The 2015 Rathmann Challenge focused on “Provisions for Personal Necessities in Preparation for Learning” and sought ways to support educators in addressing issues which interfere with PreK-12 students’ abilities to be fully present in the classroom. Click here to learn more.


Baltimore, MD

Thread enrolls Baltimore City Public School System students who rank in the bottom quartile of their 9th grade class and face vast obstacles to their high school and post-secondary success, from missing fundamental academic skills to lacking stable housing. Thread achieves remarkable results by supporting students for a period of 10 years and surrounding each student with a group of volunteers - a Thread Family – who provide the student with continuous support and increased access to community resources while deeply enriching the lives of committed volunteers.