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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: June 4, 2012


WHAT: Press briefing and school rally for Adopt-A-Student program at Maple Lane Elementary School in Claymont. As one school year ends, it's time to think about the next one and the needs of children from families who are economically challenged. Adopt-A-Student - part of the Adopt-A-Family program - provides gift cards for school clothing, backpacks and school supplies to help Delaware students get ready for the school year. DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf and Brandywine Superintendent Dr. Mark A. Holodick will explain the purpose of Adopt-A-Student and how the community can participate in helping children. The event will be held in Maple Lane Elementary School's gym/auditorium in front of 270 students in third, fourth and fifth grades. During a typical year, the umbrella Adopt-A-Family program, with assistance from the Human Services Councils of New Castle County and Kent/Sussex Counties, provides urgently needed assistance to more than 4,500 Delaware families totaling more than 15,000 individuals. Most of the beneficiaries are single-parent households, children and senior citizens.
WHO: Secretary Rita Landgraf, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Anne Farley, Director of the Division of State Service Centers (DHSS) Dr. Mark A. Holodick, Brandywine School District Superintendent Yolanda Murray, Maple Lane Elementary Principal
WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012
WHERE: Maple Lane Elementary School Gym/Auditorium
100 Maple Lane
Claymont, DE
(302) 792-3906


SPEAKERS (all confirmed):

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.