The tally is in: 650 Baltimore City Public Schools students are each starting the school year with two new uniforms, thanks to the generosity of Johns Hopkins employees.
More than $26,000 was raised in the university's fifth annual Adopt-a-Student Uniform Drive, which helps families who cannot afford mandatory uniforms. This year's donations are outfitting 250 more students than last year's.
Baltimore City Public Schools has seen a strong correlation between student access to school uniforms and student attendance. Starting the school year with new uniforms helps build confidence in students and allows them to better focus on classwork.
The Johns Hopkins drive is organized by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement.