Thinh Nguyen
Invitation to BUILD benefit concert April 7 at 4pm + BUILD Call for Vision

Dear RPEMS Community - 



As many of you know, RPEMS has been a member of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) since 2014. This Sunday April 7 at 4pm, you are all invited to attend a BUILD benefit concert featuring The Baltimore Regional Community Male Chorus and Soulful Revue at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church 1320 Park Avenue. Soul Upliftin’ is Guaranteed. Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for students. In addition to street parking, you may use the Mt. Royal School lot near the corner of Mosher Street and John Street, two blocks from Brown. A free shuttle bus will run to and from the parking lot to the church. Click here for flyer


  • Our school community has directly benefited from the work of BUILD leaders from our school and across the city. Most recently, in 2018 we ensured schools across the city were held harmless in the revision of the per pupil funding, which prevented $200,000 in budget cuts to RPEMS. In 2017 we successfully fought to restore $70M of a $130M gap in state education funding for Baltimore city and restored $2.4M in after school funding. Before the 2019 legislature closes, we anticipate winning $255M to begin the implementation of the Kirwan Commission recommendations.


  • Because BUILD is a broad-based, multi-issue power organization, our work is not limited to education. For example, since the Freddy Gray uprising in 2015, BUILD has connected over 650 people, many of them returning citizens, to jobs. And since 2008 BUILD has invested over $85M in rebuilding East Baltimore, creating over 230 new or rehabilitated single family homes and 129 multi-family affordable apartments. 
  • BUILD leaders issued a press release today: Call for Vision
    The current scandals plaguing City Hall only highlight a more urgent truth: Baltimore has operated for too many years without a clear vision or strategy, one that is independent of changes in our political leadership. As Baltimoreans, we simply cannot wait around for, or depend upon, any one single politician to cast a strategic vision. It is the job of a broader sector of leadership to create, support, and champion that vision.....
    We are calling on Baltimore’s corporate and civic leadership to join us in crafting a strategic vision that does not fall victim to changes in political leadership; a common vision that is inclusive of uptown and downtown, Forest Park and Roland Park, Highlandtown and Sandtown.....
    We are reaching out to civic and corporate leaders immediately, to meet with us in the next 60 days. We also invite citizens of our city who are committed to a better, safer, stronger Baltimore to join us in this conversation by calling or emailing us with your thoughts of how best to move Baltimore forward.


If you value the work that BUILD is doing in our city, then come out and enjoy the music this Sunday. If you can’t attend the concert, but would like to make a financial contribution, click here


If you’d like to join the conversation about building a better, stronger Baltimore, we’re all ears.




Kristin Herber (Veronica - 8th, James - 6th)

Benedicta Kim (Lily - 2nd, Etta - K)

Shani Mott (London - 6th, Clarke - 3rd, Elijah - K)

Elizabeth Reichelt (Alex - 8th, Cecelia - 7th)

Ted Winstead (Wyatt - 7th)

On behalf of the RPEMS PTA and BUILD Family Community Engagement Teams