Back in the 1970s, when Baltimore was a pioneer in matching businesses and schools in long-term partnerships, the city's program was called "Adopt-A-School." Two decades later the program endures under the title "School/Business Partnerships."
The change in title acknowledges that both sides benefit from the relationship: The businesses (and other organizations) give books, computers and other materials, as well as hundreds of hours of volunteer time.
Faculty, staff and students at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, which has partnerships with Booker T. Washington Middle School and Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary, give 2,000 hours of unpaid time annually. They run career clubs, show students how to use computers, tutor and read to the children.