Groups hosting backpack, school supply giveaways
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@ gmail.com.
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.gotrsomd.org/Program-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. neighborhoodassist.com/ 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.