2019-2020 Year in Review

2020 has certainly been a year for the record books. But it hasn’t been all bad! Thanks to your generous support, Friends of Hampden has been able to accomplish big things this school year. Check out our year in review!

Playground Repairs

We are incredibly proud to announce the completion of our largest ever project!  Our much loved playground needed a LOT of TLC to make it safe and accessible again. Thanks to many contributions from you, our community, and a generous grant from Johns Hopkins University we have been able to fund repairs and replace the deteriorated surface (coming early July).  Here is a partial list of updates to the playground:

  • Replace the missing climbing ropes
  • Replace the missing circular monkey bar
  • Add a new steering wheel
  • Add a new preschool slide
  • Tighten all bolts for safety
  • Install new rubberized mulch surfacing 

We cannot wait to see how much your little ones love the new additions when playgrounds open again! 

Teacher Appreciation

The teachers at Hampden Elementary/Middle School are the best of the best. Friends of Hampden partnered with the PTO to make sure that all of our teachers received a gift card to the Charmery for Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

Official Maryland Green School Designation

As of June 1, 2020, Hampden Elementary/Middle School is an officially designated Maryland Green School! Friends of Hampden has been actively involved in working with the Green Team over the past two years to make this a reality.  We are happy to say that our fundraising team secured three grants for outdoor and indoor greening projects as part of this effort.  We are so proud of the students, teachers, and community members who worked together to achieve such an amazing accomplishment! 

Volunteers Needed! 

Help Hampden stay beautiful and green!  We’ve had volunteers from Friends of Hampden stopping by the school throughout the closure for maintenance on our gardens. We’d love some help with weeding and general garden maintenance. If you have a green thumb (or even if you don’t!) and some time to spare, come out as a family one weekend this summer and help keep our gardens beautiful! Sign up here

What should our next project be?

We want to hear from you! What are you hoping to see at the school? Help us choose our next project(s)!  (If you have another idea for a new project please email us at info@friendsofhampden.org.)

Without all of us, there are none of us.

At Friends of Hampden, we fully support the voices and needs of all students and families of Hampden Elementary/Middle School #55. While educational equity has always been a core belief of our organization, we realize that we can, and should, do better to provide a more inclusive and equitable organization to represent the needs of all of our families. A diverse school community alone is not enough. In our efforts to create a truly inclusive organization: one where all student families are welcomed and supported, and where their faces, experiences, and voices are reflected and valued, we are actively searching to add Black and NBPOC to our board. If you, or anyone you know is interested in joining the board of Friends of Hampden, please contact us at info@friendsofhampden.org