Inside The Shepherd's Staff office on Carroll Street in Westminster, Ronda Robinson can barely squeeze into some rooms since backpacks waiting to be filled with school supplies are piled chest-high along the hallways.
Consumers are expected to spend slightly more on back-to-school purchases this year than last year, driven partly by growing demand for electronics and a need to restock supplies, according to the National Retail Federation.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and new schools CEO Gregory Thornton will kick off a listening tour around the city on Monday, as part of a back-to-school campaign scheduled throughout the month that will include hearing out parent concerns and expectations for the upcoming school year.
Anne Arundel County Schools, in partnership with Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, has a "Back To School Program" matching donors, which include businesses, individuals and other groups, to children from low-income families in local elementary schools by providing needed school supplies and backpacks. Stacy Korbelak was elected president of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County and Patricia Nalley as vice-president for the 2014-2015 school year at the July 1 meeting.
Suicide. It's a hard word to hear, even harder to say. But it needs to be talked about. That was the focus of the Suicide Awareness and Prevention forum held last week at Laurel High School: that to begin raising awareness in the hopes of reducing this tragedy, we must first lose the fear of talking about suicide and drop our reluctance to discuss it, publicly or in private conversations. Fear and reluctance only feed the myths and misperceptions about suicide and perpetuate the stigma
Column provides information on Back-to-School nights for Maryland City/Fort Meade area schools; PTA activities, including Brock Bridge Elementary PTA's Spirit Night and Meade Middle School's urgent need for a volunteer treasurer; and activities provided by the Laurel Senior Friendship Club.
Reservoir High School PTSA is hosting the Gator Academy, a free tutoring program for RHS students, on any subject throughout the school year. The first sessions are Sept. 15 and 29. They will be held at the North Laurel Community Center, 2 to 4 p.m.
Long before Kevin Liles became a Grammy-winning songwriter and hip-hop music mogul, well before he reached millionaire status, and began to hobnob with Oprah, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, he grew up humbly in West Baltimore.