A few weeks ago, many of our readers gathered at Green Spring Station for our Annual Back to School Moms Night Out. We noshed… we imbibed… we shopped… we chatted with community partners… and we stuffed 144 backpacks for Partners in Excellence Scholarship recipients.

Partners in Excellence Backpack Distribution

Not familiar with the program? Here’s the scoop: the Partners in Excellence Scholarship (PIE) Program is an arm of the Archdiocese’s Development Office that raises funds and distributes need-based tuition assistance scholarships to Baltimore City kids to attend Catholic schools. Why? Partnering for a child’s education helps break the cycle of poverty for marginalized and disadvantaged families. Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese and over 400 philanthropies, businesses and private benefactors, Partners In Excellence has provided over $32.5 million in tuition assistance to thousands of families in Baltimore City.

722 scholarships were awarded last year, with the majority of funding going to children in grades K-8. The scholarships are not “free rides” for students. Typically, they cover up to 40% of tuition and families have some financial investment as well. That’s why the program is called “Partners” in excellence; the first partner in any child’s education is their parent.

This Thursday, Partners in Excellence is inviting everyone in the community to join Archbishop William E. Lori, 16th Archbishop of Baltimore, for a special morning celebration at the Renaissance Hotel on Pratt Street. The purpose of the event is to honor and thank current supporters, as well as raise more awareness about the educational needs of Baltimore City’s children. The event will include a delicious hot buffet breakfast, a reflection from a PIE alum, and a special recognition of this year’s Partners In Excellence Award winner, Earl Linehan. Did we mention it’s FREE? (But you do need to RSVP).

Can’t make the event? You can still help! PIE hopes to raise $100,000 on Thursday, their annual day of giving, which will effectively provide 40 new scholarships for Baltimore City students. You can donate online here.

Here are a few photos from the backpack distribution after our Moms Night Out. Check out those smiles! Thank you to the whole (cool) progeny reader community and our local partners for making this project happen!

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