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City school advocates press gubernatorial candidates at forum

From the Baltimore Brew -  March 7, 2014 

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:   

Another Feather in the cap for Wolfe Street Academy 
On March 12, 2014, Erik Zygmont of the Baltimore Guide wrote about Wolfe Street Academy's recent recognition by the Maryland State Department of Education as a "Title I Highest Performing Reward School".  It is a recognition based on standardized test scores that students at Wolfe Street are succeeding academically and that the achievement gap is being closed.  Principal Mark Gaither reports that this is the ninth year that Wolfe has met every standard the state has set and that 89 percent of its students are reading at or above grade level.  For more details go to