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Issue No. 12
Winter 2009

The Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) is a nonprofit organization that operates public charter schools in Baltimore City. BCP transforms underperforming high-poverty schools into high-performing charter schools by implementing research-based instructional methods, customized professional development, performance monitoring, and other key program supports.

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In Memoriam: Board Member David Holder

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On Sunday, September 12, 2008 BCP Board Member David Holder passed away after a 14 month struggle with Lymphoma.

On Monday, September 15th, more than seven hundred people gathered to celebrate David Holder’s life and legacy. The following remarks are from BCP Board Chairman George Hess:

My name is George Hess. I have known David as a baby, a boy, an adolescent, a man, a surrogate son, my boss, and as a very close friend.

Remarkably bright and quick to learn things, David rarely made the same mistake twice because he retained every detail of his past experiences.

With his creative thinking, he was a tower of strength for any organization in which he was involved.

A few years ago I was meeting with him about something to do with his business and told him about a new Board I was forming for an organization called the Baltimore Curriculum Project.

The mission of the organization was and is to take failing public schools after they have been converted to Charter Schools and make them into good schools.He told me about his experience with the KIPP school in D.C. and immediately said he wanted to help.

I told him the Board would meet 4 times a year in Baltimore plus committee meetings that would likely be in Baltimore as well. In his wonderful, direct, enthusiastic way, he said driving didn’t bother him; he knew and cared about Baltimore and he wanted to be involved. He loved helping disadvantaged people because he believed that if they had a fair chance, they could improve their lot.

So, among other things in the little more than two years that he was actively involved, the Baltimore Curriculum Project got him to head our Finance Committee, our Strategic Planning Committee, and to be the Treasurer of the organization. He was fabulous, and the other Board members and paid staff loved him. The abounding energy that he showed was one of his trademarks.

Another was his respect for people as individuals for what they could contribute to the cause. You never felt old, young, female, black, or white when you worked with David. You were a person who was respected for what you were contributing honestly to the cause.

If you weren’t straight and honest, you were soon off his team whether it was business, lacrosse, basketball, going fishing, or dealing with life’s prosaic problems. Once he respected you and believed in you, he was loyal to a fault.
With all these great attributes he also had a great sense of humor and laughed a lot.

I remember when Prime Shot, the photography company he and Mike Niccolini created, rented a 10,700 square foot space on Vermont Avenue in downtown Washington. The place had small offices strewn around the perimeter and a huge open space in the middle.

I was the curmudgeon CFO of the organization. He had seen the space first and knew I questioned whether we needed so many square feet.

When I saw it, I asked him what we were going to do with all this open space. So he opened a big bag he had brought with him, pulled out a football, and said, “We can have some great touch football games.”

Though I could talk for hours about David, I’ll tell you only one other story about him. Last January after the tumors had returned to his gut and he was involved in his second regiment of chemotherapy, Mike Niccolini needed help with some aspects of their business.

Dave Sislen, Lara George, and I had volunteered and were asked to meet with Mike. As the three of us were waiting for Mike, we reflected on why we wanted to be involved.

Lara said it better than Dave and I when she said: “David Holder is the personification of ‘good,’ and you have to want to help his company at a time like this.”


David Will be Missed
By Alison Perkins-Cohen

David Holder joined BCP’s Board of Directors in February of 2006. One of several new Board members that joined the Board that year, David brought with him the passion, enthusiasm and intelligence that he brought to all his endeavors.

I met and got to know David through his service to the BCP Board. Immediately upon meeting him I was struck by the spark of inner light and curiosity that was a signature of David’s personality. David did nothing half heartedly and the BCP Board was no exception.

He was immediately energized by the critical mission of BCP and the potential to improve the lives of so many students. Possibilities were always limitless as far as David was concerned and he applied his capacity for strategic planning, analytical mind, and financial and business expertise to the many challenges and issues presented to the Board.

David’s engagement and leadership on the Board was extensive. He proved a strong and thoughtful Chair of the Finance Committee. He spearheaded and was largely responsible for the development of a five year strategic plan for the organization and ensured its careful and thorough implementation. We deeply benefited from his insights and thoughtful contributions to the organization and his impacts remain clear today and will for some time to come.

