Hi. I am a 29-year-old graduate student and I teach developmental English and reading to community college students. I created this site in hopes of finding out what the Baltimore community has to say about education.

I hope you enjoy the discussions throughout the site. Feel free to contribute by adding comments or contacting me at random_at_best@yahoo.com


  1. Laura,

    I came across your blog and have enjoyed your post from June on free and reduced lunch in Baltimore charter schools. I am a registered dietitian with Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and National Dairy Council (NDC) and a blogger for The Dairy Report. As a mom and as a dietitian, child nutrition is of particular interest to me personally. National Dairy Council also has a strong commitment to child nutrition, particularly in schools. In fact, we’re hosting an event at an area school that showcases our national child nutrition program, Fuel Up to Play 60.

    On Thursday, Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) is hosting a “Healthy Students, Healthy Schools” event at Southern Middle School in Anne Arundel County. FUTP 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by NDC and National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve a least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. (There’s particular emphasis on the foods kids are most likely to miss out on: low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.) More than 60,000 schools enrolled in FUTP 60 in its first year.

    At the event, students will go through a physical activity exercise with Ravens cheerleaders and then head to the school lunch room to talk about healthy foods choices. We’re expecting Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools Dr. Kevin Maxwell, State Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick, and Maryland Speaker of the House Mike Busch. I am out of town this week but registered dietitian Jean Ragalie from NDC will be there to talk more about the program.

    We’d love to have you as a guest at the event, so you can see the program in action. If you can’t make it, I’d be glad to send you more information that might be of interest to your readers. We are also working with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on activities for the upcoming Baltimore Healthy City Days in late September/early October. I can fill you in as more details are worked out.

    I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about dairy’s role in child nutrition. I also look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Isabel Maples, MEd, RD
    National Dairy Council/Mid-Atlantic Dairy Council

  2. I am sending along some details about our work with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake for the upcoming Baltimore Healthy City Days.

    On Tuesday, September 28 at 11:30 a.m. in the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, the mayor is announcing the Baltimore City Mayoral Fuel Up To Play 60 (FUTP 60) Challenge that will focus on 25 FUTP 60 Baltimore schools.

    For the challenge, schools must show how they engaged in the FUTP 60 program and how they made healthy changes during the school year by participating in the FUTP 60 challenges and implementing their nutrition and physical activity strategies. The winning school will receive a pep rally with an NFL Player and appear in a Milk Mustache photo with Mayor Rawlings Blake.

    This Tuesday, Mayor Rawlings Blake will be joined by Ray Rice of the Ravens to talk about the challenge and both will participate in a workout and healthy food tasting with students.

    If you are available, you are welcome to attend the event. I can send you some additional information on the challenge. I thought this might be interesting to your readers and I can keep you updated on how the challenge progresses as the weeks go by. Also, I’m happy to tell you more about what local FUTP 60 schools are doing if you are interested in learning more.

    Many thanks,

    Isabel Maples, MEd, RD
    National Dairy Council/Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association

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