Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland’s first and only public boarding school is honoring Art Modell and his wife, Pat.
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“This is a day we can truly celebrate excellence,” said Senator Ben Cardin.
On the campus of the SEED School of Maryland, a college prep, public boarding school, a special dedication ceremony honored the school’s most significant donors.
“Art and I are very proud to be here today,” said Pat Modell.
“She fell in love with the SEED School two years ago and I am a believer,” Art Modell said.
The Modells have been active with the school, helping provide underprivileged students a tuition-free education.
“Here at SEED, the adults and kids encourage me to be smart. They do whatever they have to to make sure I succeed,” said a student.
The school has raised $30 million toward building two new dormitories, a state-of-the-art gym and a cafeteria.
“We have seen our first class grow and mature, learn and question, bond and unite. We’ve watched them become better readers, deeper thinkers and caring citizens,” said an official.
With the help of donors like the Modells, SEED hopes to add more students and continue building their campus.
Students throughout Maryland are eligible to apply to the SEED School. Enrollment is determined each year through a lottery.
The school first opened its doors in 2008 with its first class of 80 students.