Groups host­ing back­pack, school sup­ply give­aways

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The Will­ing Helpers So­ci­ety of La Plata, a lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, will be hold­ing its an­nual School Sup­ply Give­away from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at Will­ing Helpers Hall, 1002 Wash­ing­ton Ave., La Plata.

Only stu­dents at­tend­ing the fol­low­ing schools are el­i­gi­ble: Wal­ter J. Mitchell El­e­men­tary School, Mary H. Mat­ula El­e­men­tary School, Mil­ton Somers Mid­dle School and La Plata High School.

At­ten­dees must show proof of res­i­dence, such as a Mary­land driver’s li­cense or Mary­land state-is­sued iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Pres­i­dent Bar­bara Wells at 240-346-7765 or email bar­barawells33@

There will be a Back to School Back­pack Drive held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26, at 1276 Ban­nis­ter Cir­cle, in Wal­dorf. Mar­cus Gor­don said he and sev­eral other lo­cal DJs or­ga­nized the event as a way to give back to the com­mu­nity. One hun­dred back­packs filled with school sup­plies will be given away. In ad­di­tion, there will also be moon bounces, face paint­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties. To reg­is­ter, email fil­l­aback­pack@gmail. com.

Mid­dle­ton re­ceives Hos­pi­tal As­soc. Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award

Sen. Thomas M. “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles) has been awarded the Mary­land Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion’s (MHA) high­est honor: the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award. The award was pre­sented dur­ing MHA’s An­nual Mem­ber­ship Meet­ing June 12-13 at the Four Sea­sons Bal­ti­more.

In his more than two decades in the Mary­land Se­nate, in­clud­ing 15 years as chair­man of the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, Mid­dle­ton has proven to be a tire­less fighter for hos­pi­tals, their em­ploy­ees, and the pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties they serve, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The award states, in part: “In recog­ni­tion of his long legacy of cham­pi­oning causes that im­prove the health of Mary­lan­ders, a mis­sion he shares with hos­pi­tals … His knowl­edge, ex­per­tise, and com­pas­sion make him a re­spected leader on is­sues that af­fect peo­ple: from the Keep the Door Open Act, a crit­i­cal step to­ward ad­dress­ing the state’s be­hav­ioral health cri­sis…to sup­port­ing and pro­tect­ing Mary­land’s unique hos­pi­tal model … Through him, Mary­land’s hos­pi­tals have a voice, be­cause he cares about what hos­pi­tals care about: the peo­ple we all serve.”

“Se­na­tor Mid­dle­ton has demon­strated his deep un­der­stand­ing of what hos­pi­tals mean to their com­mu­ni­ties and has worked for decades to help them thrive,” Carmela Coyle, MHA pres­i­dent and CEO, said in the re­lease. “Not only is Se­na­tor Mid­dle­ton a model of what it means to treat others with re­spect in An­napo­lis, but his ca­pac­ity for help­ing others knows no bounds.”

Girls on the Run reg­is­ter­ing now

Girls on the Run South­ern Mary­land Fall 2017 reg­is­tra­tion is now open.

Sign-up at www.gotr­­gram-Reg­is­tra­tion. Each site can ac­com­mo­date up to 15 girls. Pro­gram sites in Charles County this fall are:

C. Paul Barn­hart El­e­men­tary School: Mon­day & Wed­nes­day 3:45-5 p.m.

Wil­liam B. Wade El­e­men­tary School: Mon­day & Wed­nes­day 3:30-4:45 p.m. Key dates are: Aug. 12-Aug. 31: Lottery reg­is­tra­tion;

Sept. 1: Girls Place­ment Day is when the on­line sys­tem will randomly se­lect girls that signed up for a des­ig­nated lo­ca­tion. Par­ents/guardians will be no­ti­fied of the lottery re­sults via email;

Sept. 1-Sept. 8: Sites with open spots af­ter the lottery will con­tinue reg­is­tra­tion on a first-come-first-served ba­sis;

Nov. 18: Join us at our end of sea­son cel­e­bra­tory 5K. Reg­is­tra­tion opens Sept. 1.

Vote for Life­Styles to win $25K grant

Life­Styles of Mary­land Foun­da­tion Inc. is one of 200 fi­nal­ists in the State Farm Neigh­bor­hood As­sist grant con­test. The pro­gram sup­ports or­ga­ni­za­tions across the na­tion with funds to sup­port causes that will im­pact their com­mu­nity. The top 40 or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­ceive votes will win $25,000.

If placed in the top 40, Life­Styles will use the money to sup­port home­less out­reach ser­vices in­clud­ing travel to home­less camps to as­sist fam­i­lies with show­er­ing, clean clothes, food, laun­dry and other ne­ces­si­ties. The mo­bile unit will be equipped with a shower, clothes, food and other ne­ces­si­ties.

Vot­ing ends Fri­day, Aug. 25. Go to www. neigh­bor­hoodas­ en­try/1997179 to vote for Life­Styles and learn more in­for­ma­tion about State Farm Neigh­bor­hood As­sist.

CCPS launch­ing text mes­sage no­ti­fi­ca­tions

New this school year for Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) par­ents and staff are text mes­sage no­ti­fi­ca­tions. CCPS has a new no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem called School Mes­sen­ger, which is used to send sys­temwide and school emails, phone calls and text mes­sage up­dates.

Text mes­sage re­cip­i­ents must opt-in to re­ceive text alerts. The text alert fea­ture will be avail­able on Oct. 1. Par­ents and staff will re­ceive an opt-in text mes­sage from CCPS on Oct. 1 through the new School Mes­sen­ger no­ti­fi­ca­tion tool. The mes­sage will come from the short code, or short set of num­bers, 67587 to all par­ents and staff mem­bers who have pro­vided CCPS with a cell phone num­ber.

To opt-in, users must text YES or Y to 67587. Text STOP to 67587 at any time to stop re­ceiv­ing text mes­sage alerts from CCPS. Stan­dard text mes­sage rates by cell phone car­ri­ers ap­ply.

Par­ents and guardians who want to opt-in for text mes­sages should list a cell phone num­ber on their child’s emer­gency no­ti­fi­ca­tion card, dis­trib­uted to all stu­dents on the first day of school. Par­ents should pro­vide a work­ing phone num­ber and valid email ad­dress on the emer­gency card in or­der to re­ceive im­por­tant up­dates.

Par­ents who change cell phone num­bers dur­ing the school year should up­date their con­tact in­for­ma­tion with their child’s school. Once the num­ber is up­dated with the school, par­ents should re­ceive a new opt-in mes­sage from 67587. Staff mem­bers who change cell phone num­bers dur­ing the school year should con­tact the CCPS Hu­man Re­sources De­part­ment to up­date their em­ployee in­for­ma­tion on file.

The School Mes­sen­ger no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem uses data from the CCPS stu­dent in­for­ma­tion sys­tem YouVue, also called Syn­ergy. Be­cause School Mes­sen­ger uses data im­ports man­aged by CCPS, the sys­tem can­not send mes­sages to out­side com­mu­nity mem­bers.

At­ten­dance records and ab­sen­tee no­ti­fi­ca­tions for par­ents are gen­er­ated through the YouVue sys­tem. Call the CCPS Com­mu­ni­ca­tions De­part­ment at 301-934-7220 or your child’s school with ques­tions about School Mes­sen­ger no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

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