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Okinawan Karate Dojo Provides Leadership Programs for Elementary School Students

May 8th, 2018

The Howard County Public School System has partnered with Okinawan Karate Dojo to support wellness, healthy lifestyles and leadership programming for students at Bellows Spring, Ducketts Lane, Fulton, Northfield, Veterans, and Worthington elementary schools. The longstanding partnership was renewed with an official partnership signing on Monday, May 7, at Okinawan Karate Dojo in Ellicott City.

Under the terms of the agreement, Okinawan will conduct fall and spring in-school leadership programs, including team building and self-awareness activities, for students at participating elementary schools. Okinawan also will provide activities and instruction for school Field Days and Family Wellness Nights throughout the year.

HCPSS representatives alongside the Okinawan Dojo owner for partnership signing.

HCPSS Area 3 Community Superintendent Pat Saunderson, Ducketts Lane Elementary School Principal Heidi Balter, Bellows Spring Elementary School Principal Carol Hahn and Fulton Elementary School Principal Sharon Lewandowski joined Okinawan Karate Dojo owner Stanley Crump to sign the formal partnership agreement at the May 7 event.

Okinawan Karate Dojo keeps students involved, committed, inspired and prepared through its karate classes for all age groups. The karate instruction is based on the principles of Uechi-Ryu, which originated in Okinawa, Japan.

The Howard County Public School System’s Partnerships Office has united schools with more than 1,000 businesses and community organizations to enhance the educational experience of Howard County students. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.

For more information, contact Partnerships Office Manager Mary Schiller at 410-313-6655 or