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Set Sail for School

August 26, 2023

Included with Museum Entry
a little boy sitting with a kindergarten book and is smiling

At Port Discovery, we know that the beginning of the school year sparks a complex mixture of big feelings in children, and we strive to ensure it’s the big positive feelings that get the upper hand. As the school-jitter-storm gathers, consider Port Discovery to be your anchor. Our annual Set Sail for School event brings the Baltimore community together to support this transitional time for children and promote their love of learning and play.

Special Guests & Local Partners for Set Sail for School

Baltimore City Early Learning: Bringing fun, opportunities, education, and information to families with young children in Baltimore.

Bedtime in a Box: Bedtime in a Box is a creative but simple solution that supports the health and educational development of children prior to entering school by providing families with the materials, tools, and training they need to enact a comprehensive bedtime routine, seven days a week.

Kangaroo Kids: The Kangaroo Kids is a precision jump rope team from Howard County, Maryland. Their rope jumping is choreographed to contemporary and traditional music, where every foot jumps in unison and every rope hits the floor simultaneously. The mission of the Kangaroo Kids is to promote physical fitness and goodwill by example and by demonstration of their jump rope skills.

Enoch Pratt Library: Enoch Pratt Free Library seeks to empower, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all through equitable access to information, services, and opportunity.

Irvine Nature Center: Through extensive educational program­ming, Irvine’s goal is to ex­pose children and adults to the importance of environmental literacy. They show the importance of environmental stewardship and teach a concern for the planet that translates into actions that help preserve our natural world and create a healthier planet.

LTYC: Through arts education programming, their mission is to encourage youth to use their gifts and strengths by applying the arts and leadership as tools, to help promote success and balance in their lives.

The Maryland Book Bank: The Maryland Book Bank is a nonprofit organization committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods.

MD Food Bank: The Maryland Food Bank is a non-profit organization leading the movement to end hunger in Maryland.

No Boundaries Coalition: Through training, education, and base building they deconstruct physical and imagined barriers in Central West Baltimore, thereby empowering residents to lead and live sustained community transformation.

PEP: PEP’s mission is to build strong, harmonious family relationships through parenting education, skills training and support. They help adults foster the values of mutual respect, shared responsibility, competence and cooperation in young people, preparing them to make positive contributions to their families, their communities and the world at large.

Promise Heights: Promise Heights is Responsive Parenting. Promise Heights invests heavily in parenting programs, from birth to age five, that increase the availability of support for parents and decreases negative parent/child interactions. Parenting education leads to healthier social and emotional adjustment of children which leads to better attendance which leads to improved academic outcomes.

The Literacy Lab: The Literacy Lab provides students–in communities experiencing racial and/or economic inequities–with evidence-based, culturally responsive literacy instruction as preparation for academic, professional, and personal success.

Urban Strategies: USI is a national nonprofit with extensive experience in the design and implementation of place-based human capital development strategies in communities that are undergoing comprehensive physical revitalization.


This event is sponsored in part by WBAL Kids Campaign

Bringing fun, opportunities, education, and information to families with young children in Baltimore.