AFT-Maryland staff joined with the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) for their annual back to school event. This year, the event was done in conjunction with Church of the Holy Trinity and the West Baltimore Community. There were a number of activities for young and old alike. Children at every grade level received backpacks stuffed with school supplies and other items students would need for the upcoming school year.
In addition to the goods students received, there were free haircuts and nail painting done on site. There was a face painting activity as well as a games center. The DJ provided fun and up-tempo music for the entire affair and those in attendance had a great time. The event brought out a number of officials from across the city including Baltimore city councilman John Bullock, and Del. Antonio Hayes. In addition to the politicians, there were representatives from a number of city and community agencies including the State’s Attorney’s office, James Mosher Little League, Enoch Pratt Library, and Baltimore Fire and Police.
This effort was spearheaded by BTU’s outreach committee. Community service and outreach is important to BTU just as it is across the entire state federation. The members of the unions of AFT-Maryland serve their communities both in their daily work and in a number of volunteer efforts across the state of Maryland.