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SEED School achieves excellence

Congratulations to the students, teachers and parents of the graduating class of New Town and Dulaney high schools for the achievement of 100 percent acceptance to college ("Newtown, Dulaney had 100 percent college acceptance rate," June 29).

I would also like to acknowledge The SEED School of Maryland, an inner city residential high school for "at risk" children from across the state. This year marked the school's first graduating class, and they achieved 100 percent acceptance to college. One young man elected to serve his country in the U.S. Coast Guard, and the entire remainder chose college, many matriculating to top local colleges like University Of Maryland, University of Virginia, Temple University and other top-ranked academic institutions.

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These students arrive at the SEED School in Baltimore and are nurtured by the teachers and administration to study, learn, work and achieve excellence, and they do so, often even with family difficulties. The teachers are identified by their name and their college. The dorms are college names. The facility is as fine as any private school, and the children thrive. When you speak to any student one-on-one, you quickly learn they have the same desires and interest and are willing to work hard to realize their dream. I especially admire the parents who must make the hard decision to have their children live away during the week.

Seeing what can be achieved makes me wish that every child could have this opportunity. As author Wes Moore said in his commencement address to the first graduation class, "this school held out a hand to you, and I challenge you to hold one had behind you as to go to college and help another to find a path for opportunity."

Great job, SEED School and SEED students!

Dr. M. Barry Blum, Lutherville

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