Keep Renaissance Academy Open!
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There is an an insidious plot to close another local high school in Baltimore City! This High school in particular, Renaissance Academy,is a pretty small school that is considered home to about 330 students, 2/3 of those students being male. The school is very community oriented, fostering over 20 partners! Some of the most notable partners being the Promise Heights Agency (a program sponsored through the UMD School of Social Work), and the Seeds of Promise program. Promise heights provides an extensive and very hands on after school program to about 80 students, a few of which are not even students enrolled at Renaissance, but are still welcomed with open arms. The Seeds of Promise Program is a group of courageous, dedicated, and compassionate men that proudly mentor the young men who are students in the after school program at Renaissance. Renaissance also hosts a bi-weekly food pantry for the community every other Thursday. It is the only high school in all of Baltimore City that provides students with an academic career program that guarantees students a certificate in GIS, Criminal Justice, or Homeland security for them to use post graduation.
We can not allow this sinister plot to unfold! There are too many bright students with endless potential who benefit from attending this school because of all of it's grass rooted resources. Staff and partners of Renaissance Academy serve as a a vital outlet to students coming from some of the most troubled families, backgrounds, and neighborhoods in Baltimore City. Without this school, these students (especially the large populations of young men) are left vulnerable and could possibly fall victim to the illicit activity of drug war and violence in the dangerous climate of Baltimore City streets (which have already seen 285 murders so far this year), or become statistics in the disproportionate school to prison pipeline. Please sign this petition to support the initiative to keep this school open, and allow it to continue to grow as it educates and nurtures hundreds of children into intelligent, successful, and productive adults.
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