By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore schools get ready for renovation.

Pat Warren explains how the city landed a billion dollars worth of improvements.

Parents, students, and teachers put money where their hearts are.

“We now have this great documentation of what everybody sees. This must be where the kids spent their money. Food services. There’s a lot of money on playgrounds.”

Eat, play, learn. John Eager Howard is among the first city schools to receive money for renovations under a new plan approved by the General Assembly this year.

“This is something that hasn’t happened in my lifetime, this type of investment in our schools,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.

This year in a legislative package, $1.1 billion in school aid was approved that includes a $20 million commitment from the city that will come from the bottle tax, which supporters defended in a news conference Tuesday.

“It put, as they say, skin in the game. We had something to risk,” said Curt Anderson.

And, according to the mayor, a lot more to gain–14 new schools and 35 schools fully renovated.

“And when you hear the kids talk about their vision for their school, it hits you,” the mayor said.

It’s a ten year plan intended to benefit generations of students to come.

The Board of Public Works signed off on the plan Wednesday.

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