$2 million contribution to support new statewide college-preparatory urban public boarding school for underserved students
BALTIMORE, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, today joined in dedicating The SEED School of Maryland located at the former Southwestern High School in southwest Baltimore. SEED stands for School for Educational Evolution and Development. SEED's innovative model integrates a rigorous, college preparatory, academic program with a nurturing boarding environment.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation provided a $2 million capital grant to support site acquisition, design, and construction for the SEED School of Maryland, including the first dormitory.
"The Weinberg Foundation has found a great partner in The SEED School of Maryland," said Barry Schloss, Weinberg Foundation Trustee. "The school is serving students from across the state who will benefit the most from a college-preparatory boarding school, and we look forward to celebrating their successes."
The SEED Foundation partners with urban communities to provide educational opportunities that prepare underserved students for success in college and beyond. The 52-acre campus in southwest Baltimore will include 3 dormitories, faculty and staff housing, and athletic and recreational facilities. The SEED School of Maryland opened in 2008. It currently serves 240 students in grades 6 through 8. The school will grow to serve 400 students in grades 6 through 12.
About The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, provides approximately $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to economically disadvantaged people, primarily in the U.S. and Israel. Grants are focused on meeting basic needs and enhancing an individual's ability to meet those needs with emphasis on older adults, the Jewish community, and our hometown communities of Maryland, northeastern Pennsylvania, and Hawaii. The trustees, some of whom also serve as executive officers of the Foundation, are Alvin Awaya, Judge Ellen M. Heller, Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Barry I. Schloss, and Chairman of the Board Donn Weinberg. Rachel Monroe serves as the Weinberg Foundation's President. For more information please go to www.hjweinbergfoundation.org.
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SOURCE Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation