Sponsor A Program

Sponsor field trips—$500 or $30

LINK kindergartners outside the panda exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

A recent study found that students who went on field trips showed an increased willingness to learn, greater cultural awareness, better collaboration, and higher grades after their travels. “Field trip Fridays” open LINK Summer students up to the benefits of travelling, and many students see the Chesapeake Bay for the first time with the Village Learning Place (VLP). Give LINK students the opportunity to explore sites like The National Aquarium and Port Discovery with a field trip sponsorship. A $500 sponsorship will provide one bus for a Friday field trip. A $30 sponsorship covers one student’s $5 field trip cost for all 6 summer expeditions.

Sponsor a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) service learning project—$200

LINK 4th-grade students study fruit flies through a microscope.

Students in LINK After School often share that the STEM service learning project is their favorite activity of the year, and it’s easy to see why. Each class identifies an area of need in the community and uses STEM to pose solutions. The students decide which issue to tackle, how to address it, and are given a $200 budget to purchase materials to build their design. Help LINK students realize their power to create change with a $200 sponsorship of a STEM service learning project.

Sponsor classroom technology—$125

Two LINK Leaders (high school students) complete a computer coding assignment.

Digital resources are inevitable in the daily lives and futures of today’s youth. Kids and teens spend hours a day, on average, looking at screens mostly for entertainment purposes. With more technological resources, the VLP can teach students how to use digital resources as educational tools, and turn some of that daily screen time into career-building exploration. Support this goal with a $125 sponsorship of classroom technology.

Sponsor adult enrichment programs—$75

Attendees browse a photo exhibit at a recent 2nd Wednesdays program.

Many audience members at 2nd Wednesdays, the Village Learning Place’s monthly adult cultural program, are regular attendees. A 2016 study found that lifelong learners are 30% more likely to cite libraries* than the internet as their primary source of education. This may be why some 2nd Wednesdays attendees rarely miss a program! Music performances, historical re-enactments, food tastings, and political discussions are only a few of the activities you can bring to the library with a $75 sponsorship.

Sponsor garden supplies—$50

The garden is educational and beautiful.

You don’t need a green thumb to help keep the Village Learning Place garden a beautiful green space for all to enjoy. A group of skilled volunteers comes once a month to weed, clean, and plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Their dedication created the space that the Baltimore Sun referred to as a “hidden little gem” in 2018. You can join the effort with a $50 sponsorship of garden supplies and equipment that will educate and delight everyone who strolls through.

Interested in volunteering in the garden? Email vlpnews@villagelearningplace.org to get involved.

Sponsor art supplies—$30

A young artist in LINK After School paints a picture.

Research shows that arts instruction boosts creativity, perseverance, critical thinking, and cultural awareness. Engaging in the arts improves outcomes for youth in school, work, and life, yet it’s often sidelined for academic instruction. The Village Learning Place believes self-expression is a pathway to empowerment and we are committed to holistic student development through exposure to the arts. A $30 sponsorship provides students with the materials they need to unleash their inner artist.

*Libraries and other locales, such as high schools and places of worship.

Sponsor a tots storytime book giveaway—$25

Tots Tuesdays spread the joys of reading.

Some traditions are too good to let go of, even as libraries everywhere quickly adapt to meet 21st-Century learning needs. Storytimes are one of those timeless treasures. A child gains literacy education, a love for books, and social stimulation when an adult reads to them. Each week, families and caretakers of young children are invited to experience the joys of reading together during Tots Tuesday Storytimes at the Village Learning Place. A $25 sponsorship makes for an extra special Tots Tuesday by providing a free copy of the book for every young reader who attends.