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PMJ Foundation Back to School Drive



Dear Parents and Friends,

We would like to announce some exciting news. During the month of August, The Young School has partnered with ABC Channel 2 and the Preston Mitchum, Jr. Foundation for the “Pack the Backpack School Supply Drive”. www.pmjfoundation.org

The Young School has made community service projects a foundation of our program and have partnered with various organizations in our communities. Over the past 10 years, this program has provided disadvantaged and underserved children in the Baltimore area with school supplies and backpacks. As educators, we feel that it is very important for all children to be prepared for school in order to work to the best of their ability, and recognize that this begins with the right academic tools. Organizing community service projects is an important piece to our curriculum, as it provides us with the opportunity to teach children about giving and to inspire acts of kindness and positive change at a very early age. We are able to come together as children, families, teachers, and administrators to provide time, effort, and materials to those in our communities who need the extra help. For those in our program, we are also able to help instill a sense of place and belonging within the community. Our philosophy supports a life-long love of learning, and giving back to the community creates the foundation for our children to grow individually, as well as see oneself as part of a larger population.

In order to support this much needed cause, we have set up collection boxes in each lobby at all Young School locations. Attached is a suggested list of school supplies that are needed. We are asking that you please help us with this campaign by donating as many items as you can. The campaign begins today and ends on August 22nd. Please help us with promoting this drive by spreading the word to neighbors, friends, and co-workers. Last year, 1,800 backpacks filled with school supplies were provided to children in need through this Foundation. Please help by donating a backpack filled with a few supplies.

Throughout the month of August you will see this campaign promoted by ABC Channel 2. You may view an overview of this campaign at the ABC2 website: abc2news.com/schoolsupplies

We're also including the initial media schedule so that you and your family may watch ABC Channel 2 (WMAR) and The Young School speak about this campaign during the evening news.

• Media Campaign starts Thursday August 1st • Back to School piece will air August 1, 8, and 15 during the 5pm newscast (Produced by Preston Mitchum).
• First distribution to 75 children will be August 9th at 3:00pm at the Middle River Boys and Girls Club. Event covered by ABC2 WMAR during the 5-6pm newscast.
August 11th, The Young School is featured on Maryland Spotlight on ABC Channel 2 at 6:50pm. Brenda Coggins, Director of Education for The Young School will be the guest speaker.
• ABC ON-THE-GO live interview coverage will be either August 14th or 15th. This will take place currently at The Young School in Westminster. As this gets firmed up, we will notify every one of the date and time.
• Campaign ends on Thursday August 22nd. Back to school giveaway event at Lansdowne Elementary School on Friday August 23 at 2:30pm. Event covered by WMAR for highlights during 5-6pm newscast.

Suggested list of new school supplies to donate:
Filler paper
Composition books
Lunch boxes

Click here for more information.

Thank you for helping us support this much needed cause. Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like to help support this cause with a monetary gift. We all look forward in providing these children with the academic tools they so desperately need.
Thank you again,

The Young School


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