Community supports back-to-school with BCPS
What happens when you gather individuals and organizations together to support children? We at The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools experienced this firsthand by engaging with the amazing outpouring of community partnerships toward Back to School Involves You, Too!
Back to School Involves You, Too! is a campaign, built through a collaboration of individuals from businesses, organizations, and community members, orchestrated through TEAM BCPS and sponsored by The Education Foundation of BCPS, to launch Baltimore County Public Schools teachers and students toward a successful new 2018-2019 school year.
The campaign is comprised of three initiatives; BCPSfest, Tools for School! and BCPS Night at the Yard.
Tools for School! is a school supply drive which began July 2 and extended through August 25. This year it was supported by over 300 Education Champions including retirees, elected officials, neighborhood friends, organizations, churches and businesses who volunteer their time, talent and treasure to bring much needed schools supplies to the classroom. Over 850 BCPS teachers registered for this event which took place on August 25th at Boscov’s White Marsh Mall. Over 50 pallets of schools supplies were received, sorted, stocked, inventoried and distributed by over 155 volunteers from the community fulfilling 942 volunteer service hours. Teachers collected the supplies to provide to students in need, enabling them to be prepared for their first day of school.
BCPSfest is a free outdoor festival to celebrate the return to school. The festival took place at the Boscov’s White Marsh Mall lot, filled with nearly 40 different exhibits. It allowed families to experience the fun and excitement associated with an antique fire engine, a story time booth, the BCPS Parentmobile, jump rope games, the benefits of dental care, the BCPL Bookmobile, musical performances, BCPS student support programs, and interactive fun activities and games.