A press conference on Monday, September 18th, marked the official unveiling of extensive renovations to Renaissance Academy High School. Started at the end of the 2016-2107 school year, the project was funded by a generous donation of $1.5 million byThe Baltimore Ravens to Baltimore City Public Schools after seeing multiple stories about the dedication of RA students and the community to the school.
Speakers at the event included Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Ravens President Dick Cass, Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson, CEO of BCPS Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, University of Maryand Baltimore President Jay Perman, and RA Principal Nikkia Rowe. Improvements made to the school include:
- Classrooms modified to increase office space for social workers and mentors who need private settings to provide counseling services to students.
- New food pantry and laundry room
- Updated science and art rooms.
- A large student common area.
- Cosmetic and beautification to throughout the school and complete re-do of the lobby.
Perhaps Nikkia Rowe, RA Principal, says it best.
"At Renaissance, we always speak to 'changing the outcome,' and we are humbled by the leap of faith taken by the entire Ravens organization."
Thank you to the Baltimore Ravens for improving the lives of our students and teachers!
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photo credit: Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun and Betsy Stein, University of Maryland Baltimore