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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.
July 13, 2013
Regarding your recent editorial, "How to end the killing" (July 9), your last paragraph made me want to vomit. "No doubt, Baltimore needs effective police and prosecutors, ample drug treatment, better schools, and more economic opportunities. " How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for "better schools" is a reason there is so much killing. Had you defined the loosely-used term, "better schools," perhaps I and probably others may not have been so nauseated.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Carol G. Hjortsberg, former head of Grace Episcopal Day School and author of a history of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, died March 27 from complications of diabetes at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She was 69. "Carol was very accomplished and a brilliant intellect. She was completely and totally dedicated to the education of children and children in Episcopal schools," said Elizabeth I. Legenhausen, who retired last year after 25 years as head of St. James Academy in Monkton.
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.
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.
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2012
In her 22 years at Johnston Square Elementary School, Janice Shelford has spent more than $15,000 of her own money at the Dollar Store and Staples for school supplies for her students. But as of Thursday, she and dozens of other teachers will be heading to a new supply store whose impact on their classrooms will be priceless - literally. Johnston Square served as the launch site of the Wish-List Depot, a nonprofit organization that set up a free store where the school's 24 teachers, and eventually 54 others from three neighboring schools, can stock up on classroom supplies at no cost to the schools or the teachers.
August 28, 2012
After reading about the wasteful public school spending in Baltimore City, is it any wonder that people are put off when they hear about increasing taxes for education because we aren't spending enough to educate the young ("City school officials play loose with credit," Aug. 26)? According to the Maryland Department of Education, the state's overall graduation rate is a little over 87 percent, but in Baltimore City it is still only about 71 percent. The state average spending per pupil was $14,224 but in Baltimore it was slightly higher, at $14,312.
By Steve Jones | August 27, 2012
Since opening its doors in 1952, Westowne Elementary School has seen plenty of first days. But while every first day of school is different, the one common theme for students, teachers, and staff at the school on Harlem Lane has been a feeling of excitement. Pat Vogel, who is beginning her 18th year as a teacher/administrator in the Baltimore County school system, felt the enthusiasm again when Westowne opened on Monday. "Parents are excited because it's their time to send their children back to us," said Vogel, Westowne's principal since 2006.
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
Earlier this summer, Dan and Heather Simons started adding up the cost of school supplies for their son, who is entering first grade. Glue stick, binder, crayons, lunch box — plus a backpack to carry everything — could easily run $20 to $30. "As my wife and I reviewed the list, we got into a conversation of how expensive it can be for families that have multiple children and don't have the money to buy" supplies, said Dan Simons, 40. ...
By Liz Atwood and Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
Now that August has arrived, I'm starting to get the kids ready for going back to school. I'm trying to get them to bed earlier. I'm nagging them to finish their summer reading assignments. And I have the 11-year-old practicing his multiplication and division. The kids are whining that I'm being too mean, but they don't know how easy they have it. I read a recent report from the National Retail Federation that says the average 13-to-17-year old will spend $36.48 on pens, papers, lunch boxes, etc. as they get ready for school.
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