Saturday, November 29, 2014

City Springs Community Fitness Program Kickoff

By Abby Baldwin, Child First Community School Coordinator at City Springs EMS

On October 28th seven City Springs EMS mothers joined Mrs. Baldwin and Coach McGee for the first Community Workout on the new track. Coach McGee worked with all of the women on setting fitness goals, developing group fitness accountability, and led the team through a whole body workout!

The women are warriors and had an excellent time coming together with Coach McGee to work on their own physical fitness. The program will take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening during school session from 4:30pm - 5:30pm on the track. Everyone is welcome!

We would like to thank Baltimore City Schools, the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens, Senator Nathaniel McFadden, Senator Bill Ferguson, Legg Mason, and everyone else who supported the construction of the City Springs Community Athletic Complex, which allows us to provide outstanding health and fitness programs like the Community Workout.

We would also like to thank CareFirst for bringing an array of health and fitness programming to City Springs such as the American Heart Association's Teaching Gardens program and Girls on the Run.

Gathering of Champions at City Springs EMS

By Abby Baldwin, Child First Community School Coordinator at City Springs EMS

On Tuesday October 28th City Springs EMS hosted a breakfast for all the positive male role models in our students lives. The "Gathering of Champions" was presented by Johnny C. Carrington Jr. Consulting Services.

Mr. Carrington provided encouragement for all of the positive male role models saying,
"Women are obviously important in our lives, we wouldn't be here without them. But have you ever seen the joy that comes over a child's face when Dad stops by a classroom unannounced? It's like a spark of light that goes off for them, they get filled with pride!"
Over 17 male family members attended the breakfast. We would like to thank Mr. Carrington for providing this wonderful opportu
nity for City Springs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

City Springs Student Meets First Lady Michelle Obama

Yesterday, City Spring EMS Student Chelsea Gilmer and Principal Rhonda Richetta met First Lady Michelle Obama at a rally in Baltimore's War Memorial Building.  Principal Richetta talks about this once-in-a-lifetime experience below:
Chelsea and I had an amazing time! Chelsea had an experience that she will not only remember for the rest of her life, but one that inspired her in a HUGE way. She heard very moving speeches from not only Michelle Obama, but from a very long list of local politicians.
We were standing right up front, and when Michelle Obama started moving through the crowd, she reached out to shake my hand and I asked her to talk to Chelsea. 
She grabbed Chelsea's face in her hands and said "everything we do is for you." 
I selected Chelsea to attend because she is interested in public speaking (she is one of our top debaters) and wants to be a lawyer and a State's Attorney when she grows up. 
As we were walking back to school, Chelsea looked up to the sky and said, "that was great! I am so inspired!"  I think it was about equal to how much I was inspired at that moment by Chelsea.  She was right, it was great! 
I want to thank City Springs teachers Patrick Cero and Zachary Carey for having a conversation with Chelsea about what it means to be a republican vs. a democrat.  She listened intently to every person's speech and identified the key things they said that were characteristic of a democrat. 
It was awesome for me to witness her applying the learning she had just experienced from a conversation with two teachers.  Kudos, Mr. Cero and Mr. Carey! 
In addition to the First Lady, speakers at the rally included Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Congressman John Sarbanes, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Council President Jack Young.

We would like to thank Brooke Lierman for providing tickets to the rally.