Kingsford Elementary School students recently received a fun visit from Washington Redskins players and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation for their outstanding participation in the Redskins Reading program.

The program is centered around the Redskins Read Playbook, which encourages students to study the X’s and O’s of reading and provides monthly prompts to analyze books of their choice, focusing on different areas of the story.

Cheerleading for Cause

Bowie High School and Eleanor Roosevelt High School cheerleaders recently volunteered at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Walk to support Marecya Burton, a former BHS student and cheerleader battling ovarian cancer.

The cheerleaders excitedly cheered on participants and survivors at the annual event, which was held in Annapolis in September.

Contract Agreement

The school system, with Board of Education approval, has reached agreement on a two-year contract with the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association for compensation improvements and contractual amendments, and a one-year agreement on compensation with ACE/AFSCME Local 2250, which represents school support staff.

Compensation for PGCEA members includes a step increase for eligible employees effective Jan. 1, 2018, and a 2 percent one-time lump sum enhancement for employees at the top of the salary schedule who are not eligible for a step in year one of the agreement. The agreement includes full tuition reimbursement and National Board Certification stipends.

LEDA Scholars

The Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Scholars program supports high-achieving students from low-income families to gain admission to selective colleges.

Each year, LEDA recruits 100 high school juniors from across the country and hosts them for a free seven-week Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University, where they receive academic preparation, leadership development and intensive college guidance counseling.

The signup deadline is Dec. 12. For more information, go to http://ledascholars.org/our-program/recruitment-admissions.

Check Presentation

On behalf of the Transforming Neighborhood Initiative, Debra Mahone of the Mahone Education Empowerment Fund presented a check on Nov. 14 to William Paca Elementary School Principal Dorothy Clowers and her staff.

Violent Threats Investigated

Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said the department, in conjunction with the Prince George’s County Public Schools, investigated numerous threats of violence at various schools over the past few weeks, but determined that all were meant as pranks.

Stawinski said the police department and PGCPS take these threats very seriously and devote as many resources as needed to quickly handle any such situation.

Any student who makes a threat of violence against a school can also face administrative discipline including expulsion.

Parents are asked to speak with their children about the seriousness of making false threats of violence against schools, whether via prank phone calls or social media, the chief said.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

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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