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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.
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NEWS
August 15, 2013
• Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services , 311 Laurel Ave., 301-776-0442. Items needed: Backpacks, lunch boxes, pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, composition books, 3-ring binders, loose leaf paper, scissors, glue, colored pencils, crayons and markers; all age groups, especially middle and high school. Donations accepted through Sept. 15. • Liberty Tax, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 30, 8851 Gorman Road, 301-483-8626. Items needed: School supplies for students at Laurel Woods, Bollman Bridge, Maryland City and Brock Bridge elementary schools.
NEWS
August 15, 2013
By most accounts, Maryland Tax-Free Week has been a good way for shoppers to get a limited break from Maryland's 6 percent sales tax. Timed to coincide with back-to-school shopping in August, shoppers don't have to pay state sales tax when buying most apparel and footwear items under $100. It's a well-timed break for parents and an added boost for retailers. This year's tax-free week ends Saturday. And while any break from the state's regressive sales tax is a welcome relief, limiting the tax holiday to just clothing is too narrow, especially if the goal is to help parents financially as their children return to school.
NEWS
August 15, 2013
• Back to School Summer Jam, with free school supplies, live bands and a disc jockey, Aug. 24, 3 to 6 p.m. Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St. Sponsored by city of Laurel, Laurel Board of Trade, 98.6 Sounds and Winning in Sports and Education. Nylon school bags with school supplies will be given to students who are city residents on a first-come, first served basis; students must present school ID or report card. Contact City Council President Fred Smalls, 301-830-0225, fsmalls@laurel.md.us . • Back 2 School backpack and school supplies giveaway, Aug. 25, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services, Lighthouse Church, 1102 Montgomery St. Contact the Rev. Chris McMillan, 301-490-0100, info@lifehousechurch.tv . • Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, 311 Laurel Ave. Must live within ZIP codes 20707, 20708, 20723 and 20724.
EXPLORE
July 24, 2013
The Greater Excellence in Education Foundation will be holding its "Stuff the Bus" campaign through Aug. 9. The campaign is to collect donated school supplies throughout the county for GEEF's Tools for Schools Resource Center, which allows schools and teachers to get free school supplies to give to students in need. Organizers have found that having schools identify the children in need is a better alternative than giving bags of school supplies during events in the community.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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