spring: Three years ago, Bridges expanded its winter after school program into the spring months. This year, that program provided 34 of Bridges fourth and fifth grade students with weekly homework help, sports, and group reading. Thanks to our 21 spring volunteers for getting involved and for helping to make this year’s program a great one.
Bridges Weekend Mentoring Program Concludes Its Fourth Year
Winter/Spring: This year’s Weekend Mentoring Program concluded on Thursday, May 23 with a wonderful end of year gathering at the home of Kevin and Angie Hall’s. Photos of winter/spring mentor activities for grades 6 - 9 included in this update.
JUNE - DECEMBER 2012
Winter After School Program
Fall/Winter: This fall / winter, 29 high school students from St. Paul's School and St. Paul's School for Girls are participating as after-school tutors to Bridges fourth and fifth grade students. Click on the link above for highlights from the first few weeks of the program.
Bridges/Loyola University Tutoring Partnership, Year 2
Fall: This fall, Bridges continued its partnership with Professor Lisa Zimmerelli's class "Writing Center Practice and Theory". Through the partnership, seventeen Loyola students provided weekly one-on-one tutoring to seventeen Bridges high school students this fall. The program will continue in the winter/spring with eleven student tutors.
Ninth Grade Report Card Reflection and Summer Job Interview Prep
Dec 1: The RBC Mentors re-connect with their ninth grade student mentees. Check out this recap and how they helped students reflect on their first quarter grades and prepare for Bridges Summer Job Interviews.
Bridges Holiday Card
Nov 20: A special thank you to friends and supporters from the Bridges community.
Bridges Holiday Dinner with Special Guest Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens
Nov 20: On Nov 20, Bridges welcomed over 200 community members to the Ward Center for the 8th Annual Bridges Holiday Dinner. So fortunate to have Matt Birk and his family join us. Click on the link for highlights from the evening's festivities.
Scavenger Hunt at the Maryland Science Center
Nov 17: Have you ever wondered what a category 1 hurricane does to an eighth graders' hair? You can find out by viewing this summary of the eighth grade's weekend mentoring trip to the Maryland Science Center.
Seventh Grade Knocks 'Em over at Stoneleigh
Nov 10: The seventh grade and their weekend mentors learn how to duck pin bowl. Click on the link to find out which first time bowler broke 115.
Bridges Welcomes Two New Advisory Board Members
Nov 8: Bridges is excited to announce the addition of Jack Wilen Jr. and Doug Greenstein to the Bridges Advisory Board. Jack and Doug have hit the ground running, already lending valuable insights on our upcoming 20th Anniversary and the development of our high school / college program. We look forward to many years ahead of benefitting from their guidance and support.
Weekend Mentoring Visits Rodgers' Farm Corn Maze
Oct 27: Highlights of the eighth grade's weekend mentoring trip to Rodgers' Farm, including a 2 mile long corn maze.
Weekend Mentoring Visits PumpkinFest at Irvine Nature Center
Oct 13: Click here to see highlights from the seventh grade's trip to Irvine's PumpkinFest with their weekend mentors.
Bridges Begins Partnership with Junior League of Baltimore, Inc
Oct 9: Bridges at St. Paul's School and the Junior League of Baltimore, Inc. (JLB) have formed a partnership that provides Bridges with regular use of the JLB office, located at 5902 York Road. The office's proximity to Bridges families and schools gives the program a wonderful space for academic check-ins with high school students, school guidance sessions with Bridges families, and college readiness workshops. The two organizations are also exploring volunteer opportunities for JLB members to support and assist Bridges.
Bridges Presents at Hathaway Brown's Education Innovation Conference
Oct 4: Bridges Director Rob Paymer travelled to Cleveland to share the Bridges story with independent school educators from around the country. We encourage you to visit the Conference website for a video of the presentation.
Fourth Annual Bridges Kickball Classic
Sept 29: The Fourth Annual Bridges Kickball Classic raised $7,500 for Bridges programs and services. Click the link to find out if the 2009 Fresh-Soph Soccer Team was able to 3-peat and beat Team Ravens in the championship.
