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BACK-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM COORDINATED BY AACPS, SOCIAL SERVICES IN NEED OF DONATIONS

The annual Back-to-School Program coordinated by Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services has received thousands of donations for needy students this year, but the program still needs donations for more than 500 students for the upcoming school year.

The program, now in its 25th year, annually matches donors with local elementary schools to help provide back-to-school supplies to students who need them. Donors purchase backpacks stocked with all the required materials, and then deliver the backpacks to the students’ respective schools.

Matched donors will receive the child(ren)’s name, grade, school and a list of needed school supplies. The average cost for one child is $50 to $75, depending upon grade level. Donors can register for the program online at http://www.aacounty.org/DSS/BSP.cfm.

Monetary donations, which are used to purchase additional supplies, are also accepted.

For more information on the program or to donate, call (410) 269-4462 or send e-mail to tanya.steele@maryland.gov.