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by Fronda Cohen, Baltimore County Office of Communications

We are all clinging to the last weeks of summer vacation, but it’s time to get down to business and check off the back to school list. Help is on the way from Baltimore County.

Games, Music and Free School Supplies

Fun! Festivals! Friends and family! Start the school year off on a fun and productive foot by enjoying entertainment and gearing up with school supplies at Back to School events hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools and Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore. 

Baltimore County Public Schools Back To School Festival

Join Baltimore County Public Schools at a free outdoor festival to celebrate the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Visit the Mobile Innovation Lab, climb up on a working fire engine and see an antique fire engine. Learn more about supporting student success on the BCPS Parentmobile. See how good you are with hula hoops and jump ropes. Enjoy the psychedelic funk of special musical guest The Groove Machine – a band comprised of seven Grade 10 students at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. This event is sponsored by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. Backpacks filled with school supplies, donated by Patient First, will be awarded as door prizes every 15 minutes.

Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Boscov’s at White Marsh Mall, lower parking lot
8200 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236

Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore 6th Annual Back To School Event

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White co-host  the popular resource fair and backpack giveaway, sponsored by the Kevin Liles For A Better Baltimore Foundation, Inc. “Protecting and Serving Our Communities” is the theme of the day, with educational games, free backpacks and free school supplies for Baltimore County school children of all ages. Children must be present to receive giveaways and supplies are limited, so plan to arrive early.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 3:00-7:00 pm
Randallstown Community Center
3505 Resource Drive Randallstown 21133
Banneker Community Center
27 Main Avenue Catonsville 21228
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
323 Sollers Point Road Dundalk 21222

Immunizations a Must

No shot. No record. No school! Be sure your child’s shots are up-to-date before school starts. Check Maryland State vaccine requirements for students enrolled in school or preschool. Immunizations save lives and prevent serious complications from infections. Getting immunized protects you and those around you, and are required for all Baltimore County students. If your child needs shots, several clinics are scheduled across the County.


August 22        Essex Health Center and Hannah More Health Center

August 25        Dundalk Health Center and Liberty Family Resource Center

September 9     Eastern Family Resource Center and Woodlawn Health Center

September 23   Eastern Family Resource Center and Woodlawn Health Center

Walk-ins August 28-September 28

Walk-ins for school immunizations will be accepted at all seven Baltimore County health centers from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, August 28 to September 28, 2017.

  • Baltimore Highlands-Lansdowne
  • Dundalk Health Center
  • Eastern Family Resource Center
  • Essex Health Center
  • Hannah More Health Center
  • Liberty Family Resource Center
  • Woodlawn Health Center

Do it early. If your child has not received the required immunizations by September 25, he or she will be excluded from school.

Get ready - first day back to school is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  

Three Locations to Feature Giveaways, Information and Activities for Students

School children from around Baltimore County are invited to celebrate the beginning of the new school year at back-to-school events at three locations the afternoon of Tuesday, August 29. The events are co-hosted by the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent, Verletta White.

The events are scheduled on Tuesday, August 29 from 3p.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations:

Banneker Community Center

27 Main Avenue

Catonsville, MD 21228


Randallstown Community Center 3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD 21133


Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center

323 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD 21222

Events will feature:

  • free backpacks with school supplies (Children must be present to receive giveaways, which are available while supplies last.)
  • health information
  • Police officers, fire personnel, fire engines, police cars, K-9 dogs, McGruff the crime dog, CPR demonstrations
  • resources from non-profit and community organizations

“For six years we have been able to help students in Baltimore County, thanks to the commitment of Kevin Liles and his foundation,” County Executive Kamenetz said. “Our back-to-school events give students and families an opportunity to get engaged in the community and start the school year off on a positive note.”

“Growing up in Baltimore has given me a special connection to our communities and a desire to help grow and support our children and families here. I am humbled to know that my achievements serve as a platform that inspires kids to accomplish their goals and take advantage of educational opportunities,” said Kevin Liles, CEO and Founder of 300 Entertainment and of KWL Enterprises. 

“The start of a brand new school year is an exciting time for students, parents, educators, and the entire Team BCPS community,” said Interim Superintendent White. “Partnering with County Executive Kamenetz and the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation allows us to help our students arrive at school next week equipped with the items they will need to help launch a successful and productive school year.”

About Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation:

The mission of the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation is to improve the quality of life for youth in the Greater Baltimore area. The foundation provides young people with exposure to social, educational, economic, cultural and civic opportunities that they may not otherwise experience.

Says Libraries are an Important Key to Student Success

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz congratulated Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) for being named the 2017 National School Library Program of the Year by the American Association of School Librarians. The award was presented this weekend to BCPS as a school system that exemplifies the effective use and promotion of their library resources to staff and students.

“This is further evidence of the great job our schools are doing in preparing students for college and career success by teaching them how to do good research and harness the wealth of library materials and knowledge at their disposal,” Kamenetz said. “I thank and congratulate our school library professionals for helping to make learning exciting and for fostering a thirst for knowledge that really helps engage students.”

“The public education system’s ability to promote learning is important in creating future leaders and entrepreneurs,” said County Council Chair Tom Quirk. “This award shows that BCPS takes these ideals seriously and is doing an outstanding job at creating better learners.”

Revised September 26, 2016