City children will be given backpacks filled with school supplies at the mayor's annual back-to-school rally scheduled for today at school system headquarters on North Avenue.
The backpacks will be handed out during a rally from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., during which parents will receive information about the school year that starts Monday. Students also will be able to get free haircuts.
"I believe that this effort will help give our children the right tools to start the school year off right," Mayor Sheila Dixon said in a statement. "It is our responsibility to send every young person to school ready to learn."
The free backpacks will contain items such as notebook paper, pencils, pens, glue and rulers. Between 4,000 and 6,000 youngsters are expected to attend.
The gifts are funded through a $20,000 Community Service Block Grant.
Information: www.baltimore city.gov. The system's headquarters are at 200 E. North Ave.