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The Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth recently hosted a business community breakfast at Calvert County Public Schools’ Calvert Career and Technology Academy. We would like to thank the academy for its hospitality and efforts in making our event a success. Thank you to the food production and management students, who, under the direction of instructors chef Karl Hille and pastry chef Alessia O’Dell, presented a delicious array of homemade baked goods. “Our taste buds enjoyed your talents.”

And, thank you to the businesses that attended showing their support and offering praises and suggestions on the event survey. Several attendees specifically mentioned they enjoyed the testimonies of Patuxent High School seniors Kaitlyn Torney and Raphael Douglas. We thank Kaitlyn and Raphael for their willingness to share their success stories and for the support CCCY receives from Patuxent High School.

We would also like to acknowledge Principal Mark Wilding, who took time out of his schedule to attend the event and guide a group tour of the academy. The academy is a state-of-the-art facility with numerous educational and training opportunities for Calvert’s youth.

And lastly, CCCY wants to thank board of directors member Justin Ruest for suggesting the academy and coordinating the event.

Guffrie Smith, St. Leonard

The writer is the president of the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth.