For more information, contact: Bob Mosier, Public Information Officer, 410-222-5312

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of School & Family Partnerships is partnering with Abundant Life Church to host the free Back-to-School Expo, providing parents and students with important information as they prepare to return to school later this month. The expo will be part of the church’s annual Super Saturday Kids Carnival, a free community event on August 24, 2013, that will include a mega sports obstacle course, water slide, balloon twister, more than 25 game booths, a food court, and much more.

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., AACPS employees will be distributing school supplies, sharing information, and answering questions at Abundant Life Church, located at 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie. Local school principals; school system personnel including representatives of the Title I office; and community agency representatives from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Anne Arundel County Reading Council, Centro de Ayuda, and others will be on hand to connect with students and parents.

Supplies will include information provided by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) about Common Core, the new state standards for reading and math.  Bilingual interpreters will be available to assist Spanish- and Korean-speaking families.

“This event has become an annual kickoff for the school year, bringing excitement and relief to many families getting ready for school,” said Teresa Tudor, AACPS’ Senior Manager of School and Family Partnerships.  “We are always grateful to the many businesses and agencies that continue to not only help with this event, but have enabled it to grow.  Every year we are able to affect more families because of their generosity.”