GLR March 2018 N..

What’s Happening

Dear Grade Level Reading Coalition:

I hope everyone is well.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Grade Level Reading Coalition Meeting last month. We always appreciate the insight and the great perspective you bring. We want to keep building on that support by ensuring your voice is always present in our work. That’s why we’ve put together this brief survey to learn more about how you see your partnership with GLR. Please complete the online survey by March 30th. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.

Once we review the survey results, we will send out the date for the next Coalition Meeting.

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

Focus Groups–Help Us Raise Awareness

Over the next few weeks, Grade Level Reading will be hosting discussions with parents and caregivers of K-2nd graders.The conversation will focus on what parents and caregivers want/need to know about how their children are doing in reading; and their ideas for how parents and caregivers can help their child at home. In appreciation for their time and expertise, all participants will receive a meal from Chick Fil-A, books to build their home libraries, and one participant will win either a $50 gift card to a nearby grocery store or a tablet.

Upcoming locations and dates are:

  • Abbottston Elementary (1300 Gorsuch Ave.) on Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Armistead Elementary/ Middle (5001 E. Eager St.) in English and Spanish on Tuesday, March 20th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Elementary (3901 Maine Ave.) on Tuesday, March 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Woodhome Elementary/ Middle (7300 Moyer Ave.) on Monday, April 9th from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • TouchPoint (Mondawmin Mall 2401 Liberty Heights Ave.) on Wednesday, April 11th from 5:00 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.

Please reach out to Carrie at if you are able to help recruit participants for these discussions. She can provide flyer and social media posts.

We appreciate your help.

Little Free Library Ambassador Spearheads Book Drive

The Charm City Connection, a student group at UMBC, is raising money to purchase books with diverse characters for the Pop Farm! Little Free Library they support through the Little Free Library Ambassador Program. Founded by Jasir Qiydaaar, a former Baltimore City Public Schools student, the Charm City Connection aims to create a connection with Baltimore City for UMBC students through volunteer projects. So far the group has raised over $500, allowing them to purchase 100 books! You can donate here.

Little Free Library Ambassadors are community volunteers who have been paired with a GLR Little Free Library to help keep it well stocked. Right now, we have 10 Ambassadors. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, email Carrie at

Heart of the School Tickets On Sale 

The 3rd annual Heart of the School Awards, a night to honor Baltimore City Public School Principals, will take place on Monday, May 21st at 5:30 PM. This event is hosted by the Fund for Educational Excellence at the Hippodrome Theater. We hope to see you there. Purchase tickets here. 

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

  • The B-CIITY (Baltimore City Intergenerational Initiative for Trauma and Youth) has released an RFP for programs. More information can be found here. The first of two information sessions will be held on Wednesday, March 21st from 6-8pm at the Penn North Pratt Library.
  • The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Library Project Book Drive is underway. You can donate here throughout the month of March.
  • Elev8 Families are invited to participate in Parent University on Saturday, March 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. More info here.
  • Join BELL for their 2nd Annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 22nd from 3:30 p.m. -.5:30 p.m. at Booker T. Washington Middle School. If you would like to attend or distribute information email Lisa Danaczko (
  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum will be hosting Countdown to Kindergarten 2018 on April 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This annual community-wide event encourages school readiness skills while providing parents with information and resources, including health care screenings and free books. Approximately 10,000 free admission tickets are distributed to families through official partner organizations for this event. Please contact Port Discovery if you are interested in becoming an official partner for future events. (
  • City Schools is hiring Literacy Coaches to support the Literacy Intensive Sites. The full job description can be found here. Please share job description with qualified candidates.
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Read to Reef Program, which gives K-5th grade students to get 4 free tickets to the Aquarium for reading 5 aquatic books, is underway. More information can be found here.
  • Baltimore Curriculum Project is hosting “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. You can learn more and purchase tickets here.
  • City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises is hosting community meetings to hear from families and community members about schools. For dates and locations, click here.
  • Check out this NY Times Opinion Piece about the need for more fun, engaging books featuring protagonists of color.
  • The Kirwan Commission released their preliminary report about their vision of schools in Maryland. Check it out here.