Elem/Midd Summer - Surprise Visit from Ray Rice
Aug 4: I know you are wondering how we met Ray Rice. Click on the link above to check it out.
High School Summer Jobs - DLA Piper
June - Aug: This summer, Jazzmine, Alex, Shionna, and Antoine worked at DLA Piper, where they learned about careers in a law firm. Click on the link and see them getting down to business with their supervisors.
High School Summer Jobs - Pierpoint Restaurant
June - Aug: In the summer before high school, Tyrin expressed an interest in a career in the culinary arts. This summer, the summer before his senior year at City, Tyrin learned about the field through a job at Pierpoint Restaurant.
High School Summer Jobs - Downtown Sailing Center
June - Aug: Seven Bridges high school students spent the summer working at the DSC. Five as sailors in training. Two as assistant instructors. Hop aboard and check out this update.
Elem/Midd Summer - Wrap-up Week Recap
July 27: Did the blue team complete a three peat and win this year's House Cup? Only way to find out is to read this recap of the final week at the Bridges Summer Institute.
Elem/Midd Summer - Baltimore Week Recap
July 20: Fifth graders study an x-ray with a doctor at St. Joe's Medical Center. Eighth graders visit the field at M&T Bank Stadium. These are just two of the photo highlights in this recap of Baltimore Week.
Elem/Midd Summer - Grade Nine Graduation
July 16: Fourteen of the sixteen students that will graduate from the Bridges Summer Institute on July 27, 2012 entered Bridges in elementary school. Click here and see where members of this class will be entering high school in the fall of 2012.
Elem/Midd Summer - Baltimore Week Bulletin
July 16: Learn about this week's Baltimore activities by clicking on this link.
Elem/Midd Summer - Giving Back Week Recap
July 13: Service Trip with Bluewater Baltimore and team sports event are among the many highlights in this week's recap.
Elem/Midd Summer - Giving Back Week Drive for BARCS
July 9: In honor of Giving Back Week, Bridges is holding a materials drive for the animals at BARCS. The materials list is attached for those wishing to help out. Materials will be collected at Bridges until Friday, July 20.
Elem/Midd Summer - Giving Back Week Bulletin
July 9: How can and why should I help others? Read the attached bulletin and see how we help students answer these questions in week three of the Bridges Summer Institute.
Elem/Midd Summer - View Into Future Week Recap
July 6: Catch a photo of the eighth grade's trip to WJZ-TV and other View Into the Future Week highlights right here.
Elem/Midd Summer - View Into Future Week Bulletin
July 2: What do I want to be when I grow up? The second week of the Bridges summer institute helps students answer that question. Check out this packet describing this week's events.
Elem/Midd Summer - Outdoor Week Recap
June 29: Where can you find a sporting combine, a sailing trip, and a game of "Are You Smarter Than a Head Counselor"? Right here, in this summary of Bridges' Outdoor Week activities.
Elem/Midd Summer - Outdoor Week Info Pack
June 22: Bridges kicks off its summer program for elementary and middle grades students on June 25. Week one at Bridges is known as Outdoor Week. Want to know why? Check out this packet describing the week's events.
JANUARY - MAY 2012
Bridges 3+ Induction Ceremony
May 23, 2012: Bridges inducted 13 volunteers into Bridges 3+, the Bridges volunteer honor society. Click here to learn about this event and to read what one Bridges high school student had to say about the relationship built with his favorite St. Paul's School Volunteer.
Bridges Summer Volunteer Training
May 12 & 19, 2012: This summer, 35 high school students from the St. Paul's Schools will volunteer their time as counselors in the Bridges Summer Institute. Click here to see how we prepare them for the 90+ hours each will give to Bridges this summer.
