August 29, 2017 - Press Release
Mayor Catherine Pugh, City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, City School Board officials, City Council members celebrated release of videos
BALTIMORE - On Aug. 29, Live Baltimore hosted an exclusive video screening celebrating the release of three new videos -- highlighting Baltimore City's amazing schools, families and surrounding neighborhoods as part of the Way to Stay program.
Mayor Catherine Pugh, City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises joined Live Baltimore's Executive Director Annie Milli at the screening.
The videos highlighted families with students at Federal Hill Preparatory School, Medfield Heights Elementary School and Hamilton Elementary/Middle School and emphasized how much they love their neighborhood schools and communities.
"These videos show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that families with kids are thriving in Baltimore City," Milli said. "They're finding great schools to meet their needs, connecting with other families in their neighborhoods and loving where they live."
The Mayor said she's been working hard toward consistent neighborhood growth and strong enrollment numbers so schools can be adequately supported with funding.
"We fight these battles because we know and believe in the potential of our youth, and the doors that a great education will open," Pugh said. "Having kids doesn't mean having to move out of the city. I don't believe in counting out any school district or neighborhood. Wherever there are children, there is a future. Their minds are fresh, and it is our responsibility to pique their curiosity with safe communities and active learning environments."
The Baltimore City Schools CEO touted the work of the Way to Stay program as "groundbreaking" and said the neighborhood public schools are all showcasing excellence with positive stories like the ones shared by families in the videos.
"Great public schools are really the pillar of having great communities ...," Dr. Santelises said. "And Live Baltimore is a critical part of that work."
About Live Baltimore
Live Baltimore is a nationally recognized, independent nonprofit organization committed to promoting the benefits of Baltimore City living. Each year, Live Baltimore provides thousands of individuals with information on the city’s 250+ neighborhoods, rental living options, homebuying incentive programs, historic tax credits, and more. For more information, visit LiveBaltimore.com.
About Way to Stay
Way to Stay was created in 2013 to address Baltimore City’s documented outmigration of middle-income families with children. Its programs focus on three research-based areas of informational need: Schools, Space, and Support. Way to Stay counters negative perceptions of city public schools by sharing positive stories and dispelling rumors. For more information, visit LiveBaltimore.com/way-to-stay.