- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
The Prime Time Childrenís and Youth Activity Center entered a business partnership with Northern High Schoolís Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for the 2011-2012 school year. Each year, FBLA student-members select a business to form a partnership with as their project for the school year and then document and present the results of the project in a statewide competition with all other Maryland FBLA chapters — 90 entrants in all. The competition was held in April, and Northernís FBLA chapter took first place, winning the top score in four out of four categories — a singularly major achievement, a press release states. From here, the students went on to compete in the national competition among other winning FBLA business partnership projects held in San Antonio, Texas, in July 2012. They came in sixth place, a feat that reflects great credit, not only on Northern High School and each FBLA participant, but on all other members of their FBLA chapter; their advisor, Nancy Cohen; and the director of Prime Time, Brenda Tyrell, and her staff.
Tyrell, the release states, is proud of the accomplishments and recognition achieved by Northernís FBLA team members, who spent many hours at the center involved in hands-on learning and observation about what it takes — hour by hour — to operate a large, successful and respected child care center; what the day is like for the children as they go about their learning and playing activities; how administration is carried out behind computers and desks; and how a close relationship between teachers and parents is nurtured by the center to ensure individual and collective needs of the children are met. Not only did the team members spend time learning, they spent time helping by developing surveys and conducting them in a way that was most useful and helpful to the center, and by helping with such activities as the Fall Fest, which brings children, parents and extended families together for an evening of fun and social interaction. Northernís FBLA has not only brought its chapterís success to the national level, according to the release, but it has acquainted many within Maryland and across the U.S. with the caliber of child care available in Calvert County as well.