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Babcock childcare center certified as wildlife habitat [Towson]

The children of A+ at Babcock, a before and after school care center for students from Pleasant Plains and Cromwell Valley elementary schools, took part in a program to help the wildlife. Their center was certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
The children of A+ at Babcock, a before and after school care center for students from Pleasant Plains and Cromwell Valley elementary schools, took part in a program to help the wildlife. Their center was certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.(submitted photo)

A+ Care at Babcock, a before and after school childcare center for about 30 students from Pleasant Plains and Cromwell Valley elementary schools, is now a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

For 6 weeks in April and May, Susan McGill of the National Wildlife Federation came to A+ Care on Fridays to teach the children about the animals in their neighborhood and what they can do to keep their habitat safe.

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McGill taught the children about the different kinds of local birds, what they like to eat, and what the children can put out to bring different birds to their feeders. With McGill's help, the students hung three birdhouses, two bird feeders, and three birdbaths on the church grounds on Loch Raven Boulevard.

In addition to establishing a nurturing feeding ground for the birds, the children learned about the things in their environment that can be harmful to the animals and what they can do to make the area safer.

McGill presented the children with a National Wildlife Federation certificate that recognizes the childcare center as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The students are expected to maintain the area to preserve a safe and welcome area for the birds and other wildlife creatures.

Calvert Hall students, faculty, and families rallied together for several different causes this spring to raise money for both international and local crises.

The school raised money for Les Bons Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti. Almost $600 in donations were raised through "High Hoops for Haiti," an intramural basketball tournament run through Campus Ministry. Donations were sent to the school where Calvert Hall students visit each spring on the Haiti Immersion trip. This money will help sponsor several elementary students at the school for the upcoming school year.

In addition to the money for Les Bons Samaritans School, students raised over $400 to help Catholic Relief Services rebuild areas in Nepal after their devastating earthquake.

Calvert Hall's most recent campaign raised money to help rebuild city neighborhoods and assist families who were affected by the riots in Baltimore and the subsequent looting. The Calvert Hall community collected almost $800, which was sent to the Baltimore Community Foundation to aid in their efforts.

Congratulations to West Towson Elementary third grader Maggie Back, who placed first with her creative artwork in the school's annual T-shirt design contest. The shirts were sold at the "Westy's Walk" event held on the Loyola Blakefield campus on May 9 as part of a fundraiser for West Towson Elementary. Maggie's sister, Gracy Back, was the winner in last year's T-shirt design contest.

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