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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Civic Lessons

Students at Montpelier Elementary School in South Laurel showed off their political savoir faire prior to the recent midterm elections by holding a mock election and creating motivational posters that encouraged families to exercise their civic duty.

At the same time, their peers at Indian Queen Elementary in Fort Washington focused on how civic engagement begins at home.

Some of the students also accompanied their parents to the polls on Nov. 6 where they were presented a voting sticker and a post-election treat.

Scholar of the Week

Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior Daelyn Waters was recently named PGCPS Scholar of the Week.

In addition to being an honor student with a 4.07 grade point average, Daelyn is a triple threat performing artist – actress, singer and All-American dancer.

A student in Roosevelt’s Science and Technology program, she’s also a member of the National Honor Society, Pom and Dance Team and Acapella Club.

As a peer leader, Daelyn developed a website for the school’s “Peer Forward” team that offers information and resources on life after high school.

Daelyn hopes to pursue a career as a sports psychologist or filmmaker/editor.

College Takeover

Staff and administrators at Oxon Hill Middle School recently gave 800 students a taste of college life at nine local campuses.

The occasion was for the 6th annual College Takeover Day for which approximately 4,500 students have participated over the years.

Giving Season

Nearly 500 Beacon Heights Elementary students in Riverdale received new winter coats thanks to “Operation Warm,” a partnership powered by volunteers from “FedEx Cares.”

Beacon Heights is one of 10 schools nationwide to benefit from the “More Than A Coat” program this year.

At a community giveaway at District Heights Elementary, Soles4Souls, the National Shoe Retailers Association and Timberland teamed up to provide 400 pairs of winter boots for students in need.

“Giving back to our communities is part of our core values,” said William Rowley, sales director for Timberland. “We believe you can do business and also do good.”

Energized Music and Arts

High School Nation brought its traveling music festival to Dr. Henry A. Wise, High Point, Bowie and Oxon Hill high schools late last month.

The events featured interactive booths, music performances by emerging artists and free equipment to each school to advance music and arts programs.

Sports Science

Students from Oxon Hill and Thomas Johnson middle schools recently met with Pepco for a day of hands-on learning about sports science.

The STEM Middle School Project seeks to send more students from underrepresented schools into high school science and technology programs.

In addition to the Pepco partnership, the schools received a $250,000 state grant to fund STEM-related teaching and learning.

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I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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