BCPS Social Workers Promote Literacy Drive for Students in Homeless Shelters


In December, the BCPS social workers received book donations from the community for a holiday book drive.  Over 20 boxes of books for children and adults were wrapped and delivered to five shelters for the homeless in Baltimore County. These shelters included the Family Crisis Center (Dundalk), INNterim (Pikesville), Hannah Moore Shelter (Reisterstown), Nehemiah House, and the Eastern Family Resource Center in Baltimore County.

Donated books included various reading levels from preschool to high school for all students as well as several books in Spanish for Spanish speaking students. “Books offer hope and bring joy to children”, stated Victoria Cofield-Aber, Supervisor. The focus of the drive was to promote literacy for students that may be homeless by offering free books during the holiday season. Several Social Work College Interns from local Baltimore Universities helped to coordinate donations, wrapping and delivery to the students and families.

Social Workers provide many services for students and families of Baltimore County Public Schools such as resource referrals to various county agencies that help to provide support to families in need. School social workers facilitate student groups in the classroom to help support student social and academic progress. Many social skills curriculums used with students are evidence-based programs that have proven results to increase social skills and help student adaptation to the school setting.


Photos and article submitted by Paula Davis, Social Worker
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