City school advocates press gubernatorial candidates at forum
Eric Castañeda addressing gubernatorial candidates and audience on why Wolfe Street Academy needs a gym.
Photo by: Fern Shen
What’s it like to attend a public elementary school that lacks a gym?
A 9-year-old student from Wolfe Street Academy in Upper Fells Point explained it Wednesday night to the three Democratic candidates running for governor as well as to a crowd of more than 300.
“Right now, we spend the winter and rainy days playing whatever we can between the cafeteria tables,” said 4th-grader Eric Castañeda.
In good weather they go to a small blacktop area outside. Or they go to a lane behind the school, where the gym teacher uses cones to block off traffic and has the children walk on the sidewalk, keeping track of the distance as part of Wolfe Street’s “Mileage Club.”
“There aren’t a lot of sports leagues in our neighborhood and there is not a lot of open area a safe walking distance away,” Castañeda said.
“I want to learn to play basketball. I want to run. I want to be able to play real sports year-round. . . Please help us get a gym at Wolfe Street Academy.”To read the full article in Baltimore Brew go to: http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2014/03/07/city-school-advocates-press-gubernatorial-candidates-at-forum/
In March 2014, Wolfe Street Academy was named one of only 14 Title I Highest Performing Reward Schools in Maryland. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools stated that t
Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools stated that this esteemed certificate not only recognizes exceptional teaching professionals who have raised the bar for student achievement, but also acknowledges that Wolfe Street is closing the achievement gap.