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“If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest

This Maryland Municipal League-sponsored (MML) event begins in January of each year. College Park’s mayor visits fourth-grade students at participating local public and private elementary schools to provide a face-to-face connection with municipal government, so they can learn what it is like to be mayor. Fourth graders are invited to participate in the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. In March, Youth and Family Services staff collected the essays from each school, along with the school’s identification of the school winner. The Mayor and Council recognized both school and MML District winners at a May City Council meeting.

Congratulations to our student winners:

School Winner: Tatiana Guevara, Hollywood Elementary
District 9 Winner: Erick Argueta Rivas, Paint Branch Elementary
Semi-Finalist: Alexander Rivero, Paint Branch Elementary
Semi-Finalist: Akeim Harris, Paint Branch Elementary
School Winner: Maryam Saleh Mohamed, Al-Huda School
School Winner: Rafiq Amir, Al-Huda School
School Winner: Bilal Hijazi, Al-Huda School
School Winner: Stephen Trynosky, Holy Redeemer School

Free Tutoring Program for College Park’s Middle School Students

The Every Child Project (TECP)

The Every Child Project (TECP)

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider approving a partnership with The Every Child Project (TECP) during the 2022-2023 school year to provide virtual tutoring to a minimum of 10 College Park students at the Greenbelt Middle School.

TECP is based at the University of Maryland and its mission is to support equitable access to high-quality academic support (specifically in foundational/core subjects) for K-12 students across Maryland. TECP’s tutoring model provides one-on-one virtual tutoring over Zoom in math, reading and writing, science, and social studies. Some tutors are also able to provide tutoring in Spanish. Services are free for students. An elearning content designer could greatly enhance the educational resources offered by TECP for an even more enriching online learning experience.

The Education Advisory Committee requested consideration to provide TECP with $3,000 for the tutoring services. Representatives from TECP presented to the Education Advisory Committee on 2/28/2022.

The proposed budget of $3000 would include background checks for tutors, estimated at $300 for 5 tutors. Additionally, $200 would be provided for supplies, and tutors would be provided a $250 stipend for each semester.

Scholarship Resources for Students

County Councilman Dernoga’s office has released a list of fantastic resources on how to get scholarships. Please see that below:

This is a busy time for students who have completed the college application process and now must decide which school to attend. Having put two children through college, I understand the anxiety that might come with making financial decisions about how to pay for education beyond high school.

Looking ahead and thinking about the needs of your young student, consider resourceful college savings accounts with Maryland 529 through the State of Maryland.

If your student is preparing to attend college in the fall, a comprehensive list of grants and scholarship opportunities is provided below. I hope you and your family will find the information useful.

Our students have access to additional financial aid, up to $5,000, through the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program, which is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The program is open to applicants who graduated from a Maryland high school or General Educational Diploma (GED) recipient who is planning to enroll, or is currently enrolled, at a Maryland community college as a candidate in:

  • a credit-bearing vocational certificate;
  • a credit-bearing certificate;
  • an associate degree program;
  • a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification; or
  • a registered apprenticeship program.

To learn how to apply for a Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, click here.

State and Local Scholarship Opportunities

There are many state and local scholarships available to Prince George’s County students. The Prince George’s County Public School System provides a comprehensive list of scholarships available here. Additionally, the Maryland Higher Education Commission maintains a list of scholarships from programs and grants across the state, click here to review the list. The Prince George’s County Community College also has a list of scholarships for first-time and returning students here.

Other scholarships are available from our State Senators and Delegates. Please click here to find your representative.

More scholarships and programs are available through the state.

Other helpful scholarship databases including the following:

Interested in Trade School? Click here to learn how to apply for Skilled Trade School through the Prince George’s County Community College. See below for scholarships for high school students and adults, and information about applying to be a firefighter.

Hollywood School needs HELP

Council Awards $26,500 to 6 Area Schools

The Council will consider awarding the following FY ‘22 Education Grants to the area schools:

(a) $2,250 College Park Academy- Environmental Club “E-force”

(b) $2,750 Berwyn Heights Elementary- Social and Emotional Learning Resource Support

(c)  $2,750 University Park Elementary- Multimodal Education Materials for a student with Learning Differences

(d) $2,750 Buck Lodge Middle- Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Incentive Program

(e) $8,000 Paint Branch Elementary- Chromebooks for Students

(f) $8,000 Greenbelt Middle School- Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) PSAT/TAP. The total of these awards is $26,500 which is budgeted in the FY 2022 budget.

School Boundary Changes – Attend a Community Conversation

As you may know, Prince George’s County Public Schools has been engaged in a Comprehensive School Boundary Initiative for the past year. Many PGCPS school boundaries will be changing in the next 2-3 years

Earlier this year, PGCPS released the Draft Boundary Scenarios Report which presents three draft scenarios that offer different approaches to adjusting school boundaries in PGCPS. You can access the report at www.pgcps.org/boundary.

In order to get input on the final recommendations, five Community Conversations have been scheduled, two of them will be conducted in Spanish:

Tuesday, November 2 at 6:30-8:00 PM (English)
Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30-8:30 PM (Spanish)
Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30-8:00 PM (English)
Wednesday, November 10 at 6:30-8:00 PM (Spanish)
Saturday, November 13 at 10:30 AM to Noon (English with Spanish interpretation)

These virtual meetings will share information on the various boundary change scenarios and provide an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. It is very important for our District 3 communities to be involved in these discussions. important that all communities in Prince George’s County be involved!

Register online bit.ly/PGCPS_RSVP

[Source: Office of Councilmember Glaros]

Tonight at 6pm: Community Night @ Hollywood Elementary School

Please join your neighbors tonight at 6 pm at the Community night at the Hollywood Elementary School. There will be free school supplies, free burgers, and more. Details below.

Stuff the Bus – School Bus Drive

County DPW&T’s Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive will be accepting school supplies for students Monday through Friday from 10AM – 2PM now through Monday, August 16, at 9400 Peppercorn Place in Largo. Please spread the word.

Lakeland S.T.A.R.S. to Showcase its Achievements During a Pandemic Year

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will receive a presentation about the Lakeland STARs (Students Taking Active Responsibility) program.

The Lakeland STARS is an after-school program providing individualized tutoring/mentoring services for approximately 60 Paint Branch Elementary School students by the University of Maryland/College Park Scholars and the City’s Youth and Family Services.

The City performs administrative and transportation functions and hires two school staff who know the children and help monitor behavior for this after-school program. The University of Maryland also provides administrative functions as well as UMD Coordinators, tutors, and day-to-day activities.

This school year, for the first time in its history, the program has been 100% virtual. More information on this partnership can be found here. The Lakeland STARs program will begin its 25th year during the 2021-2022 school year.

Important Listening Session-Cherokee Lane Elementary Proposed Relocation for FY2021-2022

If you aren’t aware of the current situation with Cherokee Lane Elementary. There is a current proposal to relocate staff and children in the Fall of 2021 to Middleton Valley Elementary(4815 Dalton Street, Camp Springs, MD). The approximate communication would be one hour each way. This move helps facilitate the construction work for the new school being built at the current location. There are also plans to use a thruway from Metzerott Road to provide better access for parents/school system for drop off and pick up to the school. This meeting aims to understand Prince George’s County’s Relocation proposal. The discussion will be facilitated by School Board Members David Murray and Joshua Thomas and elicit comments from parents and the community. Please feel free to send me an email with any questions.

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