• Students enjoy playing on natural features in their playground.

  • I grew this! Students in school gardens grow their confidence, scientific knowledge and math skills. They feed their understanding of nutrition, too.

  • Students practice their leaf calls by blowing air across a blade of grass held between their thumbs.

  • Students paint storm drains to remind people that pollution and trash can flow directly into the harbor.

  • Mapping a garden combines geography, botany, spelling, math and art.

  • Turning algae into I'll go, students learn how to derive energy from algae.

  • Spat on the half shell. A baby oyster (spat) will be grown on an oyster shell in an oyster cage suspended in the Baltimore Harbor. Oysters filter sediment and pollutants from the water.

  • Gardening gives students a chance to investigate the natural world with awe and intense interest.

  • Scott Hartman takes students outside to learn about gardening, nutrition, biology, cooking and math. When he asked one class of students why the chickens were kept in a fenced in enclosure, a student anwered, "Because it did something really bad?"

Burning Issues – Curtis Bay, Maryland

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Testimony on whether the Public Service Commission should allow the largest incinerator in the nation to be built at Curtis Bay, Maryland. The plans call for trucking in 4,000 tons of garbage a day to the plant which would be located within a mile of two schools.



Jacobs Report

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Baltimore City School officials and advocates speak and tour the Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore as the Jacobs Report (a school facilities report) was released to the public.
The report gave the district an overall rating of “very poor”.
Officials plan to use the report to help garner funding for a major construction and renovation of Baltimore City Schools.


  • Bishop Douglas Miles
  • Neil E. Duke Esquire, chairman, Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners
  • Baltimore City Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
  • Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools



Try This vol.1

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Here is something that I hope that we will try.

First, create a chart of objectives, actions and goals with timelines. What you want to happen and when.
Make each of these specific to one day and one kid. Something that you could take a picture of when it happens.

Like Brenda, a 4th grader won’t have an asthma attack at school any time after Jan 4th, 2013.
Or after school renovations on May 16th, 2012 Johnny Marx in 1st grade can stay all day at school instead of having to wait for his mother to leave work and pick him up because school was canceled for excessive heat.
Or Latasha in kindergarten reading her first new book as the reading aid helps her to sound out the long words.

Both the reading aid and the book were funded with energy savings that the school created.
Keep those kids in your head every day.
Greet them in the morning when you wake up.
Go to bed thinking of them.
They should be sitting on your lap and riding on your shoulders.
So when someone in the meeting explains that this is going to take a few years or we just don’t have the resources for this, you will be their voice.

And you will be there to remind everyone that NOW is a very good time to change the world for these kids.

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