Kids Feeding Kids offers meals over summer for kids in need, a chance to give back

Kids stood in different spots throughout a church kitchen, preparing food. Some cracked eggs for scrambling, others laid bacon on flat cooking sheets, some unpacked frozen waffles, pancakes and more. They ranged in age from elementary-schoolers to teenagers, coming from different backgrounds. But they all came with the same goal — to help feed kids who need meals in the summer. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Carroll cops help kids 'feel empowered' before school

Amy Green and her son Anthony, of Westminster, spent Tuesday afternoon with city police Chief Jeff Spaulding, who helped Anthony pick out school supplies to place in a “Star Wars” backpack. “Have fun, my friend,” Spaulding said as he helped Anthony adjust the straps of the filled pack, which Anthony will soon carry to his first day of kindergarten. (Carr. Co. Times) 

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August 15 // Teacher supply shortages lead to free storage closet

Melissa Badeker has the 2,000-square-foot warehouse she rents organized in sections: a pile of 3,800 binders, a library of teacher guides and resource books and a giant storage bin stuffed with pencils, 10 to a bundle. All of the donated items are free for the taking, a stockpile to help eliminate the hundreds of dollars many teachers spend out of pocket each year to buy supplies for their students and classrooms. A former Baltimore teacher, Badeker said her journey to create the Teacher Supply Swap started in front of a trash can where she threw away boxes of supplies she saved from her time in the classroom, crying because she knew how much the items would mean if she could get them in the hands of a teacher who needed them. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland school of alternative medicine to offer new naturopathic program

The Maryland University of Integrative Health is establishing a school of naturopathic medicine and plans to admit the first students to the program next year. The school of naturopathic medicine will be the first in the mid-Atlantic region and one of only a handful of schools nationwide that operate within a regionally accredited university, officials with the university of integrative health said. “In establishing our School of Naturopathic Medicine, MUIH is taking a bold step to address some of the most challenging issues in healthcare,” Steven Combs, the university’s president and CEO, said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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ABC2 collecting books for kids in Baltimore

ABC2 News is proud to take part in the Scripps Howard Foundation's "If You Give a Child a Book" campaign. For the month of August, employees at each of the company's television and radio stations are pledging money to buy books for children in need. The books will be distributed to a variety of nonprofit organizations across the country. Last year, Scripps employees raised approximately $143,000 to buy books for children. ABC2's staff collected over 1,000 books and raised nearly $3,000 to buy more books for kids in the Baltimore area. (WMAR)

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Urbana Elementary replacement to follow North Frederick, Sugarloaf design

The Urbana area will have two elementary schools that look eerily similar come 2020. The Urbana Elementary School replacement, scheduled to be completed in 2020, will mirror the design of Sugarloaf Elementary, the board decided last week. The current Urbana Elementary School will be demolished, with the new school set to be built on the same site. Students will be moved to Sugarloaf Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in fall 2018, upon its completion. Both schools follow the prototype design of North Frederick Elementary School, which was renovated in 2014. (News-Post)

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The right stuff: Maryland charity matches special-needs kids with vital gear

It would have taken a belt sander and some coarse grit sandpaper to wipe the smile off 5-year-old Jackson’s face. His mother had settled him down into an oversized stroller and said, “That’s yours now, Jackson.” “I like this,” he said, his toothy grin stretching from ear to ear. Another satisfied customer of Equipment Connections for Children, a charity that loans adaptive equipment to Washington-area kids with physical disabilities. Equipment Connections was founded in 2010 by Claire Wong, a physical therapist who works in Montgomery County for Children’s National Medical Center. During home visits, Claire saw that families often lacked equipment that would be useful not only for therapy but also in simply improving a disabled child’s life: gait trainers, standing frames, bathing seats, strollers, tricycles. (Wash. Post)

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Thief steals $3,000 worth of equipment in BaCo

There’s a thief on the loose in Edgemere. Police say the thief or ‘thieves’ used a tool to pry open the window at a concession stand on Sparrows Point High School’s campus. Once they got inside, the stole food, football equipment and other items worth about $3,000. Baltimore County police say it was no stranger who targeted the concession stand. “Clearly, somebody was familiar with this concession stand and the property itself. So that makes us believe that it’s quite possible that juveniles or students that high school are involved in the crime,” Officer Jennifer Peach said. (WMAR)

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