Feb. 5, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
When: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10, 2014
What: An opportunity for media to visit and tour Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, the first new public school building in East Baltimore in more than 20 years.
The ribbon cutting will feature remarks from state and local officials, including Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore schools interim CEO Tisha Edwards and Patricia L. Welch, dean of Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies.
There will also be a performance by the Henderson-Hopkins orchestra and students singing the school song.
Where: Henderson-Hopkins School auditorium, 2100 Ashland Ave., Baltimore. Media should enter the school at the Ashland Avenue front entrance.
The Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School opened Jan. 2, the first new public school building in East Baltimore in more than 20 years.
The $43 million K-8 school is the cornerstone for East Baltimore Development Inc.’s ongoing efforts to redevelop and re-energize an 88-acre swath of East Baltimore just north of Johns Hopkins Hospital with a science and technology center, new homes, graduate student housing, a park and retail amenities.
Originally known as East Baltimore Community School, the school had operated since 2009 from modular, temporary classrooms just north of the current campus. Construction on Henderson-Hopkins’ 90,000-square-foot facility began in June 2012.
With contemporary architecture and flexible learning spaces, Henderson-Hopkins is designed to be one of Baltimore’s most progressive schools, serving 368 students on the first day of school and 567 students at capacity.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Education, in partnership with Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies, will operate the school. Specifically, the Johns Hopkins School of Education has the primary responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the school, with Morgan assuming the governance representation of the partnership.
In addition to a $10 million early childhood center that will serve 170 children as young as 6 weeks, the campus includes a gym, auditorium, library and family resource center — all available for community use. Students will enjoy space dedicated for art and music, rooms filled with natural light, wide open corridors and outdoor play zones. Instead of trekking to a traditional cafeteria for lunch, children will dine in more intimate nooks, close to their classrooms.
A key feature of the school will be the health suite that will be staffed in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department and students and faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Instead of merely treating students who aren’t feeling well, the emphasis will be proactive, teaching students and their families about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
Contributions for the school and early childhood center came from a number of partners including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Windsong Trust.
***IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER ON MONDAY***
School delay: If Baltimore City Public Schools has a two-hour delay Monday morning, the event will proceed as scheduled at 9:30 a.m.
School closing: If the district is closed, the event will be canceled. There is no make-up date.
To cover the event, please RSVP to Jill Rosen at 443-997-9906, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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