Montgomery County students will join colleagues across the state in a rally outside the governor’s mansion in Annapolis later this month.

Students are planning the “Students for a Safer Maryland” rally to “keep the issue of gun violence in the minds of all Marylanders.”

The student group says that despite sweeping gun reforms during the 2018 legislative session, gun violence still affects many people across Maryland.

Michael Nevett, a 2018 graduate of Walter Johnson High School, is helping to organize.

The event will begin with a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. The program will also include speeches by several Marylanders affected by gun violence, including two Great Mills High School students.

The students are advocating for an increase in the state’s minimum age to purchase a firearm and laws limiting child access to guns. They students also want Gov. Larry Hogan (R) to disclose his answers to the National Rifle Association’s survey, for which he earned an A-minus rating.

The event will take place at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis on Sat., July 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

School supply drive, summer food program to be feted

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith, education board members and local officials will roll up their sleeves and get to work to celebrate the district’s Drive for Supplies and Summer Food Service programs on Monday.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at what the programs do:

— 19: Years the Drive for Supplies has been running.

— 4,000: The number of pounds of school supplies collected for donation by students and staff as they cleaned out their desks and lockers last school year.

— 91: The estimated amount, in tons, of supplies collected in 19 years.

— 1976: Year the MCPS Summer Food Service program was created.

— $0: The cost for children 18 years and younger at 121 participating programs, including 12 walk-in locations.

— 10,000: Students who will be served this summer.

— 420,000-plus: The number of meals served last summer.

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