Name: Sara Carr Bennett
Member Since: 2023
Resides In: Bowleys Quarters, MD
Professional Background or Current Role: Sara Carr Bennett currently serves as the Community School Facilitator for Riverview Elementary School in Lansdowne, MD. She previously served as an English teacher and Department Chair in Anne Arundel and Baltimore County Public Schools for 11 years prior to becoming the Community School Facilitator for Riverview in 2022.
In her current position, she runs a monthly food bank and free thrift store that services 300+ families in the Lansdowne area, plans and executes 9 family engagement events a year welcoming hundreds of families to learn more about academic and community connections with a focus on having resource organizations table at the event, started a multi-year partnership with CCBC to offer free ESOL classes to parents, started a partnership with Towson University for academic tutoring, applies for grants to expand services, builds relationships with local politicians and community advocates, and leverages partnerships to bring in necessary and sustainable systems of support for the Lansdowne community.
Community Connections: As a lifelong resident of Baltimore County, Bennett attended BCPS schools from K-12, got her BA in English Literature from Loyola University Maryland and both her MA in Teaching and Administrator 1 Certificate from Towson University. Furthermore, she plans to raise her family in Baltimore County and have her future children attend BCPS schools. As a servant leader to her community, she prides herself on finding ways to support the causes of education, poverty alleviation, and offering equitable opportunities for success to all children in Baltimore regardless of their zip code, socioeconomic status, or race
Interest In Baltimore Hunger Project: The Baltimore Hunger Project is a key partner to Riverview and many other Title 1/Community Schools throughout the Baltimore region. Their lifesaving work bridges the gap to provide weekend meals, birthday kits, and supplementary supplies that bring hope and stability to the hundreds of Riverview students who have benefited from this resource over the years. From my work in my school, I can personally testify to the powerful impact that these meals provide to students in need and the weight that is lifted off of the shoulders of their parents. When offered the chance to give back to the organization that has given so much to our school community, I leapt at the chance. I look forward to reporting on what’s happening in our schools, being an ambassador for the BHP, working with our Empowering Minds students, and the many other opportunities that will come to serve this incredible nonprofit!