Prepare for Success
Annual School Supply and Monetary Donation Drive for all Howard County Students

The 2020-2021 school year was a challenge for everyone, including students and parents. While we are approaching a new normal in Howard County, the impact of the pandemic will not quickly disappear for many families.  That is why the students are counting on you again this year. 
Do you remember the excitement and tension of the first day of the school year? If you were fortunate, you had a new school outfit and brand-new school supplies. Now overlay a Covid-19 pandemic that has changed so much for the educational lives of HCPSS students while exacerbating the pre-existing disparities and digital divides.
Prepare for Success, in formal partnership with the Howard County Public School System and the Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC), is now in its 21st year. PFS is literally facing its biggest challenge ever in terms of the number of students to be served.  Last year, your donation helped serve a record 3,700+ students.  This contrasts to 13,400 students - 22.5% of all HCPSS - who received federal funded school meals and rely on support services like ours.
The pandemic is receding in Howard County, but it is still making an impact for many. Its emotional and economic scars on families and students may linger for years. This year, more than ever, we all want students to return to the classroom Prepared for Success.

Oakland Mills residents and friends of Oakland Mills have contributed annually to PFS with community donations surpassing many other communities. Please continue to give generously by donating items and/or with monetary support. A donation box is located at the Other Barn and we are accepting donations on Tues. and Thurs. between 10 and 3.
Please refer to this LIST for items to donate.
We gladly accept monetary donations.  If you are in the position, please consider helping a few more students. As always, 100% of your contribution will go to the bulk purchase of school supplies. The options for donating are: 
Donate Online through CAC.  CLICK HERE  to be taken to the Community Action Council donor form. Please select us under "Donor Restriction"
Send a check payable to Community Action Council / PFS to:
Community Action Council, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive,               
Columbia, MD 21046 
The students need and welcome your continued support.
Roy and Susan Appletree, Co-Coordinators         

Many thanks in advance to OM cOMmunity. Let's continue to help every single student in OM and throughout the county be prepared for a successful year!
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