Category: Hollywood Elementary School
A resident has brought a safety concern to Council and staff regarding the bus stop for Hollywood Elementary School students on Cherry Hill Road at Park Drive. Cherry Hill Road is very busy and cars go relatively fast compared to neighborhood streets. Many parents apparently drive their children to school because they do not feel this stop is safe for children. The resident brought the location concern to Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) staff last February.
After many delays in receiving a response, late last year PGCPS staff ultimately said the bus stop could not be moved and that the neighborhood streets were in a “no bus driving zone.” However, apparently two of the four PGCPS buses that pick up students at or near this stop use 47th Avenue, Kiernan Road, and Park Drive, with the bus stop located on Park Drive.
The proposed solution to the safety concerns of the stop on Cherry Hill Road is to request that PGCPS relocate the Hollywood Elementary School stop about 100 feet from the intersection and place it on Park Drive. The bus would turn onto Park Drive from Cherry Hill Road, pick up students, turn left onto Kiernan Road, left onto 47th Avenue, and then right onto Cherry Hill Road. This request could be authorized by the Mayor and Council and correspondence sent to the PGCPS Board and CEO.
After officials at nearby Hollywood Elementary School contacted UMD’s Office of Community Engagement, Associate Professor Ana Patricia Rodriguez created a new Spanish language course this fall that sends undergraduates there to teach English to Spanish-speaking parents.
“We are empowering the parents to advocate for their children,” says junior Maureen Wrightson. “If we give them the tools, then they’ll be able to advocate if needed.”
Please make sure to stop by the Hollywood market tomorrow between 9 and 1! We’ll have new vendors like Velincia’s Produce, Waltz Family Farm and DC Dills, and many more. The ribbon cutting will be at 10 am.
In the afternoon, the Hollywood Elementary School PTA will be holding the Annual Fun Fair! There will be prizes! games! food! fun! cakewalk! face painting! and moon bounce!
WHERE: Hollywood ES, 9811 49th Avenue, College Park
WHEN: 10:00-2:00 Saturday
Come to both events and have fun, support our kids, and connect with neighbors
The City is going to recognize her and celebrate her contribution to the College Park children at the May 26th City Council meeting. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend the celebration reception and make comments. Please spread the word.