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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: School Lunch Debt

DARCARS Automotive Group spread holiday cheer last month by presenting a check for $25,000 to the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS.

The event served as an opportunity to pay off school lunch debt for PGCPS students.

More than 75 percent of school districts — including PGCPS — across the country report having unpaid student school lunch debt.

When parents fall behind on school lunch payments, it’s the children who ultimately suffer from embarrassment, poor nutrition, and potentially long-term self-esteem issues, school officials say.

But as people become more educated about the issue, celebrities and ordinary people alike are stepping up to help retire such debts.

“DARCARS Toyota is happy for the opportunity to be able to pay off the current school lunch debt of every student in Prince George’s County,” said DARCARS COO Jamie Darvish. “School lunch debt is a serious problem in this country that impacts the well-being of students and their families. As a member of the Prince George’s County community, we at DARCARS felt it was our obligation to step up and help families in need.”

Schools CEO Monica Goldson lauded DARCARS Toyota’s gift.

“This donation will not only cover debt accumulated from the start of this school year but help extend the community that surrounds Prince George’s County Public Schools,” Goldson said.

MLK Holiday

Schools and offices are closed Jan. 20 for Martin L. King Jr. Day.

Mr. Rogers Comes to Prince George’s

Written by Fred Rogers himself, “The Sky Above Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” coming to the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham on Friday, Jan. 10, is a unique full-dome planetarium program which introduces children to the wonders of the sky, clouds, stars, sun and moon.

The doors open at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students, teachers, senior citizens and military families. Payment can be made at the door.

For more information, go to the Science Center’s website (www1.pgcps.org/howardbowens).

Public Meeting

The Board of Education Academic Achievement Committee will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Board of Education Executive Conference Room at the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

PGCPS Alumni

Whether a famous face or accomplished alumni, the PGCPS system is always proud of its graduates who have excelled in their careers or made contributions to their community.

The list includes Martin Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson and Sugar Ray Leonard.

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