Ravens WR Mark Clayton to Present Back to School Carnival

It's back to school time and while most Baltimore students will be heading home after a long day of school work, the underprivileged students of The SEED School of Maryland will be celebrating the 2009-2010 school year celebrity and carnival style on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Mark Clayton along with The SEED Foundation will be hosting this free back to school carnival for the 160 enrolled students at their campus location at 200 Font Hill Ave, Baltimore, MD 21227 from 4:00 – 8:30pm.

The SEED students, who have already received a backpack filled with school supplies, will be treated to a plethora of games, food, music and special celebrity guest appearances by several of Mark's teammates and friends.

"We feel very strongly about giving back to a community that has been tremendously affected by circumstances beyond its control and are honored to play a part in this rebuilding process," said Mark Clayton, wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. "Partnering with The SEED Foundation gives us an opportunity to put smiles on the faces of these children, and let them know that we are with them. We are dedicated to having a positive presence in the community, and can only hope that our work speaks for itself."

"We are very excited to be working with Mark and his foundation and exposing our students to various opportunities such as this. The event means a lot to the students. On behalf of the students and staff, I would like to say 'Thank you!'" said Anna Williams, Director of Student Life.

"I give a personal thanks to The Mark Clayton Foundation and MarQuetta Clayton, for taking time out to recognize The SEED School and implementing their mission to empower young minds to academic excellence" said Moses Washington, Student Life Counselor.

We invite you to come cover this great event for a great cause. Interviews and photo opportunities will be available throughout the course of the event.

About The SEED Foundation

Founded in 1997, The SEED Foundation is a national nonprofit that partners with urban communities to provide educational opportunities that prepare underserved students for success in college and beyond. The SEED Foundation developed the SEED boarding school model and opened its first school, The SEED School of Washington, D.C., in 1998. The SEED Foundation opened its second school in Maryland in August 2008. SEED's innovative model integrates a rigorous academic program with a nurturing boarding program. 98 percent of SEED graduates have been accepted to college and 90 percent have immediately enrolled in college. For more information, please visit www.seedfoundation.com.

About The Mark Clayton Foundation

The Mark Clayton Foundation is dedicated to serving its community as it aims to fulfill its mission: We strive to protect the future and to instill a quality and God fearing way of life in our youth today. We will execute our mission by PROMOTING a road of positive choices and RELATING the importance of establishing goals to our youth while EMPOWERING their minds to be successful. For more information, please visit www.catchclayton89.com.

About Mark Clayton

Clayton began his NFL career with the Ravens in 2005 following an extremely successful career at the University of Oklahoma. His NFL career includes 200 receptions, 2,636 yards, 10 touchdown catches, and 8-100-yard games – the most in Ravens' history.

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