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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Free Mobile Dental, Vision Services

Schools CEO Monica Goldson, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, former NFL player Brandon Coleman and CF Charities founder/CEO Larry Caplin have announced a new partnership that provides PGCPS students with free mobile dental and vision services.

Beginning in January, students can access the services at schools or in mobile units. Vision services, provided to all schools, will include screenings, follow-up services with an optometrist or ophthalmologist and free glasses as needed.

Dental care will be available at 101 schools and include routine treatment.

CF Charities, based in Philadelphia, champions educational and enrichment opportunities for youth. Coleman is a Prince George’s County native.

The Student Health Impact Project seeks to address health disparities and expand access to care where youth live, learn and play.

Teacher Hiring

PGCPS is recruiting talented educators who are committed, focused on making a difference, and hold (or are eligible for) a teacher certificate issued by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Hiring decisions will be made at the event for immediate openings and for the 2020-21 school year.

Recruitment will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 7 at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School (12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD). Registration is required.

Plastic Straw Ban

Students who recently participated in the Kenmoor Middle School environmental topics committee engaged in a hands-on and timely lesson on how to influence public policy.

After presenting a petition to County Council member Jolene Ivey and showing her their school cafeteria’s traditional plastic spork and straw wrapped in plastic, Ivey joined other council members in a unanimous vote to ban single-use plastic straws and stirrers in county restaurants and businesses.

“If you count every student at Kenmoor, if you count every student in our school system, there are 25,272,000 of these [straws] every year,” Ivey told the council while holding up the plastic. “Those little tiny straws in here, they don’t even use them. Why it’s included is a mystery.”

High School Sports Series

It’s time for Thursday Night Basketball and Monday Night Football — Prince George’s County-style — with PG 13, a series about PGCPS high school sports.

Tune in this season at 7 p.m., Thursdays for on- and off-the-field close-ups with teams, coaches, players, fans and families.

All 13 episodes will be broadcast on PGCPS social media channels, pgcps.org and PGCPS-TV 96 (Comcast) and 38 (Verizon).

Adopt-a-School

PGCPS extended its gratitude to Pohanka Honda, a member of the school system’s Adopt-a-School program, for their participation in a recent reading celebration at John H. Bayne Elementary School in Walker Mill in which students received new books.

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