Bridges Spring After School Program Comes to an End
May 11, 2012: The Bridges Spring After School Program ended on Friday, May 11. Bridges high school students and high school students from the St. Paul's Schools volunteered as tutors in the spring session. Kickball, reading, homework help all featured here!
April 14, 2012: 80+ members of the Bridges community spent the morning cleaning the green spaces and waterways of Armistead Gardens in East Baltimore.
Bridges Visits University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program
Apri 5, 2012: Twenty five Bridges high school students venture to the University of Maryland to tour the campus and learn about the University's Incentive Awards Program. The Incentive Awards Program provides incredible opportunities for Baltimore City students. To learn more about it, click on the link above and check out our trip highlights.
Weekend Mentoring Sports a New Look at Patterson Park
March 30, 2012: The Bridges sixth grade spends a day at Patterson Park playing soccer, tennis, and golf with their weekend mentors. Three future golfing stars show their swings in the bottom of this update.
Weekend Mentoring gets Wild at the Maryland Zoo
March 17, 2012: The Bridges seventh grade and their weekend mentors meet at the Maryland Zoo for an afternoon of animal fun. Antelopes, anyone?
Weekend Mentoring Visits St. Paul's Campus
March 3, 2012: The Bridges eighth grade spends an afternoon at St. Paul's School with its weekend mentors from RBC Wealth Management. See how mentor Maureen teaches Chinese Checkers to her students. Also read about Weekend Mentoring's new food sponsorship from Miller's Deli.
Winter After School Program
Winter 2011: This winter, 27 high school students from the St. Paul's Schools provided weekly tutor mentoring to 40 Bridges fourth and fifth grade students. Shots of reading, sports, and homework help are all included in this update.
Weekend Mentoring Explores the Maryland Science Center
February 4, 2012: The Bridges eighth grade spends an afternoon at the Maryland Science Center with its weekend mentors from RBC Wealth Management. Have you ever wondered what it feels like to lay on a bed of nails? One student shows that it's actually quite comfortable.
Weekend Mentoring Goes Tricky Tracking at Oregon Ridge
January 28, 2012: The Bridges sixth grade and their weekend mentors meet at Oregon Ridge to explore its Nature Center and to learn how to identify animal tracks in the wild.
SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2011
Bridges / Loyola University Tutoring Partnership
December 2011: This year, with the help of Loyola University and its Center for Community Service and Justice, Bridges has partnered with Loyola Professor Lisa Zimmerelli, whose 10 students are providing weekly one-on-one tutoring to a select group of Bridges high school students.
Bridges Welcomes its Third Class of Weekend Mentors
December 3, 2011: Bridges welcomes its third class of Weekend Mentors, who spent a fun-filled morning meeting the Bridges sixth grade.
7th Annual Bridges Holiday Dinner
November 21, 2011: Bridges welcomes 230+ community members to the St. Paul's School Ward Center for th 7th Annual Bridges Holiday Dinner.
Weekend Mentoring Searches for Owls
November 19, 2011: The Bridges seventh grade started its second year of Bridges Weekend Mentoring searching for Owls at Oregon Ridge Nature Center.
3rd Annual Bridges Kickball Classic Fundraiser
October 1, 2011: Bridges holds the third ever “Bridges Kickball Classic”, an afternoon-long kickball tournament on the lower fields of St. Paul’s School.
JUNE - AUGUST 2011
High School Jobs – College and Career Preparation
July 2011: In addition to working in paid summer jobs, Bridges high school students meet every Monday afternoon at Govans Elementary for a series of college and career preparatory classes.
High School Jobs – Irvine Nature Center
July 2011: Four Bridges high school students have paid summer jobs at Irvine Nature Center coordinated through the YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program.
High School Jobs – City Hall
July 2011: This summer, three Bridges high school students have paid summer jobs in the City Council President’s Office coordinated through the YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program.
Elem/Midd Summer – Wrap-Up Week
July 25 – 29, 2011: Wrap-Up Week provides students with time to reflect, time to say thank you, and a variety of closing activities inside and outside of the classroom.
