More parents enroll children in city schools after door knocking campaign

Several hundred Baltimore parents are enrolling their children in city schools after teachers knocked on 34,000 doors in targeted neighborhoods and urged them to do so, according to new enrollment data. The increased enrollments were part of a five-week outreach campaign to reverse declining enrollment and school funding by convincing parents to give the city public school system a try. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County school board appointment commission kicks off candidate interviews

Anne Arundel's School Board Appointment Commission on Monday night began interviewing candidates from what officials say is the largest pool of applicants for a Board of Education vacancy in recent memory. Interviews of the 23 candidates for former board member Tom Frank's at-large seat will be spread out over four nights, with five or six interviews per night. Kelli Higley, of Severn, Tracy Mathews, of Odenton, Eric Wright, of Brooklyn, Christopher Barber, of Crofton, Donna Rober, of Crownsville, and Matthew Caminiti, of Gambrills, presented on Monday. (Capital)

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Unexpected funds added to school system's budget

Frederick County Public Schools received $2,355,000 more than expected from the state for school construction projects this fiscal year. The County Council approved accepting the additional funds last week. The school system and county budget anticipated receiving $1,195,000 from the state for systemic renovations, but ultimately received $2,550,000. (News-Post)

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Harford schools food, nutrition manager earns national honor

Gary Childress, supervisor of food and nutrition for Harford County Public Schools and president of the Maryland School Nutrition Association, recently earned the President's Award of Excellence from the School Nutrition Association. The President's Award of Excellence recognizes up to three state presidents each year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership by successfully implementing strategies that advance school nutrition programs in their states and who made the extra effort in achieving excellence in SNA's strategic goals. (Aegis)

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Summer internship program gets kids' hands dirty

When Joseph Lawrence discovered that he had dirt under his fingernails while pulling weeds, he held up his hands to Mike Dickson, who gave him a belly laugh and a high-five, then suggested he could wear gloves. Lawrence is one of a dozen kids between 14 and 18 years old who are spending part of their summer with Dickson as part of a Frederick County Workforce Services Youth WORKS paid summer internship program. (News-Post)

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Living History campers experience 1800s life

Twenty-four fourth-grade campers, some dressed in period garb, tried their hands at sewing, cooking, painting, tinsmithing, weaving, ropemaking, cane-fishing and candy-making last week during the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Living History Camp. This week, fifth-graders are getting their turn. "There's something for everybody here — it's all hands-on learning. History is best taught that way," camp director Robin Sipe said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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July 24 // Ravens give $1.5 million to renovate Renaissance Academy

The Baltimore Ravens football franchise is footing the bill for $1.5 million in renovations at Renaissance Academy High School after owner Steve Bisciotti was moved by stories of students overcoming tough obstacles and the devotion they showed to the school when officials threatened to shut it down. Baltimore schools officials announced earlier this year that a private donor, whom they declined to name, had come forward with $1 million for Renaissance. The Ravens revealed this week that they were the donors and said they agreed to give an additional $500,000 after getting a better idea of the costs to renovate the school. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore program connects high school students with STEM internships and path to careers

Building STEPS is a Baltimore nonprofit that aims to help minority high school students become science and technology professionals. The group recruits high school juniors from 10 underserved Baltimore schools who show promise in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields. The program guides students through the college application process, takes them on field trips and sets them up with paid summer internships at places like the National Aquarium and Johns Hopkins. (Balt. Sun)


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