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Excused vs. Unexcused Absences in Maryland Schools

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Is your child feeling under the weather? To avoid an unexcused absence, remember that a doctor’s note is required for illnesses lasting longer than 3 days.

Tracking attendance is something the officials in Maryland schools take very seriously, and parents and guardians should as well. Regardless of the reason, when your student is absent, they are missing out on valuable class time and may fall behind. Every single school day, whether your student is in Pre-K or high school, they have the the opportunity to expand their knowledge and excel. Let’s discuss the difference between excused and unexcused absences in Maryland schools. (more…)

Girls Coloring for Change: How Two Baltimore Students are Empowering the Next Generation of Women

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Anna Doherty and Hope Sacco, the young local authors of the empowering coloring book, “Girls Coloring for Change.” This image is courtesy of WBAL-TV. 

Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we understand how incredibly important it is for young women to feel inspired, confident, and hopeful for their futures. Without encouragement and empowerment, young women (especially living in poverty) can find themselves pregnant, skipping school, and giving up on their dreams. It makes us so proud to share with you the story of two female Baltimore students who are working to create a strong self-image for the next generation of young women. Let us tell you m


BCS CEO Sonja Santelises on Inexperienced Teachers in Poverty-Stricken Baltimore City Schools

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises is pictured here. This image is courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises, pictured here, believes more experienced teachers could pave the way for children living and learning in poverty. This image is courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

This season, we have been doing our best to shed light on the strong link between poverty as it relates to education. There are several factors that can contribute to a child living in poverty, and several more factors that can determine how effective their educational experience is in the city. Last week, the Baltimore Sun reported on what Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises believes could improve education in areas of poverty. Let us share this information with you. (more…)

MBK’s Role in the Attendance Affirmation Project at Beechfield Elementary-Middle School

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The Attendance Affirmation Project aims to reward students who have 94% attendance or better with incentive programs.

As you may have noticed this season, My Brother’s Keeper is utilizing our blog to highlight the importance of school attendance and how education relates to breaking the cycle of poverty. This week, we want to share more valuable information and statistics with you about our role in the Attendance Affirmation Project at Beechfield Elementary-Middle School in Irvington. The program has recorded astounding results so far, and we can only hope that the positive impact of this program continues to grow. (more…)

How Living in Poverty Affects Women and Their Children: Teen Pregnancy, Education, and the Future of Women

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Women in America are 35 percent more likely than men to live in poverty. Find out how to help those living in Baltimore.

Women in America are 35 percent more likely than men to live in poverty, which can have an alarming impact on their children.

It is a revolutionary time to be a woman in America, as we not only have the right to vote for our president, but to vote for a female candidate if we choose to do so. These are just a couple examples of the many strides women have made in history, but if you are a woman living in poverty, life in America can still leave much to be desired – especially if you are pregnant or have a child. Women in America are 35 percent more likely than men to live in poverty. Let’s discuss how living in poverty affects women and their children specifically. (more…)

MBK’s Commitment to Education: The Importance of Forming Healthy School Attendance Habits Early On

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
School Attendance

When opportunity calls, we want your student to be present to answer. School attendance is key.

Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we want to continue to urge the importance of school attendance – especially for those younger students. Why, you may ask? Well, it is true that school attendance is important for students of ALL ages, but we hope that stressing the importance of school attendance at a young age will contribute to helping these younger students form healthy learning habits early on, minimizing the risk of getting “left behind” educationally. (more…)

Educational Statistics About Children Living in Poverty

Friday, September 16th, 2016
Hunger and Learning

Children living in poverty do not always have access to the education they so truly deserve.

The back-to-school-jitters are over, and Baltimore students are finally starting to nestle into the school year ahead. For children living in poverty, attaining an adequate education isn’t an easy feat – and by no fault of their own. My Brother’s Keeper is committed to transforming its community, which includes breaking the cycle of poverty. Let’s discuss how this ties into educational growth, school attendance, and more. (more…)

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