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United Way brings fun, school supplies to local students

Last week, the United Way of Central Maryland hosted a back-to-school event for students at Norwood Elementary School, among other locations across the region.

With donations of 2,000 backpacks from Under Armour and another 500 donated through supply drives, volunteers filled more than 1,200 backpacks with school supplies and gave them to young students Norwood and elsewhere. An additional 1300 backpacks have already been distributed to area nonprofits and other schools.

Supplies were given to students through United Way’s virtual back-to-school supplies drive, which also generated 500 backpacks, as well as multiple drives held at local businesses. Before the distribution events began, United Way drove a colorful Back-to-School shuttle around the city to pick up supplies from organizations participating in the drive, including Under Armour, Miles & Stockbridge, T. Rowe Price and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“Fighting for student success in every community throughout our region is an important part of our work,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “Academic success is often predicated by the first few weeks of school. This is why we are in every county in central Maryland today, ensuring that our students are given the opportunity to get off to a strong start this school year.”

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