What is this project about? The Uniting for Action: Maryland program implemented a project to tackle education disparities in our state. Our project team featured a small, diverse, and committed group of Marylanders from Montgomery and Baltimore Counties. In close collaboration between UR Action and Towson University’s Office of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility, this project empowered staff, students, and families at Edgecombe Circle Elementary in Baltimore City.
How did volunteers contribute?
Supporters donated needed supplies through Edgecombe’s Amazon Wish List. All donations went directly to the school. Our supply drive ran from October 27th-November 15th. Click here to check out the list!
Note: When checking out, choose "Edgecombe Circle Elementary gift registry address" under Other Addresses.
Supporters expressed interest in volunteer opportunities at Edgecombe. Click here to express interest!
Why did we partner with Edgecombe? Edgecombe Circle Elementary School is a Title I school located in the Park Heights Community. The students and staff are predominately Black and 100% of students are identified with low-income families. As Maryland communities grapple with the challenges of educating students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Edgecombe is in particular need of support from Marylanders across the state.
This project aimed to help Edgecombe in pursuit of its mission: To develop inspired, joyful, and confident future leaders who will think critically, develop independence, and become change agents in the Park Heights community and beyond.
What did we do to advance equity in education? Our project helped fill the gaps in resources for Edgecombe students by:
Donating needed items to Edgecombe to enhance growth, learning, and support
Building partnerships between Edgecombe and volunteers across Maryland to continue to meet resource gaps during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
Inspiring Edgecombe students to pursue college education through virtual field trips with Towson University students
Cover Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action