The National Aquarium welcomed 2,479 guests to its 25th annual Grade A Student Night celebration on June 22 and June 29. The event rewards area students who achieve three or more A’s (or equivalent) in any one marking period with a free evening of entertainment and exploration, along with opportunities for the whole family to join in the celebration.
To accommodate the growing popularity of Grade A Student Night, the event took place over two nights for the first time. This year’s extended celebration served twice the number of attendees from surrounding communities, welcoming 575 families and recognizing 1,010 Pre-K – 12 students from schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.
“Every year, we hear countless anecdotes of students who work diligently to earn this reward; they are proud to have the opportunity to treat their families to a night out at the Aquarium,” said Jenny Hamilton, community programs manager for the National Aquarium. “We are honored to provide access for our community to join this meaningful celebration and we hope to inspire the next generation of conservationists.”
In addition to enjoying full access to the Aquarium’s exhibits and animals, guests experienced special showings in the 4-D Immersion Theater, live musical performances, animal encounters and more. Attendees also learned about school and family education programs that allow them to stay involved with the Aquarium throughout the year.