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The Loyola School named 2022 Milch Award winner
Award from Loyola University Maryland recognizes excellence in serving Baltimore
The Loyola School, a Jesuit all scholarship school, offering quality preschool and elementary education, will receive Loyola University Maryland’s 2022 Milch Community Partnership Award in recognition of its service to Baltimore City families of slender means.
The university presents the Milch Award annually to a community group, organization, or agency that has contributed significantly to the betterment of the intellectual, cultural, social, or commercial life of greater Baltimore.
The award will be presented at Loyola University’s commencement exercises on May 14.
“This award is a testament to your intentional commitment to early childhood education, holistic development and support of children and their families, and your profound impact on our city,” Loyola University Maryland President Terrence M. Sawyer said in a letter to the Rev. William J. Watters, S.J., president of The Loyola School, announcing the award.
Previous recipients of the Milch Award include Centerstage, Special Olympics Maryland, Strong City Baltimore, and Mercy Medical Center.
“We are honored to be among the great organizations in Baltimore to be recognized through the Milch Award,” Watters said. “We are very grateful to our generous benefactors for making our mission to provide quality education for Baltimore City children and their families a reality and thankful to Loyola University Maryland for recognizing the impact of our mission on our students and the future of Baltimore City.”
The award was created in 1979 by Robert A. Milch, professor of management and dean of Loyola’s executive graduate program in management from 1977 to 1981 and by his mother, Pearl S. Milch.
The Loyola School, which encompasses the 5-year-old Loyola Early Learning Center and a new elementary school, offers all scholarship year-round preschool and elementary education programs to a diverse group of young learners from families of slender means during the critical early years of development. The early learning center opened in 2017 and the school’s kindergarten is now in its first year. One new grade level will be added each year until, by 2025, The Loyola School will enroll about 200 students in pre-K through fourth grade.
The school, which seeks to remedy socioeconomic disparity in academic success among Baltimore City children, through a high-quality curriculum rooted in the Catholic Jesuit tradition of personal care, learning and spiritual growth. It is an initiative of St. Ignatius Catholic Community and a member of the 30 secondary and pre-secondary schools sponsored by the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit order of Catholic priests and brothers.
The school makes available strong support for every family, ensuring students receive the continuous care and attention they need. Students benefit from individualized education plans at school and from assistance in building libraries and an educational technology infrastructure at home. The school’s parent engagement program empowers parents to become co-educators.
Donors sponsor a child’s three years in preschool and/or five years in elementary school.
The Loyola School’s plan to renovate and expand space for its elementary grades received final approval on February 8, 2022, by the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Construction will be complete in late 2023. The renovated facility at 104-112 E. Madison St., across from St. Ignatius Church, will incorporate the facades and fronts of the existing townhouses with new construction to their rear and a main entrance on Calvert Street.
Learn more about The Loyola School at LoyolaSchoolBaltimore.org