With the first month of school coming to an end, Bravura is elated
to hear that Harford County Education and its students have been dedicated to creating
yet another successful year, despite the challenges that the global pandemic has
caused. With the unknowns of virtual learning already seeming to be a common
concern for families; Bravura wanted to do their part for the community and alleviate
the burden of back-to-school shopping for students from underprivileged families.
For the past 14 years Harford County has partnered with
educational institutions and local business to put on a school supply drive
called the ‘Stuff the Bus Campaign.’ Harford County Education staff gather,
sort, and then deliver the materials to thousands of students in need.
Unfortunately, this year’s COVID-19 constraints have affected the amount of
businesses able to participate. As a direct result, the needs of upward 3,000
students have become even greater.
Bravura, being the education advocates that they are, sprung
into action and devised a plan to help compensate. The Human Resources team
gathered monetary donations from offering employees and made a trip to Walmart.
Everything from scissors, glue, markers and calculators; as well as this year’s
newest essentials hand sanitizer and face masks, were bought and nicely
organized into stylish backpacks.
To keep in compliance with Maryland’s health and safety
guidelines, the Aberdeen IronBirds Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium granted Harford
County Education permission to use their space as an official packing and
distribution location for students. The event ended on September 18th
and had a phenomenal turnout. With high hopes of returning to a sense of normalcy,
Bravura is already discussing ways to make future involvement a more personal
experience for both the staff and the students alike.
Briana Harris | Media Specialist