P.G. County Education Briefs: New Literacy Program

Dorothy Rowley | 7/2/2014, 3 p.m.
Prince George's County has become home to a new summer literacy program sponsored by the District-based Children's Defense Fund.
Courtesy of pgcps.org

Prince George’s County has become home to a new summer literacy program sponsored by the District-based Children’s Defense Fund.

About 100 students are participating in the six-week literacy program which has partnered with Howard University, Community Builders of Maryland and the county’s public schools to address the reading issues of middle school students.

“The goal of this summer literacy program is to engage students in learning and instill within them confidence and a love for reading,” said Wayne A.I. Frederick, Howard University’s interim president. “By doing so, we will help eliminate the cradle-to-prison pipeline and establish a cradle-to-college track.”

Free Summer Lunches

The Prince George’s Memorial Library system will provide free lunch to children who might otherwise go hungry during the summer months, particularly after receiving free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

According to a federal report on poverty, more than 45,000 students that attend the county’s public schools are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

As a result, seven county library branches will provide the free meals to youth ages 2 to 18 years old. The children and teenagers will not have to register or show identification to participate.

The meals will be served at the Bladensburg, Glenarden, Hillcrest Heights, Hyattsville, Oxon Hill, Spaulding, and Fairmount Heights libraries.

Students to Use Summer for Homework

Each year during the summer break, students are sent home with homework packets to help them retain what they’ve learned during the school year. The packets include learning concept guides and math-related examples that students are encouraged to master during the summer.

Their lesson plans from June to August also include assignments in math and reading, with 2nd-graders encouraged to read at least 30 minutes a day. Second grade students should also have two journals – one for reading and writing – to help with their summer studies.

All students are encouraged to participate in an activity each day of the week – for instance, joining in game night activities with their families.

In addition, some of the information students took home when schools closed, is tailored to remind them of their academic accomplishments during the 2013-14 term.

Scholar of the Week

Jordan Fonville, who graduated last month from Oxon Hill High School, has added the honor of “Scholar of the Week” to his lengthy academic accomplishments.

Jordan graduated with a 3.67 grade point average, having excelled in the Advanced Placement courses that include language and composition, world history, physics, and aerospace science.

His extracurricular activities include membership in the school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps as a cadet wing commander, the Tuskegee Airmen Youth in Aviation Program, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jordan, who passed the Federal Aviation Administration written examination, has also been nominated for a Posse Foundation scholarship.

He has been accepted to both Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the Navy Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. Jordan hopes to pursue a degree in meteorology/environmental science to become an aviator in the U.S. Armed Forces.