Dear Friends and Neighbors:
For families with young children, this time of year is always both exciting and even a little bit scary. As the school year lets out, we’re proud to watch our kids reach yet another milestone, but we’re also reminded of just how fast they’re growing up. This time last year, my daughter Kennedy had completed 5th grade and was getting ready to start middle school. She was nervous at the beginning of the school year but with the support of her teachers was able to make the National Junior Honor Society and participate in the Ingenuity Project. Not only am I proud of her for excelling in rigorous coursework, I am also grateful for the dedicated staff at Baltimore City Public Schools who provide an environment where she and her peers can succeed.
This month I published an op-ed in the AFRO discussing the need to value teaching as a profession in our State. Now more than ever, our teachers are wearing many different hats in the classroom and we need to be everything we can to attract the most qualified candidates to our schools, and to keep them once they’ve been hired.
With the school year ending, I enjoyed the opportunity to speak at the graduation ceremonies at Furley Elementary School, Sinclair Lane Elementary School, REACH Partnership!, YO Baltimore, Hamilton Elementary/Middle School, and Glenmount Elementary/Middle School. Celebrating the accomplishments of our City’s young people is always worthwhile and I appreciated the chance to share my thoughts on the value of education and determination with our young scholars.
Working for Our Community
The 45th District End of Session Town Hall had a great turnout. After a productive session in Annapolis, I always look forward to spending time talking with neighbors in the 45th District about what we were able to accomplish and what we’re planning to work on in the next session. It also is a great opportunity to learn about concerns in the community and to discuss issues taking place in Baltimore and across the State.
I also participated in the third annual celebration of “B Local.” B Local is an initiative comprised of 25 businesses in the Baltimore region that have committed to supporting local and minority companies in Baltimore by utilizing their services as vendors and by hiring local talent. It was refreshing to hear the story of Roxine Chambers, who interns at Howard Bank and Teshome Webishet, who is a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As a city, we’re unstoppable when we take the time to invest in our businesses and equip members of the community with the tools they need to be successful.
One Last Thing…
#TeamMcCray is committed to addressing any concerns that you may have. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (410) 841-3165 if you have any concerns.
Listening. Learning. Leading.
Senator, 45th Legislative District