I guess I somewhat assumed that the level of devotion and passion that David offered to BCP must surely have been a unique gift. However, at David’s memorial service, I was struck by how consistent and far reaching his impact on the world was. Every one of the many people who spoke that day and with whom I spoke during the service attended by over seven hundred mourners, all described David in the exact same way I knew him.

They all highlighted his kindness, positive outlook, enthusiasm and unwavering belief in the goodness of those around him. They also described his deep belief in the possibility and responsibility to improve the world around us.

I imagine I assumed I would hear about different aspects of David’s life or personality from those who had the privilege of knowing him longer. Not so. David was David all the time with everyone he knew and it was this capacity to be true to himself that made him a wonderful and impassioned servant to the world and those around him.

I will miss him and be ever grateful for the lasting light he shined on our schools, our staff as well as for the impression he made upon me. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his wife Liza and his young sons Eli and Reed as well as our thanks to them for sharing their wonderful husband and father with us .


BCP Summer Training Institute

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Every summer BCP offers two weeks of intensive training for new teachers and teachers changing programs. The BCP Summer Training Institute was founded by BCP Director of Training Tara Anderson in 2003 as a way to provide BCP teachers with training that is specifically relevant to BCP programs.

During 2003, 2004, and 2005 Ms. Anderson ran the training institute alone. During the last two summers she was joined by other staff with expertise in research-based instructional methods.

This summer over 30 teachers participated in ten full-day sessions covering reading, math, science, history, language arts, vocabulary, and behavior management. Each year the training is refined based on program changes and improvement in the Direct Instruction curriculum.

Trainers actively pursue their own professional development and use this to improve the summer training sessions. Training groups are divided into three main areas: elementary grades, middle grades, and resource, which includes music, art, Spanish, and computers.

Elementary & Middle Grades
Ms. Anderson and BCP Academic Coach Marvelyn Johnson provided the Direct Instruction training for elementary grades teachers. Training groups were organized according to the lessons the teachers would begin with once school starts. Training focused on mastering effective instructional techniques.

BCP Director of Academics Don Crawford and Director of Middle School Services Jeff Krick offered training geared toward middle grades teachers. They focused on science, language arts, and history. These teachers learned how to format their lessons to include effective instructional techniques such as Big Ideas and Brief Constructed Responses.

Resource Teacher Training
During week one, Ms. Anderson worked with resource teachers to develop lesson plans that are aligned with Maryland’s Voluntary State Curriculum. She also worked with the Spanish and Computer Science teachers to apply direct instruction techniques to their lessons.

The new Spanish teacher at Collington Square School will use direct instruction-based lessons that were created last year in collaboration with the former Spanish teacher.

During week two, resource teachers participated in reading program training in order to see how the direct instruction techniques come alive and are effective in the classroom.

Vocabulary Training
BCP Academic Coach Brenda Kahn presented a two day session on vocabulary instruction.

“Children come to school with different levels of vocabulary, and there are huge gaps between the children from professional families, working class families, and low-income families,” says Ms. Kahn.

“By fourth grade, the vocabulary level of the student becomes the predictor of their success on standardized tests. Without intensive instruction, this gap continues to grow. Explicit vocabulary instruction is critical to closing the achievement gap in our schools.”

Behavior Management
Twelve morning sessions were devoted to training teachers in CHAMPS, a research-based approach to behavior management. CHAMPS helps classroom teachers design a proactive and positive classroom management plan that will overtly teach students how to behave responsibly.

“BCP’s ability to offer this unique and focused training opportunity to our teachers gives us valuable time before school starts to meet the needs of our staff,” says Jeff Krick.

“I especially appreciate the opportunity to spend several days with our middle grades teachers focusing on our curriculum and proven strategies to help our students master the necessary skills.” from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.


BCP Harvest Fest 2008

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The Harvest Fest featured a student art gallery, which included this drawing by Collington Square Pre-K student Alexis Scott.

Over 300 children, staff, friends, and family members attended the first BCP Harvest Fest on October 25, 2008 at the Patterson Park Recreation Center. Dance, music, and drama groups from our 5 charter schools performed.

Audience members enjoyed performances by:

  • Wolfe Street Academy Steppers
  • City Springs School Eagle Band
  • Dr. Rayner Browne Academy Dance Team
  • Hampstead Hill Academy Choir
  • Collington Square School Theater Arts Troupe
  • City Springs School Drug-Free Soul Steppers
  • Collington Square School Band
  • And a guest performance by the Coppin Academy Centaurs

Random House donated over $3800 worth of children’s books; Amuse Toys donated ten door prizes; Tastycake supplied free snacks; Starbucks donated coffee for the volunteers; and Wal-Mart provided a gift card for supplies.

