Every Child Deserves a School Like This

February 05, 2020



On January 6, 2020, students of Calvin Rodwell Elementary Middle School returned from winter break to a brand new 21st Century school facility. BCF staff were there to celebrate with the community at a ribbon cutting and open house the Saturday before classes resumed. The school, one of the three selected school communities where BCF is making significant place-based investments, had been operating out of swing space for more than a year at the Grove Park campus. The former elementary school at Calvin Rodwell and elementary/middle school at Grove Park merged to form a new, 750 student Calvin Rodwell Elementary Middle School in a modern, 21st Century educational facility. Less than four blocks away, a new facility for Forest Park High School opened in August 2018, meaning that students in Howard Park and surrounding Northwest Baltimore communities will have the opportunity to learn in environments that are not only more conducive to learning, but that also communicate to them how valued they are. Beginning nearly a decade ago, BCF was instrumental in advocating for the 21st Century facilities funding plan that made these new school buildings possible. BCF continues its advocacy for all students to receive the education they deserve through our current work on the Kirwan Commission recommendations. And our place-based investments through discretionary grant making in the Calvin Rodwell catchment area demonstrate our strategic commitment to promote the success of Baltimore’s young people by supporting effective public schools and equipping neighborhoods with the resources they need to build on community assets, attract investment and develop social capital.



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