April GLR Newsle..

What’s Happening 

Dear Grade Level Reading Coalition:

Happy Spring! GLR has a lot of exciting projects rolling out over the next couple of months including debuting our recent videos about supporting reading at home, testing out new marketing materials, and finishing up Enoch Pratt library field trips. 

Our next Coalition meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, May 8th from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Family League of Baltimore. We look forward to sharing our work and seeing you all there. 

We want to hear from you! Please note there is a short two minute survey included in this newsletter. GLR is broadening our social media reach and we want to keep you looped in. 

In Partnership, Angelique Jessup
Program Director
Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading  

1st grade Work Update

Enoch Pratt Partnership– All of the 1st grade classrooms at our six focus schools will be visiting their local libraries next month. The feld trips provide an introduction for students to learn about fun things they can do at the library in order to spark their use of library resources and programs. 

Family Literacy Nights– 10 schools have expressed interest in using GLR’s Family Literacy Night Toolkit. These easy-to-use toolkits help schools across Baltimore host their own Family Literacy Nights, showing parents of Pre-K through 2nd graders actionable things they can do to support reading at home. We still have some free materials should your school or organization want to host a Family Literacy Night. Contact Ruth Farfel (ruthf@ffee.org) to request materials.

Literacy Materials- We are in post-production for two videos that highlight ways parents can support reading at home. We would like to share our videos with you via social media and would love for you to share with your networks. Please fill out this quick survey so we can collect your social media information. 

Enoch Pratt & City Schools Professional Development  GLR partnered with City Schools and the Enoch Pratt Free Library on March 15th  to co-host professional development (PD) for City Schools librarians and Enoch Pratt Librarians. This PD session kicked off efforts to deepen learning and partnership on the new Wit & Wisdom literacy curriculum. Librarians built connections and collaborated on resources and activities that can help students and families broaden their knowledge and exploration of Wit & Wisdom topics and texts in their libraries. We look forward to more collaboration in the coming months! 

Heart of the School Awards

Be part of the celebration of Baltimore City Public Schools principals at the 4th Annual Heart of the School Awards on May 20th at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets or make a donation. Proceeds benefit the Heart of the School Fund which has provided over $300,000 in grants over the last three years to 70 principals across the city for innovative projects at their schools. 

Coalition Announcements

  • City Schools is hosting their Day of Play Event on April 27th, 10:00am to 2:00pm at Harford Heights Elementary School for parents and families with children 5 years old and younder. The event will include games, prizes, food, and information on early childhood.
  • Port Discovery is looking for families to join their Free Youth Advisory Council. Learn more here.
  • The Maryland Book Bank is hosting their 5th Annual Books for Kids Day on May 4th, 9AM-2PM. Books for Kids Day is when they collect a massive assortment of new and used books from individuals and groups in the community with a goal of collecting 25,000 books for children.
  • The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will be hosting their 7th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, May 11th from 10:00am-4:00pm. This is a free event for children and families.


To learn more, email: ruthf@ffee.org or call: 410-864-0410

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