Laureate and Local Volunteers Build New Playground for Baltimore School
Baltimore, Maryland – June 10, 2014 – Laureate Education, Inc., the world’s largest higher education network, today built and donated a playground at The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School in Baltimore. Nearly 300 of Laureate’s most senior executives from around the world came to Baltimore to build the playground. Laureate, formerly known as Sylvan Learning Systems, relocated its global headquarters to Baltimore in 1996, the first company to do so in more than twenty years. Laureate was the first company in the Harbor East neighborhood, a key part of Baltimore’s federally designated empowerment zone. In the 18 years since moving to Baltimore, the company has grown from employing 300 people at the headquarters to more than 2,700.
More than 100 local volunteers joined Laureate executives and students to build the playground, in partnership with KaBOOM!. The playground will be accessible to nearby residents.
“It’s a great honor to give back to the community that has given me — and Laureate Education — so much,” said Douglas L. Becker, Laureate’s founder, chief executive officer, and a Baltimore native. “We are committed to doing work that is here for good in every community in which we operate.”
“The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School really is the center of this community and this new playground will help foster that sense of community that we cherish,”said the school’s principal, Dr. Harold A. Barber.
“Congratulations to Baltimore’s own Doug Becker and Laureate Education on their 15th anniversary,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “I’m so grateful that this Baltimore-based global company continues to invest in the local community in ways that benefit the people of this great city. The students of the historic Samuel-Coleridge Taylor Elementary School and members of the neighboring community will truly enjoy the new playground more than you will ever know. Thank you.”