The D.C.-based nonprofit Higher Achievement organization recently opened its first site in Prince George’s County with the launch of an Achievement Center at Greenbelt Middle School.

The program engages sixth- and seventh-grade scholars in a summer academy that continues as an after-school program throughout the school year.

Higher Achievement CEO Lynsey Wood Jeffries, who emphasized at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new center that the middle school years are critical to student development, pointed to students’ eighth-grade achievement as a strong predictor of future college success. Jeffries also cited the power of quality summer learning in closing the achievement gap.

“Academic excellence is bolstered by strong community partnerships, and this is a perfect example of partnership in action,” said schools CEO Monica Goldson. “134,000 students have dreams and it’s my job to help make that happen. We are going to put Prince George’s County back on the map for academic excellence.”

Registered Nurse Fair

A Registered School Nurse Job Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 11 at Green Valley Administrative Offices in Temple Hills.

Applicants eligible to attend the job fair will receive an email invitation that will include the time of their interview and a list of documents to submit.

Budget Approval

Focusing on student supports and employee compensation, the Prince George’s County Board of Education has unanimously approved the $2.18 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2020.

In February, the board adopted an amended spending proposal, adding $10.6 million to increase student mental health and behavioral support initiatives.

“The collaborative work of the board in unanimously approving the budget took into account the broad input from the community and observed that we should celebrate our efforts to approve a student-centered budget, but not lose sight of our duty to continue advocating for adequate and equitable educational resources for our children,” said board chair Alvin Thornton.

Then-interim CEO Monica Goldson released the proposed budget in December with a focus on improving employee compensation, reducing class sizes and enhancing school safety.

“This budget invests in key strategic focus areas that move Prince George’s County Public Schools forward,” Goldson added. “I look forward to continued collaboration with the Board of Education as we advocate for additional funds to support every student who enters our schoolhouse doors.”

The budget also supports restoration of employee salary steps, anticipated enrollment growth and a new Career and Technical Education Evening High School program.

Free Summer Meals

While school is out for summer, free meals will still be available for children in the PGCPS community.

Now through Aug. 15, youth under age 18 can receive meals at select schools, apartment communities and libraries in the county.

School sites include:

Calverton Elementary: 11 a.m.-noon
Carrollton Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Edward M. Felegy Elementary: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
High Point High School: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Riverdale Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Robert Gray Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Rogers Heights Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Rosa Parks Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Templeton Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

For a complete list of schools and sites offering meals or to find a nearby location, go to www.mdsummermeals.org.

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