The Legal Aid Bureau, The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, and the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office offered free resources.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and special thanks to Kelia Murray, O’bette Jamison, Connie Phelps, Alicia Thomas, Irona Pope, Geri Swann, and Joan Parker for organizing the event.

Harvest Fest 2008 Sponsors:

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Baltimore Ravens Plan in Motion Grants

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The Baltimore Ravens All Community Team Foundation (RACTF) has awarded City Springs School and Collington Square School grants of $5,000 each to promote physical fitness.

The grants will support the after-school Karate program at City Springs and volleyball, basketball, and soccer at Collington Square

This year the Ravens’ Plan in Motion project has provided nearly $100,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

RACTF is dedicated to improving and facilitating the healthy development of youth in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland. For more information visit


Living Classrooms Partners with BCP

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Living Classrooms Foundation has partnered with BCP and six local elementary and middle schools including City Springs School and Wolfe Street Academy as part of its Eastside Target Investment Zone Initiative.

This 10-year effort will improve the education, career prospects, and self-sufficiency of Baltimore’s Eastside children and adults in order to help break a cycle of poverty and revitalize the communities served.

LCF/Weinberg Grants
Living Classrooms recently awarded City Springs School a $25,000 grant to fund participation in the Baltimore Urban Debate League and to create an after-school math tutoring program for struggling 6th graders.

They also awarded Wolfe Street Academy a $25,000 grant to fund its summer school program.
These funds are part of a $1 million grant that Living Classrooms received from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

City Springs Athletic Field
Living Classrooms has participated in the planning and fundraising for a new athletic field at City Springs School since January 2008.
Talib Horne, Living Classrooms Director of Community Development, has been an active member of the planning team.

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STEM After-School Program
City Springs will be the first school to take part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics after-school program funded by a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Living Classrooms. Thirty five students will participate in the six-week program at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park starting in January.

Peace Canoes
During the 2007/2008 school year students from City Springs School and their mentors from Colliers Pinkard visited Living Classrooms Foundation once a month to build two “peace canoes”. The project culminated with a parade from Living Classrooms to City Springs School on June 4th.

We would like to thank Living Classrooms for their ongoing support and for their committment to revitalizing East Baltimore.





Bocce Tournament Supports City Springs Athletic Field

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Mr. Leroy Calvie and his championship-winning Karate team.
On October 19, 2008 staff, students, and friends turned out to play Bocce at the Little Italy Bocce Courts and to support the City Springs Athletic Field.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the construction of an athletic field, running track, basketball court, and playground at City Springs School.

“The City Springs Bocce tournament provided a wonderful opportunity for the Little Italy Community to offer support and partnership to their neighborhood school,” says BCP Executive Director Alison Perkins-Cohen.

“What’s more, City Springs students and staff received a cultural and educational experience by participating and learning about bocce from the professionals.”

We would like thank all of the sponors and Josie Giorgilli for making meatballs for the event.

For more information and to support the athletic field visit

City Springs and BCP would like to thank the following partners for supporting the Bocce Tournament:

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Living Classrooms and Colliers Pinkard Save Health Suite

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In June Principal Rhonda Richetta learned that she was going to lose her School-Based Health Center unless she could relocate it to a larger space.

She immediately reached out to her school partners, Colliers Pinkard and Living Classrooms, and they answered her call for help.

The Baltimore City Health Department administers fifteen School-Based Health Centers, which offer primary health care, health education, and mental health care.

“It would have been detrimental to our students if we had lost our health center,” says Principal Richetta.

“Our students would have had to go off-site for their asthma treatments and other services and would have missed valuable instructional time.”

David Pennington, LEED Project Manager for Colliers Pinkard and a City Springs mentor, saw a way to renovate another space in the building to accomate the health center.

Talib Horne of Living Clasrooms arranged to have Project SERVE do the work. Project SERVE is a community-based program that works in the City’s underserved neighborhoods and trains disadvantaged residents with marketable skills while they revitalize their communities.

