Success Stories

The 2019 Annual Fall Drive Was A Great Success, November 2019

Many thanks to all who participated!

$15,342 of in-kind donations distributed to 19 schools

262.5 volunteer hours

$1,000+ collected in monetary donations

Pinewood Elementary Donates To The Fall Drive, November 8-9, 2019

We are very grateful to the students and staff at Pinewood Elementary – their donations helped make our Annual Fall Drive a big success!

Kindness Is Contagious, November 2019

Occasionally our Student Support Network volunteers have a small glimpse into the world of our students in need: “I was in the closet yesterday organizing some things and the counselor brought in a student while I was there. He was very shy at first…maybe a little uncomfortable because I was there. But after I helped them find some items that he needed, he spoke up and enthusiastically asked where he could sign up to help. I found this so heartwarming because not many middle school students think that way and also because he was so shy. I think he genuinely felt like he really wanted to help because he was so grateful that he was able to get the items that he needed.”

Rachel Carey Provided 50 Backpacks With School Supplies, August 2019

Rachel Carey dropped off 50 backpacks with school supplies for the Network – an extraordinary expression of generosity and perfect timing for the beginning of the school year! Rachel Carey Photography is a Family and Lifestyle husband and wife photography team based out of Harford County.

Another Student Success Story, January 2019

A student in a Network school had to start working to help his family, and was spending a lot of time getting back and forth from the job, which meant less time for study – and he is a good student.

The Network got him a bike and a helmet, thanks to an alert school staff member who was concerned about him and thought the Network might be able to help.  Our partnerships with school staff make these life-changing gifts possible.

Sometimes We Measure Success One Student at a Time, December 2018

Another great story from the holiday season: this student’s glasses broke, he couldn’t see well enough to do his schoolwork and his family could not afford the repairs or transportation to get there. Thanks to school staff and Dr. George Duncan of MD Eye Care, he was able to get new frames – the staff person said his whole face lit up when he put them on in her office! To be able to see well again is life-changing!

Knit for the Needy Group Donates to the Network, December 2018

A big Thank You to Sophie and Sophia, organizers of the Knit for the Needy group at Towson High School. This year they chose the Student Support Network to receive their wonderful hats, scarves, and mittens (previously they have donated to the Helping Up Mission). Last week they stopped by the Network’s storage space with their donations. We’re grateful!

An Important Donation From Rheumatology Associates, November, 2018


A huge thank you to Ashleigh and Amanda and the staff of Rheumatology Associates of Baltimore, for their extraordinary generosity to the Student Support Network: 31 new backpacks filled with supplies, and several large bags of donations for our Network schools!

A Very Happy Thanksgiving For Network Families! November, 2018

So grateful to our generous donors and volunteers: 
At our Network schools, Loch Raven High School, Parkville High School, and Pine Grove Middle School, we helped 80 families for Thanksgiving! Here is a note sent by a social worker from a grateful parent – and there were so many verbal expressions of gratitude to school staff too, when families received the grocery gift cards from them.



Brownie Scout Troop #1745 Works on Their Philanthropy Badge, November 18, 2018

Laurie had an outstanding meeting and discussion with Brownie Troop #1745 of Stoneleigh – the troop did a poster of “wants” compared with “needs” – and gave this wonderful box and several other bags of donations to the Student Support Network. Many thanks to Christine Justis, the troop leader, and Jenn Koster, the co-leader, for inviting Laurie! The troop is working on their philanthropy badge and getting information on how to help others.

Our Big Fall Drive for Students in Need at 19 Baltimore County Schools was a Huge Success!

On November 9 and 10, 2018:

  • Over $8,500 was received in monetary and in-kind donations of products and clothing for schools
  • 300 hours were given by volunteers, including school nurses, counselors, teachers, and students

We are showing schools around the County what can happen when our generous communities organize to help their students in great need.  In addition, volunteers from one school told us that a local hospital had heard about the drive, and donated to their school, so our efforts had effects beyond the location of our drive.

Special thanks to:

  • Thomas Episcopal Church, for donating the space and helping with publicity for the drive
  • Church of the Redeemer, Journey to Adulthood Class, for their donations
  • The Lilacs Group – Ladies in Life and Christian Services
  • Students of Goucher College
  • Students of Towson University
  • Students Archbishop Curley High School
  • Students from Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White Attorneys at Law and staff
  • Stephanie Binetti and David Kosak, Binetti Political Strategies
  • Councilwoman Vicki Almond

Messages of thanks are already coming in from schools:

“Our PTA just wants to let you know how much we appreciate being able to participate in the donation drive for Bedford Elementary. We received so much stuff for our students and we were overwhelmed by the opportunity to experience so much generosity. Thank you for everything that you do. It really means a lot and we are very humbled.”

          Christina Herron, Treasurer, Bedford Elementary PTA

It was an honor to part of this successful fall drive. It was rewarding to be amongst volunteers giving so much to our communities and we had FUN!!!  Thank you for including Padonia International E.S.  The donations received are greatly appreciated.

