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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.
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BUSINESS
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.
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?
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.
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.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2013
Inez Taylor of Belair-Edison sat in the midst of the city's bustling back-to-school rally Saturday afternoon, waiting patiently for the backpacks with school supplies to be handed out for free. She wasn't about to miss it. She has five kids, all school-age - and that's a lot of supplies. "Anything that can help me get my kids ready for school, I appreciate it," she said. The event, put on annually by the mayor's office, drew a few thousand people to the War Memorial Plaza beside City Hall.
EXPLORE
August 22, 2011
The city will host its annual Back to School Rally Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m., at the public school system's headquarters, 200 E. North Ave.. An estimated 4,000 students and their parents are expected to attend. Students can receive free immunizations, health screenings and school supplies, meet with city representatives, get information about family services and listen to live music. There will also be free haircuts for boys, treats for girls and giveaways for families. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to attend from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., along with other elected officials and R&B singer Mario, to motivate students.
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 Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
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. The effort will kick off in Cherry Hill, where Rawlings-Blake and Thornton will begin canvassing the neighborhood, knocking on doors and listening to residents. The first education forum will be held at Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School on Thursday, when the mayor and new schools chief will talk about progress and challenges and their plans for the new school year.
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