Elem/Midd Summer – Giving Back Week
July 11 – 15, 2011: Field trips, assemblies, and homerooms from this week help students understand the concept of leading by serving others.
Elem/Midd Summer - View into the Future Week
July 5-8, 2011: Week two at Bridges offers students a view into a variety of careers and opportunities for advanced education.
Elem/Midd Summer – Outdoor Week
June 27- July 1, 2011: The first week of the program provides Bridges’ 122 students with a study diet of language arts, math, and art instruction, as well as opportunities for special programs like yoga, swimming, and health.
JANUARY - MAY 2011
Bridges 3+ Ceremony Speech
May 26, 2011: Bridges graduate, Stephon Dingle, speaks to high school volunteers and welcomes them into Bridges 3+.
Bridges welcomes 2nd class of 3+
May 26, 2011: Bridges welcomes six students from the St. Paul’s Schools into “Bridges 3+”, a program honoring high school students that volunteer as mentors in three or more Bridges Programs
A Morning of Service
April 2, 2011: 50 Bridges students, parents, mentors, and volunteers brave 4 hours of cold and rain to participate in Project Cleanstream, a statewide effort to preserve the greater Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Weekend Mentoring Swings by Patterson Park
March 12, 2011: Bridges seventh graders spend a day at Patterson Park with mentors from RBC Wealth Management
Weekend Mentoring Makes Soap
March 5, 2011: Bridges sixth graders and weekend mentors travel to Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore County for a day of games, exploring, and soap making.
Weekend Mentoring Taps into the Fun at Irvine
February 26, 2011: Bridges seventh graders and their mentors from RBC Wealth Management gather at Irvine Nature Center for their second meeting of the year.
Elementary After School Program
Winter 2011: 28 high school students from St. Paul’s School and St. Paul’s School for Girls volunteer nearly 500 hours in the Bridges Winter After School Program.
Weekend Mentoring Glazes and Blazes
January 29, 2011: 16 Bridges sixth graders join their adult mentors for a morning to design mugs and at Amazing Glaze, a pottery design store in Mt. Washington.
SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2010
Elementary After School Program
Winter 2010: Snapshots from the first few weeks of this year’s Bridges after school program. Tutoring, reading, blob tag, and more included in this update.
Weekend Mentoring Class 2 Gets Underway
December 4, 2010: The Bridges sixth grade meets and begins getting to know its Weekend Mentors.
6th Annual Holiday Gathering
November 22, 2010: 185 Bridges parents, students, teachers, and volunteers kick-off the holiday season with the Sixth Annual Bridges Holiday Dinner.
Bridges Awarded Ravens Honor Rows for 2nd Year
October 10, 2010: 50 Bridges teachers and students spend the day at M&T Bank Stadium cheering on the Baltimore Ravens to a 31-17 victory over the Denver Broncos.
Weekend Mentoring Visits ROHA Farm
October 9, 2010: The Bridges Weekend Mentoring Project kicks-off the school year with a fall themed trip to ROHA Farms in Hydes, Maryland.
2rd Annual Bridges Kickball Classic Fundraiser
October 2, 2010: Bridges holds the 2nd Annual Bridges Kickball Classic. Bridges receives $7,500+ in registration fees and contributions from the day’s events.
JUNE - AUGUST 2010
10% Day at Charm City Run
August 7, 2010: Charm City Run, Timonium donates 10% of its sales for the day Bridges.
Elem/Midd Summer – Wrap-Up Week
July 19 – 23, 2010: Find out who wins this year’s House Cup Competition.
Elem/Midd Summer – Giving Back Week
July 12 – 16, 2010: Includes photos from student service trips to the Baer School and with the Herring Run Watershed Association.
Elem/Midd Summer – View into the Future Week
July 6 – 9, 2010: This summary features shots from View into the Future trips at Loyola University, St. Joe’s Medical Center, and the Maryland Club.
