New Live Baltimore Videos inspire Mayor, City Schools CEO, Local Families

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Mayor Catherine Pugh and Live Baltimore’s Executive Director Annie Milli at the screening.

On Aug. 29, Live Baltimore hosted an exclusive video screening celebrating the release of three new videos — highlighting Baltimore City’s amazing schools, families and surrounding neighborhoods as part of the Way to Stay program.

Mayor Catherine Pugh and City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises joined Live Baltimore’s Executive Director Annie Milli at the screening. The videos highlighted families with students at Federal Hill Preparatory School, Medfield Heights Elementary School and Hamilton Elementary/Middle School and emphasized how much they love their neighborhood schools and communities.

“These videos show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that families with kids are thriving in Baltimore City,” Milli said. “They’re finding great schools to meet their needs, connecting with other families in their neighborhoods and loving where they live.”

The Mayor said she’s been working hard toward consistent neighborhood growth and strong enrollment numbers so schools can be adequately supported with funding.

“We fight these battles because we know and believe in the potential of our youth, and the doors that a great education will open,” Pugh said. “Having kids doesn’t mean having to move out of the city. I don’t believe in counting out any school district or neighborhood. Wherever there are children, there is a future. Their minds are fresh, and it is our responsibility to pique their curiosity with safe communities and active learning environments.”

The Baltimore City Schools CEO touted the work of the Way to Stay program as “groundbreaking” and said the neighborhood public schools are all showcasing excellence with positive stories like the ones shared by families in the videos.

“Great public schools are really the pillar of having great communities …,” Dr. Santelises said. “And Live Baltimore is a critical part of that work.”

All videos can be used for news distribution with attribution to Live Baltimore.

Medfield Heights Elementary School: “A Family of Learning”

When generations of families work and attend a school, a committed community grows around the learning space.

Federal Hill Prep Elementary School: “Mornings in Motion”

Families from South Baltimore’s Otterbein, Ridgely’s Delight, and Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhoods walk, bike, and scoot to their neighborhood school.

Hamilton Elementary/Middle School: “Growing Minds”

Check out an innovative environmental education program that cropped up at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School in Northeast Baltimore.

About Live Baltimore

Live Baltimore is a nationally recognized, independent nonprofit organization committed to promoting the benefits of Baltimore City living. Each year, Live Baltimore provides thousands of individuals with information on the city’s 250+ neighborhoods, rental living options, homebuying incentive programs, historic tax credits, and more. For more information, visit

About Way to Stay

Way to Stay was created in 2013 to address Baltimore City’s documented outmigration of middle-income families with children. Its programs focus on three research-based areas of informational need: Schools, Space, and Support. Way to Stay counters negative perceptions of city public schools by sharing positive stories and dispelling rumors. For more information, visit

Edited from Press Release

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  1. Until violent crime is properly addressed and citizens feel safe the Live Baltimore videos will fall flat. As a property owner in Canton, I couldn’t love this city more, and yet I don’t feel safe in my own neighborhood. Sadly, the majority of my neighbors feel the same way. It’s time Baltimore invested in what tax payers deserve-safety.

  2. Was this a private or public viewing engagement?
    Should have advertised through your social media pages and allowed public to attend.
    And or made it the monthly happy hour event to become a fundraiser as well.

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