To Family, Friends, and Community

For 24 years, New Song Community Learning Center has provided educational resources in Sandtown-Winchester in order to raise tomorrow’s leaders from Baltimore’s forgotten corners. Now, more than ever, in the wake of violence which has threatened an already fragile sense of safety, and raised critical questions about what effective leadership is, and how we should use our power, it is imperative that we reach out to support efforts to bring justice, amity and guidance to the lives of Baltimore’s youth. Your tax-deductible gift to the non-profit supports New Song Academy, the Pre-K-8 public school it governs where middle schoolers win robotics competitions, 1st graders learn how to work for change with peace and compassion, and children study the beauty of their history through dance and express their emotions through theater.  These transformative  programs cannot continue without the funding to do the work. Please, join us and lend a hand in making a brighter tomorrow!




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TWO MARYLAND TITLE I SCHOOLS RECEIVE NATIONAL HONORS
SCHOOLS IN BALTIMORE CITY AND PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY NAMED TITLE I DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

BALTIMORE (January 27, 2014) – Two Maryland elementary schools have been named National Title I Distinguished Schools for the 2013-2014 school year. New Song Academy in Baltimore City and Robert R. Gray Elementary School in Prince George’s County are among the Title I schools from across the U.S. that will be honored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of State Title I Directors in a special ceremony in San Diego, California, on February 2-5, 2014. The Maryland State Board of Education will recognize these two schools at their upcoming meeting on February 25, 2014.

Title I is the largest federal aid program in K-12 education. Schools use Title I funds to improve the education of all students in high poverty areas. MSDE administers Maryland’s Title I program and nominated the two schools after a thorough review of student achievement data based on the Maryland School Assessments. New Song Academy in West Baltimore City scored the highest in Category 1—exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. The school serves pre-kindergarten through eighth grades with 97% of its students receiving free lunch.

New Song Academy is committed to developing the leadership potential of each student while providing them with a quality education and continues to support their students through their high school years. Robert R. Gray Elementary School in Capitol Heights of Prince George’s County scored the highest in Category 2—closing the achievement gap between student groups. Robert R. Gray serves students from pre-k through grade 6 and seeks to enhance the academic and social growth of all its students by teaching responsibility, accountability, cooperation, and a respect for self and others.

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