Afya Baltimore students learn about the Bay at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Nine students and two teachers from Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore spent a recent weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum learning about the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay.

Pictured with the students from the left are Afya teacher Julie Oxenhandler, Afya Community School Coordinator Scott Johnson, CBMM Shipwright Educator Matthew Engel, CBMM President Kristen Greenaway, CBMM Board Member Len Foxwell, and Maryland State Delegate Cory V. McCray

The students spent time exploring CBMM’s St. Michaels campus, working on a dugout canoe, tonging for oysters, and trying their hand at blacksmithing. They were also able to cruise the Miles River aboard Volunteer, a replica Smith Island crab scraping boat, with each student getting a chance to steer.

This is the first time students from Afya have visited CBMM, which would not have been possible without the support of Maryland State Delegates Cory V. McCray and Antonio Hayes, and CBMM Board Member Len Foxwell. Two more visits to CBMM are planned.

Founded in 2007, Afya Baltimore Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started by five Baltimore City Public School System educators for the purpose of creating charter schools in the city of Baltimore.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay, with values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. More information is at