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Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Schools Receives Partnership Award from Baltimore City Public Schools

Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Schools was among the honorees at the Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Engagement’s breakfast to thank the individuals and organizations contributing to student success.

The Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Schools program was created under the leadership of Johns Hopkins University president Ronald J. Daniels with the endorsement of Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso. Coordinated by the Johns Hopkins Office of Work, Life and Engagement, the program is a service partnership that provides opportunities for faculty and staff to offer their talents to the city's youth and improve the administrative and educational capacities of Baltimore City Public Schools.

Participants can serve in many capacities including direct student support, management and leadership advice, and facilities and infrastructure improvement. Staff members are eligible for up to two work days of paid service leave to assist with various school volunteer opportunities which are searchable in an online database developed through the Takes Time for Schools partnership.

Since its official launch in March, 2010, over 180 members of the Johns Hopkins community have registered as Takes Time for Schools volunteers. Additionally, the success of Work, Life and Engagement’s partnership with City Schools has led to other initiatives designed to support Baltimore elementary, middle, and high school students. One such effort—the Johns Hopkins Adopt-a-Student Uniform Drive—was coordinated over the summer by Work, Life and Engagement, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Black Faculty and Staff Association. The Adopt-a-Student Uniform Drive was established to assist families unable to purchase the required school uniforms. The goal of the inaugural drive was to provide uniforms for approximately 30 students. The response from the Johns Hopkins community was overwhelming, and the drive raised enough funds to provide uniforms for 120 students—four times the original target. Students from 23 of the city’s public schools received uniforms as a result of this program.

For more information about Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Schools or the Adopt-a-Student Uniform Drive, visit http://www.hopkinsworklife.org/community.

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