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MECU Foundation provides grant for Baltimore Sister Cities educational programs

Baltimore, MD USA — September 2016

MECU Foundation Inc. has awarded Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. a $3,000 grant to support sister cities educational projects. The grant goes towards several projects, including the Baltimore-Rotterdam “Operation Trash” exchange project with Bard High School Early College Baltimore and Benjamin Franklin High School and several schools in the Netherlands, to create a virtual exchange and social digital platform to teach sustainability, trash reduction and recycling concepts.

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MECU Foundation

CSX provides grant for Baltimore-Rotterdam program at Benjamin Franklin High School

Baltimore, MD USA — July 17, 2016

CSX has provided a $1,000 grant to Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts via Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister Cities for the “Operation Trash” exchange project designed to educate high school students at Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School (BFHS) and connect them with Wolfert van Borselen high school in the Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Improvisational theatre techniques and remote learning techniques will be used to teach students about sustainability, trash reduction, recycling, and to inspire them to become environment stewards for their communities.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.

CSX aims to create a positive influence “Beyond Our Rails” within the communities where its employees live and work.

Sustainability is at the core of CSX’s value proposition, as freight rail is the most environmentally-friendly way to move freight over land. CSX is committed to making the community greener and cleaner by:

  • Teaching environmental stewardship
  • Planting eco-friendly trees and plants
  • Leading and supporting environmental clean-ups

CSX is a proud partner of Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School in many ways, including a mentorship program between students and CSX employees at CSX’s Chesapeake Bay Coal Piers.

CSX Beyond Our Rails logo

About Avalanche Arts

Avalanche Arts, an organization based in Rotterdam (Dutch name: “Stichting Lawine”), initiated the project concept. Theatre artist/educator and project coordinator Kathie diStefano from Avalanche Arts is designing the program together with the partnering schools and facilitating theatre workshops at the schools.

Avalanche Arts / Stichting Lawine

About Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister Cities

Baltimore, Maryland and Rotterdam, the Netherlands started their sister city relationship in 1985. The Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee (BRSCC) is a volunteer-run non-profit committee based in Baltimore that conducts the sister city affairs. The committee encourages engagement between the two cities to creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal exchanges and projects.

Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee (BRSCC) is part of Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc., a 501c3 organization incorporated in the State of Maryland.

Rotterdam artist receives WWF grant to set up pen pal exchanges between Baltimore and Rotterdam area schools

The Netherlands chapter of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has awarded a grant to Rotterdam theatre artist/educator Kathie diStefano, Avalanche Arts (Stichting Lawine), to link students in Baltimore with Dutch high school students in the greater Rotterdam area. This ‘Pen Pal Project’ will use social media to build awareness for environmental issues in both countries.

Participants will begin by looking critically at their own trash behavior and how this affects their communities as well as global waste problems. Students will be asked to “think globally and act locally” to help reduce litter and increase recycling in their communities.

Students in the two cities will share stories and compare findings regarding trash problems and recycling challenges in Dutch and American neighborhoods.

The Baltimore-Rotterdam Pen Pal Project builds on a pilot exchange completed in 2015 with Baltimore’s Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center and a school near Rotterdam, and on previous environmentally-themed art educational projects with children and community residents in the Baybrook area of Baltimore and Heijplaat area of Rotterdam, completed by Avalanche Arts in collaboration with Baltimore artist/educator Stephen Bradley.

The Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee (a member of the Baltimore Sister Cities 501(c)(3) association), supports these exchanges. Baltimore and Rotterdam have been sister cities since 1985. The committee encourages engagement between the two cities to creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal exchanges and projects.