First Book and Beyonce partner with the AFT

Just before school started, AFT-Maryland joined with the Family League of Baltimore and the Y of Central Maryland to put 1,200 books in the hands of students at Moravia Park Elementary School in Baltimore, through AFT-Maryland’s partnership with First Book.


The books were provided by First Book, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books to programs serving children from low-income families across the United States and Canada.

AFT-Maryland is building an ongoing relationship with the Family League of Baltimore to support the Family League’s community and school engagement strategy, which focuses on partnerships between the school and other community organizations that promote student achievement and family and community well-being.

The AFT has distributed nearly 2 million books through First Book, giving them to schools, social service agencies, shelters and other places where children are in need. The AFT has also traditionally given backpacks full of school supplies to numerous communities, most recently during its convention in Los Angeles, but also in Detroit, Seattle and Chicago.

State Bags and #BeyGOOD gave back to thousands of kids in low-income communities across the East Coast this summer. Besides Baltimore, they have visited Charlotte, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Newark, N.J.; and New York City to provide more than 2,000 students with new backpacks for the school year, along with their high-energy, motivational school rally program and an opportunity for students to stuff their backpacks with brand new school supplies.

“State Bags addresses an immediate, growing need here in the U.S.,” says Scot Tatelman, State Bags co-founder. “Our #BeyGOOD x State GiveBackPack Program and inspirational bag drop events go beyond a simple material donation by providing children in underfunded communities the role models and motivation to beat the odds. Partnering with Beyonce’s #BeyGOOD movement not only creates a platform for children to receive backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year, but also drives them to reach their full potential.” [Virginia Myers/Photo courtesy Family League of Baltimore]

September 3, 2014