GLR December Upd..

GLR December Update: Summer Reading, Coalition Recap & More

What’s Happening 

Dear Grade Level Reading Coalition: I would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone that was able to attend December’s Coalition Meeting. It was wonderful meeting all of you and facilitating an engaging and productive meeting. I look forward to building on the many insights and opportunities shared at the meeting. Our next Coalition Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 8th from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Family League of Baltimore (2305 N. Charles Street). Please save the date. Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year! Best, Angelique Jessup Program Director Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Congratulations Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary/Middle— Summer Reading Competition Winner

collage On Thursday, December 8th, Grade Level Reading joined with Baltimore City Public Schools, the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Maryland Book Bank to celebrate Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary/Middle for showing the largest increase in students participating in the Pratt Summer Reading Program. To celebrate their accomplishment, K-3rd graders each got to choose 5 books from the Maryland Book Bank’s Raven’s Book Mobile and received a goodie bag with a medal, notebook, pencil and more. The school also received $1,000 to be used for this school year, which they used to purchase magazines from Scholastic for their students. We’d also like to congratulate 2nd place winner, Armistead Gardens Elementary/Middle and 3rd place winner, Cross Country Elementary/Middle. These schools also received a cash prize to go towards their school budget.  Both schools chose to use their prize to purchase literacy resources for the school. Congratulations again to Principal Booker, Literacy Rep., Majorie Rathberger, and the entire staff of Dr. Carter G. Woodson! To see more pictures of the event, click here.

T. Rowe Price Little Free Library Celebration

t-rowe-collage On Tuesday, December 6th, Grade Level Reading joined T. Rowe Price for a celebration of the Little Free Library (LFL) project. During this event, students from Hampstead Hill Academy heard from John Brothers, President of the T. Rowe Price Foundation, Roger Schulman, CEO & President of the Fund for Educational Excellence and Angelique Jessup, Program Director of the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading about the purpose of Little Free Libraries. At the end of the event, Hampstead Hill Academy was presented with their LFL, courtesy of T. Rowe Price. Students left with two books and spent the morning with their mentors from T. Rowe Price through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program. The LFL will be installed at the school in the next couple of weeks, making a total of 36 Grade Level Reading LFLs across the city with the goal of increasing access to books and community engagement around reading. For more information about the project, visit Thanks very much to the T. Rowe Price Foundation and the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation for their support of the Grade Level Reading Little Free Library project.

Coalition Recap & Next Steps

Thanks to everyone for a productive Coalition Meeting last Wednesday. It was great hearing from principals Rochelle Machado (Arundel Elementary/Middle School,, Sara Long (Federal Hill Prepatory Academy,, and Christophe Turk (George Washington Elementary, about how they approach reading instruction at their schools and ways the Coalition can support their efforts. We also enjoyed hearing from you all about your vision for the Campaign moving forward and are excited to review what each of you said in the upcoming weeks. You can see the full notes from the Coalition Meeting here. As always, we are extremely grateful for your partnership and insight. Our next Coalition Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 8th from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Family League of Baltimore (2305 N. Charles Street). Please save the date.

Coalition Updates

As a way to stay connected, we include Coalition needs in our monthly newsletter. Please email Carrie Finkelstein if there is a need or announcement you would like the Coalition to know about at

  • Literacy Lab is looking for donations of reusable bags to support their Talk, Read, and Write with Me! Program, which sends home books to Pre-K students in bags on a weekly basis along with activities that encourage families to talk, read, and write at home. If you are able to donate, please contact Stefanie Mircovich at
  • In partnership with Family League of Baltimore and Baltimore City Public Schools, Whirpool installed washers/dryers in eight schools as part of their Care Counts Program to help improve attendance. Read more here.
  • The Maryland Book Bank launched their Raven’s Bookmobile, a mobile library packed with close to 2,500 books, including picture books, leveled readers, easy chapter books, that children can keep for their own home library. To request that the Raven’s Book Mobile to visit your school, click here.
  • The Maryland Association for Adult, Community and Continuing Education (MAACCE) is seeking proposals for presenters at their spring conference (May 4th & 5th). For more information or to apply, click here.
  • Children ages 0-5 can receive a FREE book in the mail each month by signing up for the Governor’s Young Reader’s Initiative. Please share. You can sign up here.
  • Reading Partners is looking for volunteer tutors to work with struggling readers throughout the school year. Find out more.
  • A playground in Oakland, California is helping parents/caregivers meaningfully engage with their kids to build literacy skills. Read more here