Colliers Pinkard helped pay for the supplies and David Pennington monitored the project. The renovation was completed and the health center relocated before the first day of school.

City Springs and BCP would like to thank Colliers Pinkard, Living Classrooms, David Pennington, Talib Horne, and Greg Pinkard for making the renovation possible and for support the health needs of our students.


Middle Grades Partnership Students Attend PNC Tennis Classic

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On November 21, 2008, 85 students and 40 staff members from City Springs School attended the PNC Tennis Classic at 1st Mariner Arena, courtesy of the Middle Grades Partnership (MGP).

Attendees witnessed Serena Williams, former world’s #1 ranked tennis player, compete with Elena Dementieva, the 2008 Olympic Women’s Tennis Singles Gold Medalist.

The PNC Tennis Classic provided The Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) with complimentary vouchers for students and staff at all MGP sites. Site director and staff member Rodney Toulson organized the trip for City Springs School.

We would like to thank Mr. Toulson, Sophia L. Rudisill (MGP Associate Director), Pam Shriver (Tennis Classic Founder and Chairman), Marc Kantrowitz (Managing Director, PHS Ltd./Charity Tennis Classic), and Gigi Wirtz (Director Communications, Baltimore Community Foundation) for making this wonderful opportunity available to our students.

About the PNC Tennis Classic
The Tennis Classic was founded by Pam Shriver in 1986. Net proceeds of the event are distributed to children’s charities under the guidance of the Baltimore Community Foundation.

About MGP
The Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) is a collaboration among Baltimore area public and independent schools, colleges, and universities dedicated to creating comprehensive academic out-of-school-time programs for public middle school students of promise.

Since 2007, MGP has operated a summer and after school program for City Springs middle school students in partnership with Gilman School and Garrison Forest School. For more information visit:


City Springs Students in Action

In the fall BCP held a tour of City Springs School for friends and supporters. View the video below.






EBDI Supports Baobab Program

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BCP would like to thank East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI) for awarding the Baobab Program a grant of $5000.

Baobab gives 8th grade student an opportunity to participate in an entrepreneurship program sponsored by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and to engage in a service learning project in Belize.

Profits from student-run businesses will subsidize the service learning project.

If you would like to support the Baobab Program please contact Kelia Murray at 410-675-7000 or donate online at


Passing the Torch
By Muriel Berkeley

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Mr. Eason “runs the gauntlet” during the Baltimore Ravens/KaBOOM! playground build day in June 2007. spacer

How complex the myriad of decisions flying at a principal each day!

How relentless the pressure of working with a handful of parents and with teachers to meet the 24/7 needs of hundreds of students!

How incredible that Harold Eason managed such complexity and pressure for 23 years (total of 39 years of service to the City Schools)!

Last June, Mr. Eason retired. Harold Eason was/is a master of relationships, and relationships are a cornerstone of real education. Students do not care what you know if they do not know that you care. Students knew that Mr. Eason cared.

On July 1, 2008 the Collington Square School leadership torch passed to D’Andrea Chapman, and she accepted it with passion and commitment.

Ms. Chapman is a graduate of the New Leaders for New Schools program. She is building strong relationships with students and staff.

We would like to thank Mr. Eason for his many years of service and to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Chapman.


BCPS Renovations

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Over the summer Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) invested over $3.4 million in renovations at Collington Square School, which included a $450,000 Library/Media Center renovation.

The school received new lighting, bathroom faucets, exhaust fans, water conservation equipment, an emergency management system, and a geothermal heat pump.

BCPS also replaced doors, windows, the roof, boiler and renovated the entrance to the school auditorium.

We would like to thank BCPS for making this critical investment in the future of Collington Square School.


Hogan & Hartson Partners with Collington

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Volunteer Day
On May 30, 2008, fifty-five lawyers and staff from the Baltimore office of Hogan & Hartson LLP volunteered their time to help clean up and work with students at Collington Square School.

Business Volunteers Unlimited and the Baltimore Curriculum Project helped coordinate the day of service which included painting and cleaning offices, weeding and planting the school’s garden, and cleaning up the adjacent community park and garden.

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Hogan & Hartson employees also worked directly with students in various subjects, including reading, drama, art, and physical education.

Activities concluded with a concert and theater arts performance by students, followed by a picnic lunch in nearby Patterson Park. The firm returned in August to repaint the faculty lounge.

