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The Calvert Marine Museum has received a grant for $5,500 from the PNC Foundation to fund preschool programs.

PNC’s Grow Up Great program is designed to help prepare children particularly underserved children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

Grow Up Great helps families, educators and community partners provide opportunities that enhance learning and development in a child’s early years.

The museum already offers two monthly programs for this age group: Sea Squirts for children 18 months to 3 and Little Minnows for children 3 to 5. Through the Grow Up Great funding, the museum will bring in guests to enhance the program offerings.

On Oct. 25, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Scales and Tales program was presented to a group of Little Minnows and their parents. On Nov. 16, Jennifer Anderson will present Fishy Fun, a musical program for the Sea Squirts.

Guests will appear monthly throughout the year.

In addition to the monthly programs, the grant supports outreach for underserved children in the area. Museum staff will be able to deliver programs to designated preschools, all supported by the PNC grant. These programs are in development and will be available in January.

On April 20, the museum will host a “Bring Your Parent to the Museum Day” as part of this program. Free for children 5 and younger and their families, it will be an opportunity for parents to watch museum staff model fun and interactive ways to use the museum as a learning experience for families.

For more information about the upcoming PNC-sponsored programs or the outreach offerings, go to

Community bank employees volunteer for Day of Caring

Community Bank of Tri-County employees participated in United Way Day of Caring events throughout Southern Maryland for the eighth consecutive year.

“Our employees are part of the everyday life in each community we serve,” said Michael Middleton, CEO of Community Bank of Tri-County, in a news release from the bank. “Participating in Day of Caring has become a tradition that is highly anticipated by our employees.”

The United Way Day of Caring is a communitywide event benefiting nonprofit agencies in Southern Maryland.

“Every year, businesses and volunteers come together to help support local non-profits in our area that are in need of assistance,” said Hayden Hammett, United Way of St. Mary’s County board member, in the release. “The participation and dedication from so many caring individuals and organizations is truly remarkable.”

Simon Youth Foundation holds bowling fundraiser

Nearly 100 bowlers from 50 area companies participated in the fourth annual Bowling for Education on Oct. 9 in support of Simon Youth Foundation.

More than $80,000 was raised.

Since the inception of the fundraiser in 2008, the Mid-Atlantic Simon Property Group malls including St. Charles Town Center with support of local businesses, have raised more than $220,000 for the youth foundation.

The organization’s mission is to support students considering dropping out of high school. The foundation helps at-risk youth achieve success through Simon Youth Academics as well as scholarships. The foundation provides $10,000 in scholarships each year.

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