News Release: PGCPS Students Kick Off The Washington Redskins Read Across Prince George’s County

News Release: PGCPS Students Kick Off The Washington Redskins Read Across Prince George’s County

September 26, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications

  LANDOVER, MD – On Tuesday, September 25, The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and NRG Energy, Inc. launched the “Redskins Read Book Challenge” along with the “Redskins Read Across Prince George’s County” at FedEx Field.

PGCPS students rotated to six different reading stations throughout the stadium while touring the facility. Invited guests read students excerpts from various books at each reading station and provided an autographed copy.

“I had a wonderful time reading to the students today. This exciting project will provide additional resources for students and contribute to our district’s efforts to promote literacy in the classroom,” said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of Schools.

The “Redskins Read Book Challenge” will reward participating students that read 10 or more books during the 2012-13 school year with a certificate of completion. Students will also be eligible to participate in a prize drawing.

“The students of Prince Georges County are truly blessed to have a community that shares one common vision of educating our youth through literacy,” said Dana Tutt, principal of William Beanes Elementary School.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation will distribute 40,000 Redskins Read Activity Books free to PGCPS.

PGCPS schools that attended included: Templeton Elementary School, Overlook Elementary School, Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School, Forest Heights Elementary School and Columbia Park Elementary School.

Guest readers included Rushern Baker III, Prince George’s County Executive; Angela D. Alsobrooks, Prince George’s State’s Attorney; Andrea Harrison, Chair, Prince George’s County Council; Amber Waller, District 3, PGCPS Board of Education; Carolyn Boston, District 6, PGCPS Board of Education; Henry Armwood, District 7, PGCPS Board of Education; Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, PGCPS Interim Superintendent of Schools; Tom Gros, President, NRG Solutions; Joshua Morgan, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins; Josh Wilson, Cornerback, Washington Redskins; Melvin C. High, Prince George’s County Sheriff; and Marc S. Bashoor, Prince George’s County Fire Chief.

Click here for more information about the Redskins Read Book Challenge.

Click here to view photos from the event.
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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.