County’s back to school program seeks additional donors

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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backtoschoolAnne Arundel County residents have a unique opportunity this summer to help a family in financial need by signing up to donate to the Back to School Program.

“The Back to School program ensures more than 4,500 young children show up the first day of school with the backpacks, supplies and tools they need succeed,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “We greatly appreciate those residents, businesses, churches and providers who are helping ensure all students come to school ready to learn.”

The Back to School Program is a partnership between The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services’ and Anne Arundel County Public Schools that matches volunteer donors from the community with elementary school children in need of school supplies. Matched donors will receive the child’s name, grade, school and a list of needed school supplies. The average cost for one child is $50 – $75, depending upon grade level.

“The Back to School program is a meaningful volunteer opportunity that helps strengthen communities because our donors are directly matched with and assist neighbors in need,” said Carnitra White, director of the Department of Social Services. “We’re proud to partner with County Executive Schuh, Superintendent Arlotto and our many donors to make sure all children start the year with a smile and the supplies they need.”

Donors can register for the program online at http://www.aacounty.org, or call 410-269-4462. Monetary donations are also accepted and are used to purchase additional school supplies and backpacks for eligible middle school students.

The Back to School program is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services and the Anne Arundel County Public School System. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the program. More than 72,000 eligible children have received assistance since the program began.

Thanks to the generosity of the Anne Arundel County residents, businesses and faith-based communities, so far the program has matched donors with more than 3,500 public elementary school children living in families with limited means. Each student will receive new backpacks stuffed with school supplies this fall.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute backpacks in August. For more information about the Back to School program, to signup to volunteer or to download a brochure, visit our website at www.aacounty.org, or call 410-269-4462.

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