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Music Education Program In Baltimore Earns National Attention

Originally posted on CBS Baltimore:

Orchkids, short for Orchestra kids, is a program of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, developed by Marin Alsop, the symphony’s music director. It was adapted to fit Baltimore from a Venezuelan program known as ‘El Sistema’ which is a successful model of just how a music program, started early, can change the lives of a nation’s neediest kids. Orchkids has been recognized on CBS’ 60 Minutes, PBS, New York Times, Washington Post and received the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

(Photo Courtesy of Nick Skinner) (Photo Courtesy of Nick Skinner)

Nick Skinner, believes fervently in the concept of music education as a means of social change. He began with Orchkids when it was only 30 kids; it has now grown to serve about 850 kids in more than 20 schools in East and West Baltimore who otherwise would not have access to musical instruments or music instruction.

Skinner is…

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Michelle Obama Continues To Wow Us With New Education Initiative

Originally posted on Old School 95.5:

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Michelle Obama is not only fighting childhood obesity these days. She has a new initiative and it’s all about getting more students on track to attend college.

According to the Associated Press, the First Lady is joining President Barack Obama’s efforts to boost the nation’s college graduation rate. The goal is to have highest percentage of college graduates by 2020.

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“No matter what the president does, no matter what your teachers and principals do, or whatever is going on in your home or neighborhood, the person with the biggest impact on your education is you,” Mrs. Obama told students at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. this week. “It’s going to take young people like all of you across the country stepping up and taking control of your education.”

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Mother and son graduate together with Ph.D.s

Originally posted on AM 1310: The Light:

Despite a rough start, a mother of four and one of her sons made it to the top together.

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Dr. Vickie McBride had Maurice at the tender age of 13 followed by three more children. With the help of her own mother she continued to go to school and work. ”As a teenager I continued my education. That was never an option,” explained Vickie. ”I had to figure out how to work and how to parent and how to manage school all at the same time.”

By the time Maurice turned 16, with his mom balancing work and school, he started hanging with the wrong crowd and dropped out of high school. It took a stay at a juvenile probation facility for him to realize he had to turn his life around.

“I picked up the Bible and I started reading and I was like it all makes sense. I see how…

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