Teach For America ‘Thank You’ Dinner Celebrates 20 Years of Work for Education Equity in Baltimore

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, March 21, 2013Founder Wendy Kopp Honors Baltimore Community’s Supporters For Their Significant Contributions

For Immediate Release

Contact: Danielle Montoya | Teach For America
646.761.2681 danielle.montoya@teachforamerica.org

BALTIMORE, MD, March 21, 2013—More than 160 community members gathered Tuesday night, March 19, to celebrate Teach For America’s 20 years working to expand educational opportunity in the Baltimore area and to thank all those whose generous support have made 20 years possible. Eight of the organization’s supporters were honored for their significant contributions with reflections of appreciation from Teach For America alumni demonstrating the impact of their support. Teach For America founder, Wendy Kopp, delivered the keynote speech, thanking the generous business and community organizations for the critical role they have played in the success of Baltimore’s students, and urging the continued momentum of community partnerships to provide all children with an excellent education.

“It’s been heartening to watch the progress Baltimore has made over the past twenty years and to see Teach For America’s role in it. Today we have a critical mass of alumni leaders who are ‘all in’ in Baltimore – they are raising their families here and championing change at every level. We’re so grateful to this community for embracing us and supporting us at every turn. As a result, the prospects for Baltimore’s students are brighter than ever.”

Since 1992, Teach For America has partnered with local public schools to bring an additional source of effective teachers into classrooms and to help build long-term leadership capacity in the community. This year, 340 Teach For America teachers are reaching over 30,000 students in 107 of Baltimore’s traditional and charter public schools. Six hundred alumni reside in the region, including 12 area principals, and Maryland state senator Bill Ferguson who taught in Baltimore as part of the 2005 corps.  

The dinner, which took place at Johns Hopkins’ George Peabody Library, honored some of the organization’s community donors, who together have given over $10,000,000 collectively to Teach For America- Baltimore:

·       The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation: As Teach For America—Baltimore’s board chair, Foundation president Jan Rivitz works to strengthen the Foundation’s focused philanthropic vision of giving children protection, education, and opportunity.

·       The Abell Foundation: Believing that no community can succeed and thrive unless all students are prepared for a college opportunity the Foundation is committed to giving hope by opening doors of opportunity. Senior program officer Bonnie Legro sits on Teach For America—Baltimore’s advisory board.

·       The Annie E. Casey Foundation: With an ambitious mission of helping to build better futures for disadvantaged children and families, the foundation’s neighborhood-based grants have strengthened communities throughout the country including Baltimore.

·       Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff: The couple is deeply committed to expanding educational opportunities for students in underserved communities. In 2009, their generous support allowed Teach For America to double the number of teachers it provides for open positions in Baltimore’s under-resourced schools. Rheda Becker is a member of Teach For America—Baltimore’s advisory board. 

·       Constellation Energy: Constellation CEO Mayo Shattuck guest-taught 7th grade science as part of 2010’s Teach For America Week, and the company generously gives to further education particularly in regards to science, technology, engineering and math.

·       Traci and Mark Lerner: Co-Founders of Chesapeake Partners, in Baltimore, the Lerners are essential advocates in Baltimore’s education movement for over 20 years.  Mark Lerner serves on the board of Teach For America—Baltimore.

·       Betsy and George Sherman: The Shermans support public education throughout the Baltimore community to help ensure that more of Baltimore’s youth are on a path to a successful future. Betsy is a former educator and she and George are committed to expanding educational opportunities for children in Baltimore.

·       T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.: Since 2009, Teach For America—Baltimore has been humbled by the generous support of the organization and those within the company who have pledged their remarkable individual support.

“Our major philanthropic effort is in helping to expand educational opportunities for students in underserved communities. We firmly believe that all children can succeed when given an excellent education. That’s why we’re especially enthusiastic about Teach For America, which brings to Baltimore and other cities across the nation excellent teachers, who are dedicated to transformational outcomes,” said Rheda Becker, education advocate and philanthropist.

“Teach For America’s strength is our community -- corps members and their students and parents, our principals and neighborhood support groups, and the generous civic leaders who put education first. In the years ahead, as part of a diverse collection of Baltimoreans united in a commitment to educational equity, we will help to build Baltimore’s legacy as a place where all students realize their unique potential,” said Courtney Cass, Executive Director of Teach for America- Baltimore.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today more than 10,000 corps members are teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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