Calvin Rodwell Elementary – One of the highest performing public elementary schools in the city!Calvin Rodwell Elementary, located in the Howard Park neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore, is a place of academic excellence as well as cultural enrichment, where parents and community are involved with the school life and success! According to the Baltimore Brew, Baltimore’s best news website, the elementary school is not only one of Baltimore city’s best-kept secrets but is also the proud host of Baltimore’s and the nation’s first elementary culinary arts program. Students are trained in all aspects of food preparation, presentation, and serving. Who knew children as young as first graders could make anything from bruschetta to lasagna? Chef Connie Johnson, the program’s founder, emphasizes healthy, no added salt international cooking, and not just traditional American dishes. A Baltimore City public school, Calvin M. Rodwell serves 357 students in grades pre- kindergarten through grade 5 in the Howard Park neighborhood, a Healthy Neighborhood community. The students at Calvin M. Rodwell lay their own claim to “outstanding:” In 2011, 83 percent met or exceeded state standards in reading on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), and 88 percent made the state grade in mathematics.
Due to its academic enrichment achievements Calvin M. Rodwell was awarded the Goldseker Neighborhood-School Partnership grant, a special program for Baltimore’s outstanding public schools in Healthy Neighborhoods communities. This partnership brought about a workforce synergy between Calvin Rodwell, GO Northwest Housing Resource Center and the Howard Park Civic Association to complete projects such as the neighborhood festival, community beautification projects, a community garden and promoting the school as an asset of the community. Howard Park is a place of choice for potential and current residents to send their children and call home. This Neighborhood-School Partnership launched the award-winning Weather Bug science curriculum and has helped students develop skills in science, geography, math and technology using real-time weather maps. Calvin M. Rodwell is part of a national network of schools that use WeatherBug to track meteorological data and strengthen students’ investigative and research skills in math and science—all while having fun.
Established in June 1999 and incorporated in March 2007, the GO Northwest Housing Resource Center is a comprehensive home ownership counseling and community services non- profit agency. Located in beautiful northwest Baltimore City, our offices are inside the Garwyn Medical Center.
Mission – Ensuring healthy, strong neighborhoods by equipping potential and existing residents to obtain, maintain and/or retain their homes successfully.
Equip homebuyers to purchase, and homeowners preserve and retain their homes through pre and post purchase homeownership education, counseling, and technical assistance.
- Administer Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, a community preservation program in Garwyn Oaks, Hanlon, and Howard Park communities in NW Baltimore. Program provides low cost home improvement/rehab loan program, block beautification, and community marketing resources.
- Enhance neighborhood appearance, sustain home value and strengthen community capacity by engaging residents in block beautification and building activities.
- Increase awareness and selection of Northwest Baltimore neighborhoods by promoting our communities as homeownership communities of choice
For more information please visit www.go-northwesthrc.org
Healthy Neighborhoods helps Baltimore neighborhoods increase home values, market their communities, and forge strong connections among neighbors. GO-Northwest in conjunction with Healthy Neighborhoods can offer residents or homebuyers in Howard Park, Hanlon and Garwyn Oaks an affordable loan to rehabilitate your home.
For more information on the healthy neighborhoods home buying initiatives visit :http://go-northwesthrc.org/about-us/healthy-neighborhoods-initiative
Howard Park, originally part of Baltimore County, boasts urban- suburban living with a golf course in their back yard, and easy access to downtown and county attractions, major roadways and modes of transportation, commercial and recreational outlets and public and private schools. Tree lined, quiet streets, open green space with long-term home ownership—truly a find! As a Healthy Neighborhoods community, residents and potential residents have access to funding incentives available to purchase and preserve their homes.