          Best regards,

          Vicki Schmelz, RN


We are very thankful for our many volunteers and donors.  So many students and schools were supported by their generosity during our Big Fall Drive!

Annual Fundraiser Surpassed Its Goal, October 16, 2018

“Chocolate, Cupcakes & Coffee: Supporting Students in Need was a big success!  The Network’s annual fundraiser took place on Tuesday, October 16th at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with approximately 100 people in attendance.  The weather was perfect for the “Pride Of Baltimore” Chorus to sing in the courtyard as attendees walked in.  Mike Connell provided piano music as guests enjoyed cheeses, truffles and, of course, cupcakes.  The 50/50 Raffle, Chinese Auction & Silent Auction were enjoyed by all.  The goal for the event was $20,000; and the night brought in over $31,000!  Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers & attendees.

Did we mention there were cupcakes and chocolate??

And wonderful raffle and auction items?

And the “Pride of Baltimore” Chorus?

And much appreciated sponsors?

And Mike Connell at the piano?

National Night Out, August 7, 2018

Many thanks to the volunteers who organized the tables for the Network at two National Night Out Events for the Towson and Cockeysville Police Precincts: Christina Pumphrey and Sharon Walker in downtown Towson, and Chris Diehl and Mary Beth Protzman at St. Thomas’ Church.  We collected hundreds of donations that will be distributed to students in need at our Network schools.  Special thanks to Pat France, the organizer for the Towson event.  In addition to all who donated, a big thank you to Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan, Target stores of Towson and Timonium, the Sheriff’s Office of Baltimore County, Steve Lafferty, Scott Schellenburger, Johnny Olszewski Jr., Robbie Leonard, and Nina McHugh for their generous donations!  The Ravens mascot may have had the toughest job – how he/she (?) survived the heat inside that massive get-up we’ll never know…

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office of Baltimore County at the Student Support Network table in Towson.

Target Corporation representatives visiting the SSN table in Towson with their donations.

Delegate Steve Lafferty visits the SSN table at National Night Out in Towson.

No National Night Out event is complete without the Ravens mascot stopping by!

Johnny Olszewski Jr. stops by the SSN table during National Night Out in Towson.

The Network storage closet  — showing the space full — after restocking with donations from people attending National Night Out events in downtown Towson and at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church.

Chris Diehl and Mary Beth Protzman at the National Night Out event at St. Thomas’ Church.

Second Donation From Mt. Moriah Charitable Foundation, June 2018

We are thrilled to report that the Mt. Moriah Charitable Foundation has committed to make an additional donation of $12,000 to the Student Support Network this year.  The Foundation’s continuing support of our partnership provides much needed funds for the ongoing work of the Network.  In addition, the Mt. Moriah Charitable Foundation is a Title Sponsor, along with Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association, of our Annual Fundraiser to be held October 16, 2018.    Read More

Towson Times / Baltimore Sun Article Spotlights Laurie Taylor-Mitchell’s Educational Advocacy

A March 14, 2018 article in the Towson Times by Courtney McGee noted Laurie Taylor-Mitchell’s educational advocacy and the founding of the Loch Raven Network, which has since grown into the Student Support Network.   Read More

Spring Drive, April 2018

A two-day Spring Drive was held to benefit more than 18 schools and organizations benefiting students in Baltimore County, including Padonia Elementary, Pot Spring Elementary, Essex Elementary, McCormick Elementary, Campfield Center/Judy Center, Fullerton Elementary, Lansdowne Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Pleasant Plains Elementary, Warren Elementary, Cockeysville Middle, Pine Grove Middle, Parkville High, Food for Thought, Dulaney High, Loch Raven High, Chesapeake High, and Empower4life (benefiting students in homeless shelters). Items donated included non-perishable food, school supplies, toiletries, household supplies, linens, and clothing.     Read More

Volunteer with donations for Pleasant Plains Elementary School, April 2018

Donations from students and alumni of Goucher College for the 2018 Spring Drive

Donations gathered at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church for the 2018 Spring Drive

Volunteers with donations for McCormick Elementary School, Spring Drive 2018

Clothing Drive, January 2018

During the bitterly cold weather of late December and early January, The Loch Raven Network and Empower4life sponsored a drive for coats, hats and gloves for students in need.  So many people donated that students in 10 schools were helped!     Read More

Volunteer with donations at the January 2018 clothing drive

Mt. Moriah Charitable Foundation Donation, May 2017

In May of 2017, the Mt. Moriah Charitable Foundation, under the leadership of Gregory Jones, donated $8000 to four local high schools, including Parkville and Loch Raven High Schools.  This generous gift has set an example for other charitable organizations.     Read More

Loch Raven and Parkville Network Volunteers, and representatives from Dulaney High School, with the Freemasons of the Mt. Moriah Lodge, Towson, December 2017