Giving every student a Thanksgiving dinner

6 Dec

Members of the Baltimore City Police Department Southwestern District and members of the community came out to help distribute food to students at The SEED School of Maryland.

The SEED School of Maryland is a very special place, and through Public Allies I am lucky enough to work there. SEED is a state-wide, public, tuition-free college preparatory boarding school that serves youth who are disadvantaged and at-risk. Many of the students I work with do not have anyone in their family who has gone to college. Many live in poverty, have parents who are incarcerated or addicted to drugs, and come from some of the toughest neighborhoods in Baltimore and across Maryland. As you can imagine, holidays that are centered on food and family can be some of the toughest times for our students at SEED.

After donating food for 308 families, Ed Reed came to hand-deliver the food. He stopped to take a picture with this SEED family and many others.

That’s why on November 18, the day students at SEED left for a weeklong Thanksgiving break, we gave all 308 students a Thanksgiving meal with the help of Ed Reed, a star safety for the Baltimore Ravens. Every student received stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, string beans, corn, sweet potatoes, rolls, a pumpkin pie, and a turkey.

This was the first time I coordinated an event this large and one where we gave away so much food. Thanks to Public Allies I felt prepared for the challenge and supported before, during, and after. The event felt like a huge success and I wanted to share some pictures with you from our Turkey Day. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving — thanks to Ed Reed and his Eye of The Hurricane Foundation, my students did!

Students worked with Baltimore City police officers and other volunteers to earn service hours by sorting food into bags.


4 Responses to “Giving every student a Thanksgiving dinner”

  1. Ariel December 7, 2011 at 9:10 am #


    You are so lucky to work at a SEED School! My Partner Organization coordinates author visits with the English department faculty at the SEED School in DC and it really seems like an amazing place. Every one who works there is so dedicated and positive — it’s a great environment to learn in!

    • Dara December 8, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      I feel incredibly lucky to be there. SEED is such an awesome concept. I’ve visited the SEED DC school once and it’s great. SEED is all about collaboration (probably why they get along with Public Allies so well) so I feel really comfortable, supported, and empowered there! I’m glad you get to collaborate with them in DC.

  2. Dan Condon December 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    So glad you’re placed with our friends at SEED. We’ve been working with them for years. Did you know the founder and Public Allies CEO went to high school together?

    • Dara December 8, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      I had no idea, but as soon as I read that it just makes too much sense. There must have been something in the water up there in Milwaukee…

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