Com­mu­nity sup­ports back-to-school with BCPS

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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.

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