Thunder Hill Elementary School, in Columbia, recently established three new partnerships with local businesses organizations, the school system announced last week.
The partnerships — with All Time Toys, Abrakadoodle and Roundhouse Martial Arts — will support student recognition and career awareness, according to the school system.
All Time Toys is an Ellicott City store that sells vintage and modern toys, new and used action figures, and collectibles. Abrakadoodle is a nationwide visual arts program for children, with a local office that serves Howard County and surrounding areas, that provides art experiences at schools and in the community. Roundhouse Martial Arts, in Columbia, offers instruction in krav maga, hapkido and TACT Self-Defense.
Under the terms of the partnerships, the owners of All Time Toys, Abrakadoodle and Roundhouse Martial Arts will speak to Thunder Hill students about entrepreneurship and operating a business.
According to the school system, All Time Toys will work with Thunder Hill educators to support the school's Positive Behavior Intervention System, a program which uses incentives and rewards to motivate students to make good choices. Abrakadoodle will help staff further integrate the arts into core content areas and to strengthen students' synthesis, analysis, reasoning and communications skills across multiple disciplines. Roundhouse Martial Arts will offer team building, self-awareness and exercise activities for school field days and staff wellness programs, and will display student work and projects at its Columbia dojo.