Bigger. Better. Back to School Festival! Join us on Saturday, Aug. 26, outside Boscov’s White Marsh

What: Join Baltimore County Public Schools at a free outdoor festival to celebrate the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Come to see our exciting Mobile Innovation Lab. “Get Your Head in the Game” by making a creative paper hat sculpture. Climb up on a working fire engine. Get up close and personal with an antique fire engine – a 1949 Mack Engine. Learn more about supporting student success on the BCPS Parentmobile. See how good you are with hula hoops and jump ropes. Make cool paper rockets. Buy a delicious lunch from Flat Chance, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies, or Pablo’s Toc O’s food trucks. Find a great book to read on the county library’s Bookmobile. Discover BCPS and community programs and services. Mingle with Doc the Tiger from Towson University. And 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.

When: Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Boscov’s at White Marsh Mall
Lower parking lot
8200 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236

Background: Festival vendors are:

From the community
Baltimore County Public Library, Bookmobile and White Marsh Branch 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Community College of Baltimore County
The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools
Fire Museum of Maryland
Hot Spots Extended Day Care
Maryland 529 (college savings plans)
New York Life Insurance Company

Patient First
RSVP (senior volunteers, Baltimore County Dept. of Aging)
Baltimore County Public Library Bookmobile
White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company

Food trucks
Flat Chance 
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies and Coffee
Pablo’s Toc O’s

Career and Technology Education
College and Career Readiness
English for Speakers of Other Languages
English Language Arts
Food and Nutrition Services
Human Resources
Magnet Programs
Mobile Innovation Lab 
Physical Education
School Counseling
Pupil Personnel Services
Visual Arts

Back to School Involves You, Too! Calendar

Now – Aug. 26 – Special School Supply Drive at Boscov’s White Marsh
Boscov’s of White Marsh Mall, a longtime partner of BCPS, began its school supply drive early – at the beginning of July – and will continue it through Saturday, Aug. 26. In addition to collecting school supplies, the store is accepting donations of new socks and underwear for students who are experiencing homelessness.

On sale now – Tickets for BCPS Day at the Yard (Aug. 20)
Tickets are on sale now for BCPS Day at the Yard, Sunday, Aug. 20, at 1:35 p.m. The Orioles will play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the event will feature the Milford Mill Academy Color Guard presenting the flag, the Owings Mills High School Choir singing the National Anthem, and four members of the choir performing “God Bless America.” After the game, children ages 4 -14 can participate in Kids Run the Bases. Five dollars from every ticket sold will benefit The Education Foundation of BCPS. Tickets ($15 - $50) must be purchased online. For any questions or accessible seating, please call 888.848.BIRD (2473) and ask for the Ticket Services team.

On sale now - Team BCPS is Omazing shirts
If you want a shirt to wear to BCPS Day at the Yard -- or anywhere else – order a Team BCPS is Omazing shirt online. Prices range from $10 - $30, and shirt sales help benefit The Education Foundation of BCPS.

Aug. 20 – BCPS Day at the Yard
(see above for ticket information)

Aug. 26 – Back to School at Boscov’s
Boscov’s at White Marsh Mall will host a back to school festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on its back parking lot. The event will feature the BCPS Parentmobile, the library’s bookmobile, the Mobile Innovation Lab, a fire truck, student entertainers, food trucks, hands-on activities, prize drawings, and information tables for area services/institutions (including the White Marsh Branch of Baltimore County Public Library), and mall businesses. Meet representatives and learn more about BCPS athletics, college and career readiness, mentoring, early childhood education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, food and nutrition services, and science programs.

Aug. 29 -- Kevin Liles Foundation’s 6th Annual Back to School Event
Each year, the Kevin Liles Foundation for a Better Baltimore (established by a BCPS graduate) hosts backpack and school supply giveaways to celebrate the start of school. (Children must be present to receive giveaways, and supplies are limited.) This year, the event will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. at:

  • Randallstown Community Center
    3505 Resource Dr., 21133
  • Banneker Community Center (in Catonsville)
    27 Main Ave., 21228
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
    323 Sollers Point Rd., 21222

Aug. 30 – Early Entry Day for students entering Grades 6 and 9
BCPS will host a half-day “Early Entry Day" for students entering Grades 6 and 9 for the 2017–2018 school year. Students will visit their lockers, tour the school, and meet teachers and school counselors. Transportation will be provided for those students who will take buses to middle and high school. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Sept. 5  – The first day of school for students!

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