UPPER MARLBORO, MD—More than 6,000 parents and students attended Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) Back to School Fair on Saturday at the Show Place Arena. Hosted by NBC4 reporter Tracee Wilkins, the event included school supply and backpack giveaways, health screenings and workshops to prepare families for the new school year.
“The Back to School Fair exceeded our expectations in giving parents and students the tools they need for success this school year,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Chair of the Prince George's County Board of Education. “I am thrilled that so many people benefited from this event.”
Representatives from PGCPS offices and county agencies were available throughout the day to provide information on resources for families and students. Workshop sessions addressed college and career readiness, parental involvement and included bilingual book readings. Attendees also received information about the PTA, before and after school programs, and school registration.
Prince George’s County Police and Fire Department, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s X’treme Teens program, and Smile Maryland mobile dentist were all on site. U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards gave remarks and participated in a line dance to help the crowd get energized about the upcoming school year. There were also performances by Colours, the Magnolia Elementary School Step Team, 3 Boys Band (Benjamin Foulois Performing Arts) and the Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School Band.
Major sponsors included NBC4 (WRC-TV), Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Dunkin’ Donuts and Comcast.
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