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Library Dedication
On December 9, 2008, Hogan & Hartson Partner Henry Kahn attended Collington’s new library dedication and
presented BCP with a gift of $8000 from the employees at Hogan and Hartson. The gift will be used to purchase school supplies and other school equipment.

We would like to thank Hogan & Hartson for their generous support and committment to our students.





Tis the Season

In November and December students in the Community Service Project organized by Ms. Howell and Ms. Duprey sent packages to a military unit overseas containing letters from students and donated items from the faculty.

They also made two visits to Future Care Canton Harbor to socialize and do crafts with residents. The residents were so grateful they asked the students to return throughout the year.


Patterson Park Audubon Center

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Each year Patterson Park Audubon Center (PPAC) provides a variety of exciting nature programs for Hampstead Hill students.

This fall third graders enjoyed the ‘Incredible Insects’ program. They learned what classifies a creature as an insect and searched for a variety of insects.

Second graders learned about bird migration and how weather patterns affect temperature and food availability.

First graders found out that living creatures depend on special habitats and observed some animals in action.

Kindergarteners discovered how the Park’s environment provides just what trees and plants need to survive. Students also acted out the life cycle of a tree.

PPAC met with pre-K classes once a month this year. Students learned about native owls, ways that animals use camouflage, and how to identify animal tracks.

Second through fourth graders participated in the Audubon Nature Explorers’ twelve-week after-school program called Chesapeake Bay Adventure. The program focuses on the unique life forms that live in the bay’s waters and on the surrounding landscape.

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For the past five years Legg Mason has funded Audubon programs for Hampstead Hill students with a $7,000 matching grant. PPAC raises funds to cover the remaining $7,000. We would like to thank Legg Mason and the PPAC for their support.

About Patterson Park Audubon Center
Patterson Park Audubon Center has been actively involved in the community since 2002, providing education programming with schools, recreation centers, and after school programs in Patterson Park. For more information visit


Creative Alliance Mural


Everyone is going buggy over the new mural on the wall opposite the cafeteria. Led by artists Emily C-D and Jessie Unterhalter of the Creative Alliance, middle school students in the after-school mural club generated insect-themed drawings that were combined to create the final design for the mural.

Students who designed and painted the mural include Ava Anderson, Nathan Adams, Patricia Coleman, David Donovan, April Fay, Imani Hawkins, Bethany Koester, Iteria Noble, Marina Protopopas, Bianca Rivera, Tatiana Rosado, Leree Simmons, Joy Wells, Paris Williams, Trevor Williamson, and Dwayne Young.

We would like to thank the Creative Alliance for continuing to offer a variety of enriching arts programs at Hampstead Hill Academy.

About the Creative Alliance
Since 1995, The Creative Alliance has promoted Baltimore as a dynamic center of art in all genres. With members ranging from artists and educators to neighbors and supporters, the Creative Alliance cultivates community through collaboration.
For more information visit:


Yoga for Kids

Parkside Power Yoga

During the fall Hampstead Hill students participated in a Yoga program directed by Jessica Crowley, an instructor at Parkside Power Yoga. Students learned techniques to care for the body and mind through postures and breathing.

Many thanks to Jessica and her yoga assistants Cait Guvench, Erin Bell, Theresa Shafer, and Vanessa Ross.

For more information about Parkside Power Yoga visit


Baltimore Urban Debate League

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On November 15th Hampstead Hill students participated in their first Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL) competition of the year at Civitas Middle School.

Congratulations to the following Hampstead Hill students for a strong showing at their first competition: Sierra Morales, Azia Wells, William Thomson, Deboreah Ross, Chris Thomson, Shabriel Carter, Joy Wells, and Paulina Bustillos.

A special congratulations to Sierra Morales for winning her last debate of the day with a 29.5 out of 30 points. For more information on BUDL visit





Legg Mason/Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program

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In November Legg Mason and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MD began a Bigs in School weekly mentoring program at Dr. Rayner Browne Academy.

Twenty-five mentors (Bigs) were trained at the end of October. On November 3rd they began meeting with their mentees (Littles) for one hour a week during lunch.

The first twenty minutes are spent eating; the second on academic enrichment; and the third playing games provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters pays for all program expenses, through the generous support of Legg Mason. The Bigs and Littles took a break during the holidays and will continue meeting until the end of the school year.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is thrilled with the support of Legg Mason,” says Cindy Weyant, Director of Site/School Mentoring.

