Aug. 20 marked the first day back to school for students across the state of Maryland, and for the 40 sixth-graders at Seat Pleasant Elementary School, a surprise awaited them as Mayor Eugene W. Grant joined the Carl Mann Johnson Foundation, bearing school supplies, prizes and an original skateboard signed by professional kateboarder Darren Harper.
Also, in attendance to offer words of wisdom and motivational speeches to the young minds were local R&B and Hip-Hop recording artists Deangelo Redman, Garvey the Chosen One as well as Carl Mann Johnson, who graduated from Seat Pleasant Elementary School. The students, who got to spend time with the celebrities, were also provided a special pizza lunch.
Mayor Grant was on hand in the morning to meet and greet parents and students as they checked their children into for the first day of school, bringing Seat Pleasant Elementary's total student population to about 350 students for this year.
The Carl Mann Johnson Foundation has worked with Grant for the past three years attending the first day of school at Seat Pleasant Elementary and providing supplies for a good start to these children's school year.
Each year the mayor and City Council appropriate $10,000 for Seat Pleasant Elementary to provide much-needed aide to the school's already strained budget.