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and before she arrived she sent out a survey to the teachers asking what needed to stay the same and what needed to change. “Every survey I received back noted the importance of the SMASH program.” In it s promot iona l brochure, the program boasts “One hundred percent of the students improved their grades in one or more subjects.” At this point, the St. Michaels schools are the only ones in Talbot County with a community-funded after-school tutoring program. “Our focus is on St. Michaels,” McAllister says. “But if someone wants to take it to other schools, we would love to talk to them because it works.”

and math teacher works with even smaller groups of students on enrichment projects. They use applied math and logic to build things out of toothpicks, cotton balls and other supplies to build things as a team. K athy Regan, a second-grade teacher who has worked w it h SMASH for four years, says students tend to be more receptive to learning during the after-school sessions. “They feel like they can relax and learn without being pressured by others in the classroom during the regular school day. They feel more comfortable with themselves. They feel like if they say the wrong thing in front of others here, it is okay. We don’t want it to be, ‘You guys are failing, so you have to be in SMASH.’ They don’t look at it that way. They like each other. They get along with each other.” Bullock says SMASH has become an important part of the school’s curriculum. She says she has been principal here for just two years,

The St. Michaels After School Help Program is a 501(c)3 charity. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Mid- Shore C ommunit y Foundation c/o Linda Seemans, P.O. Box 69, Bozman, Maryland 21612. Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at amazon.com. Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at dickcooper@coopermediaassociates.com. 40

November 2017 ttimes web magazine  
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Tidewater Times November 2017