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This Giving Tuesday, Support an Effective and Equitable Education for all City Schools Students

This year, the Fund for Educational Excellence is participating in Giving Tuesday, the global day of unity and giving. The Fund works tirelessly to ensure that all students in Baltimore City Public Schools- regardless of race, background, neighborhood, or school- are supported on their educational journeys from early childhood through post-secondary education. But we can’t do this without you!

Your support helps us to:Our students need us – and you – now. Join the Giving Tuesday movement today!   

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Share Some Love Thanksgiving Campaigns

On November 17, Joseph C. Briscoe Academy hosted a luncheon for their staff in which they revealed the Thanksgiving Share Some Love notes members of their school and community wrote for faculty members via individually printed booklets. With nearly 1,000 Share Some Love notes, every Joseph C. Briscoe faculty/staff member was recognized with messages of gratitude from students, colleagues, parents and community members ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays.

Check out WBAL’s coverage of the event:

Students, parents, colleagues give thanks to Baltimore teachers and staff

Over the last two years, the Heart of the Schools, the Fund’s principal-centered program, has shared over 12,000 messages of positivity through the Share Some Love end of the year campaigns. This year, we wanted to give a Thanksgiving campaign a try, and the community did not disappoint!

The Heart of the Schools received thousands of heartfelt messages from community members all across the Baltimore City Public Schools district letting City Schools staff members know how much they are valued and appreciated for their dedication to our students’ success. Take a look at some of the love notes that have come in so far:

Welcome, Alexandra Friend!

The Fund is excited to welcome Alexandra (Alle) Friend as Program Manager of our Fiscal Sponsorship Services team! Alle works closely with the Senior Program Director on the Fund’s Fiscal Sponsorship initiatives, facilitating client relationships and managing grants and contracts in close collaboration with the finance and human resources teams. An experienced nonprofit worker, she brings with her extensive knowledge and experience in the education field and remains deeply committed to the advancement and the development of youth. Welcome to the team, Alle!

MDOT MTA’s Youth Transit Council

MDOT MTA is introducing the Youth Transit Council for youth ages 14–18 in the Baltimore area. This volunteer advisory group offers a forum for young people to raise awareness and understanding of the topics most important to their transit experience. In addition to sharing ideas, the council will also provide youth with the opportunity to learn how MTA operates and discover career paths in public transportation. Learn more and apply today at mta.maryland.gov/youth-transit-council.

The Fund’s June 2021 report, “NOT IN SERVICE: Why Public Transit Must Aim to Serve Students,” outlined that about 29,000 Baltimore City Public Schools students use public transit to get to and from school—18% of MTA’s daily ridership—yet student needs were not adequately factored into the development of regular routes and service schedules. Included as one of the recommendations in our report was the necessity for the MTA to involve students in decision-making about the development of general and supplemental transit services. We see this effort as a great first step MTA can take to better engage student riders.

You can find our full student transportation report, including students’ stories, here: https://ffee.org/not-in-service/.

Of Note:
Additional insights, updates and resources.

  • On November 20, the Heart of the Schools was happy to connect the Baltimore Ravens with Belmont Elementary School for their Thanksgiving dinner and turkey giveaway event featuring star linebacker Roquan Smith. A total of 100 turkeys were distributed to families at the end of dinner. Read more, here.
  • School Choice applications open December 1, 2023. Visit the Fund’s School Choice Workshop page for a suite of resources to help you with the choice process. From a find your fit chart, a how-to video explaining City Schools’ school finder tool, and list of upcoming open houses, we’ve got you covered. Check it out, here.
  • On December 9, join Baltimore City Public Schools for the annual Choice Fair at the Baltimore Convention Center. More detail, here. Head to the Baltimore City Public Schools website for a list of the upcoming open houses and shadow days, here.
  • The Youth Library Tutorial is offering free tutoring to all students in kindergarten through grade 12. Tutoring takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Library in Waverly, and on Sundays via Zoom. For more information, click here.

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