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Lorraine Mirabella | July 24, 2013
Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period. The National Retail Federation expects families with school-age children to spend an average of $635 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, down from $689 last year, or $26.7 billion total.    Meanwhile, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs place the average estimate per household much lower, at $285, and said a third of the shoppers polled in a recent survey have started shopping already.
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TRAVEL
By Ann Hillers, For The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
In June 2009, my husband Sam and I slammed down the hatchback of our Honda CRV, the interior bulging with containers of Legos and books, school supplies and board games, and a box of shoes, a tin of Old Bay in the glove compartment. On the roof was a plastic carrier with as much clothing as we could stuff into it: the necessities of five soon-to-be expatriates. Everything else was in the basement of our Lutherville home, with a new family moving in at the end of the month. Our mission: to give our three children a taste of life in a foreign country, where the language, food, and culture would be vastly different from suburban Baltimore.
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin,
For The Baltimore Sun and By Karen Nitkin,
For The Baltimore Sun
| August 26, 2013
As the school year approaches, Colleen Geisen, who lives in the Baltimore community of Mount Washington, believes her three children are ready. Ellis, who is starting kindergarten, is already familiar with the school building because of his older siblings. Tatum, who is starting third grade, is comfortable with the routine of elementary school. But Xaviera is going into middle school, and that's uncharted territory for the family. “What I'm worried about is, is she ready for the course load?
FEATURES
By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
Long before he became a Grammy-winning songwriter and hip-hop music mogul, before he reached millionaire status and before he began to hobnob with the likes of Oprah, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, Kevin Liles was a kid growing up in a West Baltimore rowhouse. "My parents were teenagers. My [biological] father left when I was 2," said Liles, 45, who lived in his grandparent's rowhouse on Presstman Street before the family moved to Baltimore County. "But no matter where you are in life, God can give you the foundation for something greater.
EXPLORE
July 5, 2011
WESTMINSTER — The past school year may have just ended, but the nonprofit Shepherd's Staff in Westminster is already collecting for its back-to-school outreach program, and is seeking donations of school essentials for Carroll County students in need. School supplies, new backpacks, monetary donations to purchase new shoes, new and nearly new school clothing and new or used books are being accepted through Aug. 15. Donations can be dropped off at The Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.
NEWS
By DAVID P. GREISMAN and DAVID P. GREISMAN,SUN REPORTER | August 20, 2006
As Hailey and Chelsey Alder ran out the back door of the Shepherd's Staff center in Westminster, they carried new backpacks filled with school supplies. Alongside their mother, Jaymi Bryant, 23, of Union Bridge, the girls entered a large shed and searched through hundreds of pieces of clothing for the four outfits each child could take home for free. Hailey, who is almost 6, and Chelsey, 5, are getting ready to start first grade and kindergarten, respectively, at Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary in Union Bridge.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Several Cherry Hill residents opened their doors Monday evening to a man in a gray pinstriped suit, flanked by aides and cameras on their front stoops. "Hi, I'm Greg Thornton," the new city schools superintendent said each time, extending his hand. Thornton and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake walked the neighborhood, introducing themselves and handing out fliers promoting a Thursday night education forum at Friendship Academy. Thornton, 59, hired in February from his job as superintendent of Milwaukee's public schools, said he was excited "to knock on some doors and meet some folks.
SPORTS
Baltimore Sun staff | March 26, 2013
Former Maryland standout Moise Fokou was back in College Park today for a charity cooking event. Fokou, now a Tennessee Titans linebacker, was joined by Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson and local chefs at Comcast Center's Heritage Hall for a cooking demonstration that taught kids how to prepare healthy food. Fokou created the Root 53 Foundation last summer to help underprivileged youth by donating school supplies, holding events that promote education, football camps and more.
NEWS
August 21, 2005
ISSUE: The days shorten, the locusts' buzzing reaches a crescendo, and youngsters master the art of sleeping later and later - all indications that the start of the school year is near. The school year opens in Harford County in two weeks, on Aug. 29. One vivid illustration that school is right around the corner can be found in the school supplies aisle of most local discount stores. It's the time of summer when many parents and their children clog the lanes, trying to beat the rush (too late!
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1996
Four fifth-graders at Atholton Elementary School this week donated more than $225 and a truckload of school supplies, clothing and canned food to Grassroots Inc., a nonprofit social service agency in Howard County.The students -- Christina Naude, Jennifer Perkins, Rachel Nicholson and Avram Gottschlich -- raised the money and collected the donations as part of a yearlong project to help the homeless, said AlainaBeth Haerbig, one of the school's gifted-and-talented teachers.The money and other goods were given to Grassroots on Monday night during Atholton's enrichment fair.
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