July 2019
In This Letter
Donations can be dropped off at The Other Barn, Columbia village association offices, all libraries, CA Gyms and All HoCo Rec Centers.

The Need

In Howard County, one of the most affluent counties in the nation over 13,000 students,  over 20%, receive free and reduced meals because their families can not afford to provide them with nutritious food. 

Prepare for Success hope to donate 2,500 Backpacks with Supplies to Howard County Students at the start of this school year.

Supplies can be donated OR you can make a monetary donation to Prepare for Success.  In turn, Prepare for Success will purchase supplies in bulk.  A
$25 donation will provide school supplies for one student. 

Donate supplies at The Other Barn or make a monetary donation online.

School Supply List


3-hole lined paper


color pencils

marble composition notebooks

pocket folders

plastic pencil boxes

2" 3-ring binder

glue sticks

#2 pencils

1subject spiral notebooks 

Prepare for Success School Supply and Donation Drive is Underway!

Dear Friends,
Help us help our kids. This is our summer ask.  Oakland Mills has been overwhelmingly supportive every time we ask for donations.  Today we are asking for donations of school supplies for the annual "Prepare for Success" school supply donation drive.  Donations can be in form form of actual school supplies or monetary donations that are tax deductible.  Every donation, no matter the size or amount, is greatly appreciated.  Please take a moment to read about the campaign and PLEDGE 
to do your part by making a contribution. 
For the past seven years Oakland Mills has been at the top of the "giving level" for all other communities with both the number of items donated and monetary donations. My ask again this year is for Oakland Mills to be at the top of the "giving level" list. 
Special "School Supply Moments"

Fond Memories of School Supply Shopping!
No matter how you shop, be it online or at a local store, buying school supplies creates special moments for our children and for us. My kids are now grown and though I no longer shop for their school supplies, I do shop for other children and donate items to Prepare for Success.  And guess what.....I still get that special shopping moment
These special moments can not be taken for granted.  
We can't forget that so many children (living in Howard County and specifically in Oakland Mills) will not have these special moments.  They will not have the opportunity to go shopping for the perfect backpack or pens and won't have the big decisions to make regarding the color or design of their folders and pencil holders.

We need to make sure that EVERY child has that special moment for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. 

The following was written by a HCPSS Pupil Personnel Worker: " Learning is challenging under the best of circumstances. 
By providing children the supplies their families cannot afford, you remove the disadvantage of their not having what they need to learn and of not fitting in with their classmates. You remove their anxiety of being a burden to their family. You help them prepare to succeed - in school and in life."    
A school supply bin is located at The Other Barn.  Let's fill the bin with wonderful supplies.
Supplies can be dropped of during Oakland Mills office hours - Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Hope to see you out and about and thank you so much for donating to Prepare for Success ! 

Sandy Cederbaum
Village Manager


Contact Prepare for Success
For more information call 443-535-1625 or email

Prepare for Success is a community project sponsored by:
Community Action Council and the Howard County Public School System with major support from the Howard County Library and the Columbia Association.
Oakland Mills Community Assoc | 5851 Robert Oliver Place | Columbia, Maryland 21045 | (410) 730-4610