Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Keven Maxwell (center, red tie) joins local officials to honor three county schools that were recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Landmark. (Courtesy of PGCPS Board of Education)
Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Keven Maxwell (center, red tie) joins local officials to honor three county schools that were recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Landmark. (Courtesy of PGCPS Board of Education)

During the Feb. 22 Board of Education meeting, District 2 board member Lupi Quinteros-Grady along with his board colleagues, schools CEO Kevin and others, honored three PGCPS schools that were among more than 300 nationwide recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Landmark.

The schools — Robert R. Gray Elementary, Springhill Lake Elementary and Buck Lodge Middle — participated in the Healthier Generation’s Landmark Healthy Schools Program, which is one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives.

Since 2006, the program has worked with more than 35,000 schools serving over 20 million students. Each of the schools earned distinction by successfully meeting a rigorous set of criteria for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.

Teacher of Year Deadline

Organized by the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland “Teacher of the Year” program recognizes the work being done by the state’s outstanding teachers.

Drawing from a pool of nominees representing each county, one individual teacher is selected to represent Maryland in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

To be eligible, all nominees must at least be in their sixth year of teaching and plan to remain a PGCPS teacher for the 2018-19 school year. Nominees must be willing and able to spend time away from the classroom serving as advocates for public education and acting as local and state advisers in education policy and program development.

There is a mandatory orientation day for all nominees on Wednesday, March 21.

For details and to access the nomination form, go to http://www1.pgcps.org/teacheroftheyear.

Summer Enrichment Program

The application period for participation in a free summer enrichment program for rising ninth- and 10th-grade students begins March 12.

To be eligible, students must have a 2.75 or higher, grade point average; have passed at least on science or math class; provide an original high school transcript along with three letters of recommendation; and submit a 150-word essay demonstrating an interest in the STEM fields or health care profession.

For more information, contact Tawanna Terry, program manager, at 202-806-4208 or email nwdp@howard.edu.

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