Beyond the Bell: Taking On Water

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Beyond the Bell: Taking On Water
Posted on 05/22/2018
Authored by Joshua Hamborsky

Living on the Eastern Shore, a peninsula bordered by water on three sides, affords us the opportunity to enjoy our waterways through swimming, surfing, fishing, boating, and more. In addition, living in Worcester County means that you are not a far drive from a body water, and chances are, someone in your family or neighborhood are fishermen or watermen, recreationally or professionally.

To continue these traditions of enjoying the water, safely, Snow Hill High School and Snow Hill Middle School afterschool programs have paired with the Department of Natural Resources to give students the opportunity to earn a Maryland Boating Certification. Student complete 15 hours of course work and take a final exam to meet state requirements. Students learn safety procedures, knot tying and helpful tips from several different members of DNR. Jet skis and other vessels have shown up on site to help assist the instruction with hands-on learning. Students will be ready to safely launch their boats by the beginning of summer. We couldn't be more proud of our students! They will soon be certified, safe boaters!

The SHHS Academy 100 Afterschool program is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. You can support local afterschool programs like this through volunteerism, advocacy and in-kind donations. For more information about or to offer support for WCPS afterschool programs, contact Tamara Mills at

Students practicing knot-tying with instructor  Instructor showing kids knot-tying techniques

Beyond the Bell: Afterschool Success Stories is a new weekly web featurette showcasing the opportunities offered to students through afterschool programs across the county. Beyond the Bell is published every Tuesday.