January 14, 2016
CONTACTS: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/ Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524
Cardin, Cummings, Local Leaders Join Baltimore City Principals to Celebrate New Federal Grant for Schools Affected by Unrest Following Death of Freddie Gray    
TODAY, Thursday, January 14 at 1:30 PM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman Elijah Cummingswill join local elected and education leaders, officials from the U.S. Department of Education and the principals of five schools affected by the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray to celebrate the recent award of more than $290,000 in new federal funding to help the schools’ ongoing recovery effort. 
Specifically, the $292,647 grant through the Department of Education’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program will enable the district to hire additional full-time social workers and psychologists to support the schools efforts to restore the learning environment. These extra social workers and psychologists will conduct home visits for teacher-referred students in need of services, facilitate small group and/or individual sessions with students, prepare lesson plans for teachers to use in classrooms, and provide professional development opportunities and trainings for school-based staff.   
WHAT:                      U.S. Dept. of Education Project SERV Grant Award
WHO:                        U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
                                    Congressman Elijah Cummings
Dr. Monique Chism, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
                                    Dr. Jack R. Smith, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Maryland State Department of Education
Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent, Baltimore City Public Schools
Nick Mosby, Seventh District, Baltimore City Council
David Guzman, Principal, Matthew A. Henson Elementary School
Kelvin Bridgers, Principal, Frederick Douglass Senior High School
Curtis Durham, Principal, Gilmor Elementary School
Denisha Logan, Principal, Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
Federico Adams, Principal, William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School
WHEN:                      TODAY, Thursday, January 14 at 1:30 PM
WHERE:                    Matthew A. Henson Elementary School
                                    1600 N. Payson St., Baltimore MD
HOW:                        MEDIA please RSVP to Tim Zink,