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'Keep Me Maryland' emergency fundraising continues

Jenna Johnson

University of Maryland officials launched a fundraising campaign last year that was totally different. They didn't ask for huge donations to build stadiums or academic buildings. They asked anyone would could afford it to give whatever they could to help a student stay in school.

"Keep Me Maryland" has raised more than half a million dollars so far. Students experiencing financial problems can apply for small awards of $500 to $1,500 to help them make ends meet. Although the economy has improved since then, students are still in financial need and the campaign continues on.

For the next month, Maryland students can donate extra dining credits to the fund. When students tried a similar fundraiser in March and raised more than $22,000.

The fundraiser, which runs through Dec. 1, was organized by the Student Government Association, dining services, the Residence Hall Association and a campus service group called Jelly for the Belly.

By Jenna Johnson  | November 3, 2010; 9:41 AM ET
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Everyone is entitled to an education - but in the proper environment. You can not combine special needs children, sociopathic children, and advanced students with the general population in the schools and expect anyone to come out with a good education. Teachers are not qualified to teach in this broad scope. Schools are not providing safe environments for the students or faculty.

As an author, I recently published a book, Because, It's Just Good Manners! and with that publication I challenged students to practice good manners for one week. I also urged parents, businesses and the media to "bully" schools into participating in the challenge - for one week. My book is offered as a free download as an incentive.

Are schools qualified or capable of teaching good manners to students in today's schools?

People need to realize there is a direct correlation between the decrease in good manners and common courtesies and the increase in violence, abuse, and bullying, across the nation. What happened to the concept of enforcing civil rights in the schools?

Why do we need local, state and federal laws against bullying in schools when we already have the civil rights acts which are not being enforced? Why not let the law enforcement types, step into the schools and educate the faculty and students on what their rights are - and then be prepared to enforce those laws?

We have managed to turn our schools into ineffective environments by making them into multi-service facilities. Can we learn from this mistake?

When you look at the numbers, the number of students, versus the number of teachers, do you honestly believe the priority today is teachers wages versus providing a safe learning environment to children - an environment in which they can and will learn. These are the adults of the future. Teachers do want more money and partly because of the demands that are now placed on them to teach in multi-service, unsafe environments. The multi-service environments are wrong. The unsafe environments are wrong.

Learning good manners and common courtesies is not about pointing fingers as to who is or is not teaching or setting the good examples. It is simply about accepting the responsibility and living the lifestyle.

Our under age - student - population continues to grow and the real problems are out of control. They are fixable but the administrators need to think outside the box and go back to basics.

As my book says on the back cover, "It may be the most difficult decision you ever make." Do you or don't you teach good manners? Do you or don't you live by good manners?

Posted by: jhcesi | November 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Excuse my mannars but what does your book have to do with UMD?

Go Terps.

Posted by: bdtague | November 3, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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