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Education Professionals Gratitude Day returns to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

ST. MICHAELS, Md., – The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is thrilled to announce its second annual Education Professionals Gratitude Day is coming Friday, June 21, from 10am-2pm.

With the support of its community partners, CBMM is inviting anyone involved in education – teachers, administrators, and support staff – to join the celebration with free admission for PK-12 education professionals and their families, plus live music, free frozen treats, hands-on activities, exclusive discounts, and more.

Last year’s inaugural event brought more than 50 educators from across Maryland, the Eastern Shore, and beyond to CBMM’s waterfront campus. After such a memorable day, it was an easy choice to bring back the celebration to thank everyone working in education for their impact on children in our communities through their daily support, guidance, and leadership.

Education Professionals Gratitude Day is open to all PK-12 public, private, and charter school personnel, including teachers, paraprofessionals, school and district administrators, and support staff providing maintenance, transportation, security, clerical, food and other services within schools.

This Your Museum, Your Community recognition initiative is made possible by the generous support of Easton Velocity, Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems, and Shore United Bank.

“We are excited to reconnect with our friends in education and make new ones during this celebration,” CBMM’s Vice President of Education & Interpretation Jill Ferris said. “Throughout the year, our staff gets a chance to see the incredible work these special people are doing during field trips and classroom programming. We are glad to recognize them while celebrating the end of the school year with a day full of fun on our campus.”

The planned festivities are set to include a performance from musical duo Fresh Squeezed OJ, free shaved ice from Kona Ice, a visit from the Phillips Wharf Fishmobile, bronze casting demonstrations in the Shipyard, and a host of field trip-favorite activities with CBMM’s Education Team.

In addition, the honored guests receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store and on CBMM memberships that day.

There is no need to RSVP to join in the fun. PK-12 education professionals can simply check in at the Welcome Center and enjoy their visit. For any questions or additional information, contact Ferris at [email protected].

CBMM’s Education Professionals Gratitude Day is a natural fit with the organization’s educational mission. Last year, CBMM hosted more than 4,500 students, teachers, and chaperones for field trips from schools across the county, state, and region.

All Talbot County Public School students in third, fifth, and seventh grade learn from CBMM staff through field trips and in-classroom experiences, and CBMM’s Rising Tide after-school program provides to local middle school students with the opportunity to learn new skills and work with tools while exploring the history and environment of the Chesapeake region.

For more information on CBMM’s youth education programming, including Homeschool Workshops, Lighthouse Overnight Adventures, CBMM Summer Camp, Science Saturdays, and more, visit

Photo by Sharon Thorpe