In support of the 2002-2003 National Academic League in 29 Baltimore City public middle schools. The league provides extracurricular interscholastic programming in a competition and media atmosphere associated with athletic events to encourage higher academic achievement.
For costs related to the phase-in of the eighth grade at one of the schools created as part of Baltimore City's New Schools Initiative. The final step of the school's expansion to a K-8 school includes minor renovations, purchase of classroom furnishings and resource materials, professional development, curriculum planning and fine arts, music and physical education programming.
In support of the Advanced Studies Program, a dual enrollment college program in collaboration with Baltimore City Community College. The Advanced Studies Program will provide students at an alternative high school serving older students, most of whom had been expelled, failed or dropped out of the traditional high schools, with an opportunity to take college-level courses as well as college remedial courses with faculty from Baltimore City Community College.
For continued support of the 2002-2003 Speech and Debate Program that includes the enhancement of a full-time Mock Trial program.
For support of an initiative to improve outcomes of developmental education through the use of Academic Systems, a computer-based educational product designed to accelerate remedial learning. Academic Systems is a faculty mediated approach that combines traditional instructional methods with interactive multi-media software. The goals are to improve the pass and performance rates of a cohort of Baltimore City Community College students enrolled in pilot developmental courses and to increase the college's retention rate.
In support of the Education Funders Affinity Group for the 2002-2003 school year.
To provide scholarships enabling Baltimore City at-risk students to attend parochial schools in Baltimore City during the 2002-2003 school year, as part of a longitudinal study comparing student performance in Catholic and public schools. By participating in this model delinquency and dropout prevention program, these students are expected to benefit from smaller classes, one-to-one instruction and structured educational settings.
In support of the launch of the Scenic Maryland initiative, promoting the adoption in Maryland of "best practices" and strategies used in other states to encourage greater scenic conservation.
For the development and implementation of a community greening strategy to create and maintain pocket community gardens in the Greenmount/Barclay neighborhoods in collaboration with the People's Homesteading Project.
Toward the cost of a crime prevention program in Patterson Park during the summer months in an effort to increase use of the park among the young and old.