Bridges at Gilman

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About Bridges

In 1993, Bridges was founded at St. Paul’s School with the goal of making summer into a time of growth, rather than a time of regression for motivated, but underserved East Baltimore students. It started as a two-summer academic and cultural enrichment program for eighteen fourth and fifth grade students attending Coldstream Park Elementary, a Title I School in East Baltimore.

Over the last 18 years, Bridges has evolved and expanded its program offering in an effort to ensure that the motivated young people that enter Bridges have the support and guidance necessary to become the young leaders our society needs.

Bridges at Gilman

Gilman opened its own site in 2014 and currently serves 36 public school students in grades 4-6. In addition to hosting a five-week summer institute, Gilman provides a year-round after-school program for fourth and fifth grade students from Yorkwood Elementary, Leith Walk Elementary, Govans Elementary, and Cecil Elementary Schools. Sixth graders participate in monthly Weekend Learning Adventures throughout the school year.

Summer Institute 2018

Student dissects a cow heart.
Student pets a goat.
Bridges student visits with a goat.
Bridges students group photo on a field trip.
Bridges students with Naval Academy personnel.
Bridges student communicates with a penguin at the aquarium.
Bridges students at the penguin tank at the aquarium.
A Bridges student lays on the bed of nails at the Maryland Science Center.
Bridges group stands  under dinosaur models at the Maryland Science Center.
Bridges students dig for dinosaur bones.
Students find fossils at the Maryland Science Center.
Bridges student explores an interactive exhibit.
Bridges students deliver a weather forecast.
Bridges students in front of WBAL TV 11 sign.
Bridges students goof off.
Bridges students pose in front of the Made In America exhibit sign.
Bridges student assembles a model oyster can.
Bridges students on tour in Annapolis.
A student shows his lost tooth!
A student waits for a lecture to begin.
Students swim in the Gilman pool.
A teacher and student play chess.
Five students and their adult leader pose for a group shot.
Students pose near the home team dugout at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Bridges students sit in the home dugout at Orioles Park.
A boy smilies in front of the jelly fish tank.
A boy climbs a rock wall.
Group pose on a field trip.
A girl smiles on a field trip.
A student enjoys a flamingo swim float.
Student pets a turtle.
Student (not so happily) meets a snake.
Group photo at Gilman, on the terrace overlooking the fields.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Bridges at Gilman staff.

David Menard

Elementary School Director of Bridges at Gilman
School: 678

Sydney Michener

High School Program Associate Director of Bridges


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    Serves 36 Baltimore City Public School Students



    Gilman Upper School Students give


    volunteer hours at the Summer Institute