BCPS invites community to get involved in back-to-school time
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:50
 by Nicole Rodman

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” Andy Williams sings as the ecstatic dad flings school supplies into a cart, his kids trodding morosely behind.
    Whether — as the classic Staples commercial suggests — you eagerly anticipate the start of school or wish for a few more weeks of summer, the first day of school is just around the corner.
    In preparation, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has launched the “Back to School Involves You, Too” campaign.
    The aim of the initiative is to get all community members involved and invested in county schools.
    “While the majority of county households do not have students in our schools, our schools benefit the entire community by developing future workers, citizens and innovators, raising property values and maintaining recreational spaces,” Dr. S. Dallas Dance, BCPS superintendent, explained.
    “We consider all county residents, businesses and institutions to be important members of Team BCPS and invite their engagement in improving education.”
As part of the campaign, BCPS has outlined a number of ways in which community members can get involved. A full list is available online at www.bcps.org/teamBCPS/btsiyt.
    Online, community members can download the BCPS Now app for Android or iPhone.
    The app includes information on school closings, news and upcoming events.
    Visitors to the site can also sign up to download the BCPS e-newsletter, volunteer at a local school or contribute to the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools.
    County businesses are also invited to get involved by partnering with BCPS.
    Partnerships could include speaking at school career days, offering student internships or judging science fairs, among other options.
    The site also includes information for parents and guardians, including a link to Parent University — the school system’s new parent education initiative.
    Visitors to the site can also watch public service announcements, print out fliers and more.
    For more information, visit www.bcps.org/teamBCPS/btsiyt.