After devastating vandalism at the school on Aug. 3, staff and seniors looking for ways to help students

Media Contact: Rena Daly [email protected]

10 Aug 16 12:00 AM CDT

The staff and the seniors who participate in Catholic Charities’ St. Ann Adult Day Services are holding a back-to-school supply drive for the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students at Violetville Elementary School in southwest Baltimore. The school was extensively damaged by vandalism on Aug. 3, less than four weeks before the start of the new school year.

The kindergarten and pre-K students from Violetville Elementary have a long history of involvement with St. Ann, visiting the program several times each year. On Halloween, they do a costume parade for the seniors, and in the spring return for an Easter egg hunt. When the seniors learned about the vandalism at the school, they decided to give back.

St. Ann will be collecting donations of school supplies and gift cards through Aug. 19, when the seniors will be assembling gift bags to send over to the schools. Items needed include construction paper, glue sticks, safety scissors and composition books (to view the full list of school supplies needed click here).

Donations (including gift cards) may be dropped off at St. Ann Adult Day Services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. St. Ann is located at 3308 Benson Ave., just off of Caton Ave. near I-95. On Friday, Aug. 19, the seniors will be assembling the donation bags between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

“For the past four years the elders at St. Ann Adult Day Services get so excited when they know that the children from Violetville Elementary/Middle School are coming in,” said Cherie Melton, RN, the program director at St. Ann Adult Day. “When they learned that the children’s school had been vandalized a few weeks before school was due to open, they felt compelled to help. We are hopeful that these donations will make a positive difference in the lives of the Violetville Elementary/Middle School children.”

About St. Ann Adult Day Services

St. Ann is a day program for older adults that provides activities, socialization and medical supervision so that your loved ones can continue to live at home.

About Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Catholic Charities of Baltimore is Maryland’s largest private provider of human services, offering assistance to children and families, people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors without regard to religion, race or other circumstances.

Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, the more than 80 programs of

Catholic Charities improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders each year. Catholic Charities continues a legacy of charity and compassion that began with the establishment of the Catholic Church in Baltimore in 1792. Catholic Charities was named a 2015 Baltimore Sun Top Workplace, ranked among the top 10 largest employers in the Baltimore region. For more information, please visit www.cc-md.org.

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More information about St. Ann Adult Day Services