Remington Neighborhood Holds Back to School Celebration

Free event features information, lunch, and give-aways to get students off to the right start for school.
Youth in the Baltimore City neighborhood of Remington are already getting excited about returning to school next week--thanks to the Fifth Annual Remington Back to School Celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This free event is aimed at school age youth to motivate them to succeed in the upcoming school year by providing health, community and school related information in a fun street fair setting. The Back to School Celebration also prepares Remington youth for the school year by donating backpacks filled with necessary school supplies to any school age youth who resides in the neighborhood. Over one hundred backpacks were distributed last year with the generous support of donations. The event, which will take place on the 300 block of W. 27th Street, between Huntingdon Avenue and Remington Avenue, outside of the Church of the Guardian Angel, will kick off at 11 a.m. with a street and health fair providing important information for parents and students. Exhibits include local public and private schools, Johns Hopkins University health services and screenings, Baltimore City Fire Department and more. Youth who participated in the Maryland Institute College of Art summer camp will display their artwork. All attendants will receive a free lunch at noon, followed by the distribution of backpacks, school supplies and vouchers for school uniforms at 1 p.m. Recipients of backpacks and school uniform vouchers must bring proof of residency in Remington.

Organizers of the Remington Back to School Celebration include the Church of the Guardian Angel, the Tri-Parish Coordinating Committee, Church of the Redeemer, St. Andrew's of Glenwood, Epiphany Church, Episcopal Housing Corporation and Greater Homewood Community Corporation. Sponsorship provided by Deutsche Bank.

Volunteers are needed to help organize school supplies and with logistics on the day of the event. Donations of school supplies are welcome. For more information, contact Emily Ellickson-Brown, program coordinator for the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, at (410) 261-3511.

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This story was published on August 23, 2005.