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Faith-based organizations reach Baltimore students after school hours

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There is more learning that takes place for students after the school bell rings.

CEF is an acronym which stands for Child Evangelism Fellowship. It is an international program and has just come back as an after school program in the Baltimore area in the 1970's. The aim is to introduce children between the ages of 4 and 14 to Christ and principles of truth as well as life lessons.

The state office for CEF is located on Rolling Road. Meetings are held at either the state office or one of the nine participating churches every six weeks.

Arlington and Grove Park Elementary/Middle are just two of the schools in the northwest Baltimore area that offer the program. There are 28 students at Arlington Elementary/Middle and 17 at Grove Park. There are, at this particular time, five adults who work with the program at these two schools. There are three classes, called Good News Clubs, between the schools. The teachers include: Ruby Wake, Louise Holley, Flo Williams, and Patrena Booze. Matwaia Isabelle is the coordinator. All of the ladies attend St. Timothy's Christian Baptist Church, the sponsoring church for both programs.

The program operates one day per week from early October to early May.

The activities included Bible lessons, games, and songs, but the emphasis is upon biblical teaching geared toward the ages and interests of the children. Video materials and recordings keep students actively involved in the teachings. The idea is to save a child and save a life.

The participating churches provide materials and snacks.

Arlington Elementary/Middle School is located at 3705 W. Rogers Avenue. The principal, Emily Hunter, can be reached at 410-396-0567.

Grove Park Elementary/Middle is located at 5545 Kennison Avenue and the principal, Tracey Carter, can be reached at 410-396-0822.

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