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Share Some Love Thanksgiving Campaigns Now Live!

As we approach the season of gratitude and giving thanks, the Heart of the Schools is excited to launch Share Some Love Thanksgiving campaigns for schools within the Baltimore City Public Schools district.

We’re inviting community members to write heartfelt messages to their favorite City Schools staff members, letting them know how much they are valued and appreciated for their dedication to our students’ success. It’s the perfect way to spread love and positivity this Thanksgiving. Don’t see your school listed? Reach out to your principal and encourage them to sign up!

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Farewell, Ruth Farfel!

After over five years at the Fund for Educational Excellence, our esteemed colleague, Ruth Farfel, is transitioning from her role as Manager of Analysis and Engagement. Ruth first joined the Fund as the Program Associate for the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLR) in 2018, where she supported literacy resource building for young students and their families.

During her time at the Fund, Ruth has contributed to critical efforts across the programmatic spectrum of the organization’s work, including: focusing on literacy improvement for grades K-3; assisting with grant reporting for the Fund’s development efforts and Heart of the Schools program; supporting all aspects of the Fund’s Analysis & Engagement reports; and leading coordination of the Fund’s School Choice Workshops.

Ruth will be greatly missed by everyone at the Fund for Educational Excellence. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!

National Principals Month: Honoring Exceptional Leaders in Baltimore City Public Schools

October is National Principals Month! We believe the principalship plays a critical role in creating positive school cultures that foster growth and improved outcomes for the staff, students and families they serve. While the Heart of the Schools celebrates principals year-round, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the principals who work tirelessly to create a safe, supportive, and engaging learning environment for their students.

Take a look below at some principal praise we’ve received, and shared, from community members over the years:

Save The Date: GivingTuesday is Just a Month Away!

On November 28, 2023, people all around the world are coming together for GivingTuesday, a global day of unity and giving that seeks to harness the power of human connection, generosity, and positive change. Among the organizations participating in this noble effort is the Fund for Educational Excellence.

The Fund is committed to ensuring that every student in Baltimore City Public Schools has access to an excellent and equitable education that prepares them for a bright future. This means creating innovative solutions, providing resources, and recognizing excellence wherever it exists.

By joining the GivingTuesday movement, you are making a tangible difference in the lives of students throughout Baltimore City, proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.

Of Note:
Additional insights, updates and resources.

  • Last Friday, October 20, the Fund’s very own Ruth Farfel joined Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition’s School Bus Safety panel discussion as part of their Transit Day of Equity series. Watch, here.
  • ICYMI: We are thrilled to announce the newly redesigned Heart of the Schools website! With an updated layout, better navigation and more in-depth program information, we hope you love it as much as we do. Be sure to check it out for yourself, here.
  • The full list of City Schools open houses and shadow days is now live. Check it out, here.
  • 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.

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