National Aquarium encourages students throughout the area to keep up their studies during the last weeks of the school year as the organization will be hosting their annual Grade A Student Night on Thursday, June 20, 2013. The event celebrates students who have achieved three or more A’s (or equivalent) in any one marking period and are enrolled in PreK-12 in Baltimore City, Baltimore County or Howard County and offers those students free admission from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This year, students who attend will enjoy an Under-the-Sea-themed event and will have the opportunity to view all of the Aquarium’s exhibits while experiencing special showings in the 4D Immersion Theater, music, animal encounters a visit from the Aquarium’s mascot, Puffin, and much more! In addition, students will benefit from a special appearance from Mario, R&B star, Baltimore native and founder of the Mario Do Right Foundation. In conjunction with the Aquarium and other local/national partners, the foundation supports community-based services and enrichment programs devoted to serving youth in challenged communities.
Grade “A” Student Night is just one of the educational and outreach programs offered by National Aquarium that benefit the community. During the 2012-2013 school year thus far, National Aquarium has provided free admission to over 52,000 students, teachers and chaperones through a grant from the MDSE.
Mario Do Right Foundation
The mission of the Mario Do Right Foundation is to educate, mentor and support youth adversely affected by substance abuse in the home and in under-served communities. The organization was birthed out of the desire to educate the nation on the need for additionally substance abuse prevention resources in our communities. With years of proven results, the Mario Do Right Foundation has brought about tangible change by providing services and resources to families, schools and communities. Expanding its reach nationwide, The Foundation is regularly called upon by local and national politicians, researchers and practitioners to help shape policy that affect disadvantaged youth and communities. Mario along with Kevin Shird, his co-founder and childhood friend, has broadened the conversation regarding substance abuse prevention and the need to support children of addicted parents.