Friday, November 8, 2013

Mayor Speaks at Wolfe Street Academy After-School Event

Yesterday the Family League of Baltimore and Maryland Hunger Solutions celebrated Lights On Afterschool at Wolfe Street Academy. The event featured an open house of Wolfe Street Academy’s after-school program in action and a speaking program with comments from Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Wolfe Street Academy Principal Mark Gaither, Family League President and CEO Jonathon Rondeau; Wolfe Street Director of Extended Students Services Kathy Stroup, Wolfe Street Academy student Makayla Moore, and Baltimore Curriculum Project President Laura Doherty.

Lights On Afterschool, a project of the Afterschool Alliance, is a national awareness event focusing on the good work of after-school programs and meals across the nation. As a provider of after-school programs in more than 40 schools in the city, Family League wants to highlight the important work done to give children access to after-school meals, enrichment programs and other activities.

Wolfe Street Academy's model After-School program is funded by a generous grant from the Family League of Baltimore, which was awarded to the Baltimore Curriculum Project. The program includes STEM, Robotics, Jazz Dance, Mexican Folkloric Dance, Chess, String Instruments, Soccer, Radio Broadcasting and other offerings.

Attendees at the Lights On Afterschool event included representatives from Advancing Community Schools in Baltimore, the Baltimore Curriculum Project, the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, the Family League of Baltimore, The Food Research and Action Center, the Goldseker Foundation, Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Out of School Time Network, the Park School of Baltimore, and the Social Work and Community Outreach Service of the UMD School of Social Work.

We would like to thank the Family League of Baltimore, Maryland Hunger Solutions, and Kathy Stroup for organizing this event. Thank you to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Councilman Carl Stokes for attending. Special thanks to the student volunteers from Wolfe Street Academy and the Park School of Baltimore for serving as ushers.