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Promise Heights awarded a $30M Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant

Jennifer Hasselbusch

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarding $30 million over 5 years to Promise Heights as one of their most recent Promise Neighborhood implementation awards recipients. In a press release from The University of Maryland Baltimore*, “[t]his funding [will provide] access to educational and enrichment opportunities that underfunded and under-resourced schools like the ones in Upton/Druid Heights so desperately need,” said Promoise Heights Executive Director Bronwyn Mayden, MSW.

“When we talk about the achievement gap for children of color, we should be more focused on the lack of equity which exists for schools in high-poverty neighborhoods.” We are excited for what the future will bring and cannot wait to begin the work. Thank you for your support—we would not be able to do this work without you.

*To read the full press release from University of Maryland Baltimore here.

The Community Schools National Forum honors Hallie Atwater with the Community School Coordinator Award for 2018

Jennifer Hasselbusch

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Congratulations to the AMAZING Hallie Atwater for receiving the National Community School Coordinator Award!

Her work with the Renaissance Academy High School #433 school community will be recognized at the 2018 National Forum in Baltimore on May 2-4. She's being honored for developing over 40 school-community partnerships, focusing on issues of social justice and violence prevention, and lifting up youth and family voices to successfully advocate to keep the school open.

Click to learn more about the Community Schools National Forum Leadership Awardee winners  

Hope to see you in May for the big event! #Partner4Equity

Parent University I 9 Graduates in the news!

Jennifer Hasselbusch

This past Tuesday, November 7th, marked graduation day for the 9th class of Parent University. While this occasion that has always been a wonderful way to wrap up the class, this past Tuesday WJZ 13 reporter Mike Schuh stopped by to learn more about our program and families. Watch his segment here.

Thank you Mike and WJZ for meeting our parents and showing off the great work they are doing to improve the lives of their kids.

Our next round of Parent University I will begin in late February. For more information contact Britney Pitts, Parent University I Coordinator.

 

Renaissance Academy Renovations Unveiled on September 18, 2017

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Renaissance Academy Senior Tyshaun Wallace speaks to Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson after the press conference on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Renaissance Academy Senior Tyshaun Wallace speaks to Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson after the press conference on Monday, September 18, 2017.

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!

Read more about the press conference:

Video coverage:

  • CBS            
  • WBAL        

 

photo credit: Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun and Betsy Stein, University of Maryland Baltimore

Renaissance Academy renovations, courtesy of the Ravens

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Ravens officials said owner Steve Bisciotti was moved after reading articles about the school's plight and the devotion of the students. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore)

Ravens officials said owner Steve Bisciotti was moved after reading articles about the school's plight and the devotion of the students. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore)

Earlier this year, Baltimore City Schools announced that an anonymous donor had given $1 million dollars to be used for the renovation of Renaissance Academy after public outcry surrounding the potential closing of the school at the end of SY17. We are very happy to report that this week the Ravens have revealed themselves to be the generous donor. They have also kicked in an additional $500,000 to be put toward the completion of the school renovations.

You can read the full article written by Contact Reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Andrea K. McDaniels, by clicking here.

We are extremely thankful to the Ravens for making it possible for our students to stay in the school they love and look forward to the reopening of Renaissance on September 5th when SY18 begins.