Elem/Midd Summer – Baltimore Week
June 28 – July 2, 2010: Baltimore Week kicks off with two great speakers, Rob Kasper and Jed Kirschbaum, both of The Baltimore Sun.
Elem/Midd Summer – Outdoor Week
June 21 – 25, 2010: Highlights from Outdoors Week includes a wonderful presentation by Rob Mardiney from Irvine Nature Center, and trips with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Outward Bound, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, and the Downtown Sailing Center.
JANUARY - MAY 2010
Inaugural Class of Bridges 3+
May 13, 2010: This is an exciting day for Bridges at St. Paul’s School, as the program welcomes its inaugural class of “Bridges 3+”.
Serving Baltimore City
April 10, 2010: Bridges families, staff, and RBC Weekend mentors come together for a morning of service as part of Project Clean Stream.
Bridges Graduate Accepted into Johns Hopkins University
December 2009: Dominic Thomas, who graduated from the Bridges elementary and middle grades program in 2006 is accepted into the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. In the fall of 2010, he will enter JHU through its Baltimore Scholars Program, which awards a full-tuition scholarship for Baltimore City public high school students accepted to Johns Hopkins University.
Bridges Goes to the Ravens Game
November 22, 2009: Bridges’ day at M&T Bank Stadium, recognition for community service commitments made by Bridges students in the summer of 2009.
Bridges Holiday Gathering
November 19, 2009: The 2009 Bridges holiday gathering brings together 200+ members of the Bridges community for a night of fun, service, food, and entertainment.
Bridges Kickball Tournament
October 24, 2009: The first ever Bridges Kickball Classic held on the campus of St. Paul’s School. The event raises $5,000 for Bridges and brings together 250 people for a day of kickball fun.
September 2009: Bridges graduate, Dominic Thomas, wins five out of six matches at the Vex Robotics Championship in Dallas. For this achievement, he is recognized in the September 2009 newsletter for the American Society for Engineering Education.
Bridges Community Day at Whole Foods Market
June 23, 2009: A glimpse into Bridges’ 5% Community Day at Whole Foods Market Mt. Washington, which raised $4,285 for the program.
High School Program at the Downtown Sailing Center
Winter 2009: A short article explaining Bridges’ expansion into the high school years and its partnership with the Downtown Sailing Center that provides summer jobs and college preparation for Bridges students.
T-Shirt Helps Kids, Commemorates History
January 2009: Baltimore Sun writer, Sara Neufeld, makes a blog post about the Bridges Obama Shirt which raised $5,000 for Bridges and helped start a college fund for the shirt’s student artist.
Caroline, or Change
December 2008: Bridges graduate, Aaron Bell, a freshman at the Baltimore School for the Arts, receives the role of Jackie Thibodeaux in Centerstage’s production of Caroline, or Change.
Teens off to India for Life Lessons
July 27, 2008: Bridges graduate, Lakeisha Johnson, featured in a Baltimore Sun story about three students going to India to help build a school.
Rolicking Visit to the Hospital
July 20, 2008: Baltimore Sun photographer, Monica Lopossay, shares her perspective on the fifth grade’s career week trip to St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
For Students, a Bridge to Hospital Careers
July 14, 2008: Baltimore Sun photographer, Monica Lopossay, documents the Bridges fifth grade’s career week trip to St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
Dingle to Attend St. Mary's College
April 20, 2008: Stephon Dingle, who entered Bridges in the third grade, commits to attend and play baseball at St. Mary’s College.
Cupid Accepted to Gates Millennium Scholars Program
April 15, 2008: Sherella Cupid, a member of the first class of students to graduate from Bridges' elementary and middle grades program, accepted to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bridging a Community
February 2006: St. Paul’s student, Wes Hughes, gives a glimpse of his volunteer counselor experience at Bridges during the summer of 2005.
Bridges' Goal is to Help Children Develop Skills
July 25, 2002: Baltimore Sun writer, Linda Linley, visits Bridges in July of 2002 and profiles the growing elementary and middle grades summer program.