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Learning the ins and outs of finance, is the thrust of a new seminar course led by Ben Lyons. The twice monthly seminar is titled Financial Literacy and was initiated after a chance meeting between Mr. Lyons and a group of the students at a Ravens game in December. If you walked into class today you’d hear terms such as equity and leverage used as students were encouraged to both understand the world of finance and become empowered to maneuver through it. Utilizing a keen understanding of the finance system with compelling stories from his life, Mr. Lyons has captured both the attention and imagination of the students.
Getting a job is on most of the students’ minds and plans. Amanda Rothchild, co-owner of Charmington’s coffee shop in Remington, joined Randi Seymur, front end manager at Giant Foods 41st Street location, to speak to the class as part of our monthly Job Readiness Seminar. They generously shared their personal and diverse experience with the students at the invitation of seminar instructors Peggy Lashbrook and George Tilson. The students were full of questions about pay, working conditions, qualifications, openings, job satisfaction and even issues on the job. They learned about the journey Randi and Amanda took to get to their careers. It was a great discussion that gave the students many ideas about weekend work during the school year, summer jobs, and future possibilities. We keep growing the network for the students and school! If you have ideas or opportunities, let us know.
The class attended a showing of the movie Selma today. It was a moving experience and helped to make this part of American history come alive for the students. Tonight, they are writing about the experience and doing research including reading the front pages from the New York Times from the days of the original marches back in 1965. Much thanks to the Charles Theatre for providing the tickets and to Vernon Laumann and Kim Poe who provided the rides.
As part of the students’ study of world geography, the class was honored to have Dr. Ron Walcher as a guest speaker today. Dr. Ron has made nine trips to Kyrgyzstan since 1995 providing medical services in remote villages. The students are currently studying The Caucasus and Central Asia, both examining the countries there and the impact of this region on world events. Dr. Ron shared his personal stories and illustrated his words with many photographs from his travels as well as cultural items from his travels. The students enjoyed this visit and were impressed with both his personal knowledge and Dr. Ron’s example of helping others.
What an experience students from The Community School had today! The class spent the morning at Baltimore City Hall starting off with a tour, meeting the Mayor, President of the City Council, City Comptroller, Finance Director and a host of other elected and government officials. During a Board of Estimates meeting, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took time from the agenda to speak about the long history of The Community School and congratulating the students on their achievements.
After a tour with the City Hall curator, the students went to work in City Council Chambers where City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke conducted the last session in her Baltimore seminar continuing the class that the students have had with her for the past several weeks. The students had two mock sessions where they exchanged roles as city council members and citizens presenting testimony. Special thanks to Council President Jack Young for taking the time to talk with the students and for making an on-the-spot major contribution to the school. We are beyond grateful to have Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke as a part of the school for so many years and for setting up this unique and amazing experience.
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Our 3rd Sponsor Meeting of the year will take place on Thursday, December 8th at 5:30PM at the school. All students and sponsors are expected to attend and report cards will be given out.
The Annual Holiday Open House will take place on Wednesday, December 21st from 5:30PM to 8:30PM. Everyone is invited to share in some holiday cheer!
Our Annual Holiday Evergreen Sale is taking place now! Purchase your wreaths, centerpieces, and gift items by November 11th for pickup the week of December 5th.
The students and sponsors are selling a variety of your favorite candy bars for $1.00 a piece. All profits go to the Field Trip Fund.