The Howard County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano asked his Twitter followers to retweet this information…so I thought I would take it to the next step and give a mention on the blog about this program.

Here is information about the program from the HCPSS website:

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has partnered with Prepare for Success to provide school supplies to HCPSS students in need. Prepare for Success (PFS) is a school supply drive created to ensure that Howard County students head back to school with the tools they need to succeed. Supplies may be dropped off through August 18.
More than 12,000 children in Howard County qualify for free and reduced lunch—an indicator of poverty. The cost of basic school supplies can present a financial burden to many families in the community. The Prepare for Success school supply drive helps families eliminate that cost and move one step closer to eliminating the achievement gap. Last year, the program served 2,300 Howard County students, about one-quarter of the students with a potential need.
PFS was launched in 2002 and grew into a countywide partnership to serve as many Howard County students in need as possible.
View flyer with drop-off locations and a list of needed supplies
A complete list of school supplies and drop-off locations, located throughout Howard County, is also available at Tax-exempt donations may also be made on the website.

Here is the flyer mentioned above:

This is a great program and a wonderful opportunity to help the school children in Howard County.
Scott E


  1. Scott, Thanks for reposting. You aren’t aware but this has been a labor of love for Sue and I for the past 10 years. Most folks have no idea that in this very wealthy county over 20% of our students are in need of this type of support. Thanks again. Roy


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