“Our Bigs in School mentoring program promotes academic success and self esteem of the students. They benefit from the relationships with their mentors because they learn to trust others and believe in themselves and their abilities.”

With parent permission, Bigs are encouraged to keep in touch with their Littles via email and phone over the summer and holiday breaks. The hope is that the students will be able to resume meeting with the same mentors next fall.

We would like to thank Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Specialist Stephanie Endsley, Americorps Volunteer Anitha Devadason, Legg Mason Training Coordinator Maria Gamble, and all of the mentors for supporting our students

Legg Mason also supports BCP programs and Hampstead Hill Academy’s Audubon programs through generous grants. We would like to thank Legg Mason for their ongoing partnership with BCP.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help boys and girls grow up to be confident, competent, and caring young adults. For more information visit


Lions Club Conducts Vision Screening for Over 110 Students

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In the fall the Lions Club returned to Rayner Browne Academy and Collington Square School to screen over 110 students for impaired vision.

Vision screening is part of District 22-A Lions of Central Maryland’s Inner City Project. The Project began over three years ago when Lions were asked to assist with vision screening in an elementary/middle school in the Homewood area of Baltimore. There are now 13 schools in the Homewood and Patterson Park areas in the program.

For the past three years concerned Lions have worked to overcome an all too common deficiency in the inner city environment: lack of proper vision care. Children in these schools have vision defect rates much higher than the general population.

Vision screening of preschool through middle school children and free eye exams and eyeglasses are being provided by Lions in these 13 public schools. Almost 2,100 children have been screened and over 560 have been provided free eye exams and eyeglasses through the Lions/LensCrafters Gift of Sight partnership.

So far, a half dozen Lions clubs and a dozen or so Lions have been bringing this life changing gift to the wonderful kids they find in the inner city. This year they plan to expand the program to help even more children.
In 2009 the Lions will follow up with Lens Crafters to supply free eye wear.

Thank you to Dale Strait (Severn River Lions Club Treasurer), Doug DeWitt (Bel Air Lions Club 1st Vice President), the Baltimore City Health Department, and all of the Lions Club volunteers for helping our students.



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Breakfast with the Orioles and Ravens
By Lindsay Melvin, Contributing Writer (Reprinted with permission from the Baltimore Ravens)

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On December 2, 2008 Wolfe Street students enjoyed a surprise breakfast with the mascot from the Baltimore Orioles.

The event was a reward for Wolfe Street’s high breakfast attendance record of 66%. The Ravens and Orioles have partnered with Baltimore City Schools to encourage students to eat breakfast.

Ravens linebacker Nick Greison spoke about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast while a trainer from the Orioles led student in some morning exercises.

Baltimore City Schools CEO Andres Alonso and Food Director Tony Geraci were also on hand to talk about new food service initiatives.

We would like to thank the Ravens, the Orioles, and Baltimore City Public Schools for supporting Wolfe Street Academy.


Ravens Celebrate World Wide Day of Play

Ravens at Wolfe Street Academy

On September 23, 2008 the after school program youth from Wolfe Street Academy had a very active afternoon.

Offensive linemen Chris Chester and David Hale, safety Haruki Nakamura, defensive tackle Salomon Solano and tight end Daniel Wilcox hosted a fitness event to celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, encouraging youth to be physically active.

The Ravens players were joined by cheerleaders Dinah P. and Andrea B., as well as members of the Lady Ravens Association.

In addition to promoting fitness and nutrition, the event honored Hispanic Heritage Month. Solano, the Ravens’ international practice squad member from Mexico, addressed the 50 youth from Wolfe Street Academy, which has a predominantly Hispanic population.

Solano spoke about the importance of fitness and demonstrated how he wears his football equipment on much smaller volunteers.

Chester, Hale, Nakamura, Solano and Wilcox coached the youth through football drills.
Nakamura challenged some of the kids to a race through the obstacle course, but when he was outrun by a fourth grader he decided to stick to tossing them the ball.

The Lady Ravens and cheerleaders distributed healthy snack packs, provided by the Ravens and the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, to the youth at the end of the day.

Worldwide Day of Play taught the Wolfe Street Academy kids about football, fitness and nutrition in a day that they did not want to end.


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