Service. Partnership. Community.
Gilman first got involved at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS), a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade community school that uses a whole-child, hands-on approach to supporting students, through a summer tutoring program for the BMPCS students. Brooks Kitchel ’24 volunteered in the summer of 2021. “I had never done anything like it and I fell in love on the first day,” he said. “The interaction with the kids was incredible and I loved helping them with math while being able to form meaningful bonds.”
The experience left such an impression that the rising sophomore approached Director of Service Learning Donell Thompson ’91 about expanding the program beyond the summer. “We talked a couple of times and then he mentioned it to a member of the BMPCS community and they loved the idea. There was a lot of interest [from other Gilman students], which was awesome,” Kitchel said.
Beginning in February 2022, the partnership has brought students from BMPCS to Gilman’s campus every Wednesday afternoon for a math lesson with Thompson followed by one-on-one tutoring sessions with Upper School students. Their time at Gilman is not limited to classroom learning; the students also have access to other resources on campus as well.
“I just want the students to view me as a big brother, not a tutor. I think this is a really unique and incredible opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life.”