The Mario Do Right Foundation provides backpacks for Baltimore City Youth

Photographer credit:  Mark L. Dennis

Students are headed back to school and for singer songwriter Mario it is time to give back. The Mario Do Right Foundation will prove Baltimore City youth with 1,000 backpacks this year at the Mayor’s Annual Back-to-School Rally. The Back-to-School Rally took place on August 23rd at Baltimore City Public School Headquarters. Celebrities that attended included Trey Songz, The OMG Girlz, and Diggy Simmons. Mario and City Officials were present and distributed the backpacks. “This year, thanks to the support of many community partners, more students will have the supplies they need to start the school year off right,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “We are grateful for the support of The Mario Do Right Foundation to help our children make this the best school year ever”. 

The Mario Do Right Foundation will also provide students with notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, and other supplies to get them started this school year. I still remember the days when life was tough for me growing up, so now this is my way of helping out,” says singer Mario as he recalls how difficult it was himself starting school with a lack of supplies.

The Mario Do Right Foundation was established in 2007 by Baltimore native Mario Barrett who is consistently working to provide inner city youth with an opportunity. Something this Grammy Award Nominated singer, songwriter, and R&B sensation believes is needed to give students hope in desperate times as these.  Born and raised in Baltimore city Mario understands some of the needs of the city’s children and he wants to help fill that void.