• News Release: PGCPS Launches New Community Service Initiative

    November 10, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Starting this holiday season, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will invite students, families and schools to collectively serve the community through Giving Together, a new system-wide campaign.

    Giving Together will focus on specific community needs through coordinated service activities, such as donation drives and fundraisers. Giving Together will work to mobilize 209 schools and centers, nearly 130,000 students, and more than 19,000 employees to help communities in need. The November and December launch activities will support the Capital Area Food Bank and United Way of the National Capital Area.

    “Service begins at home, right here in the neighborhoods that support our schools,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer. “I am excited about giving back through Giving Together. This is an opportunity to show our communities how much we care.”

    Each month, PGCPS will highlight an area of need that impacts students, families and the greater Prince George’s County community. The launch activities include:

    • #FillTheBowl (Nov. 16-Dec. 16): PGCPS will lead fundraising efforts for the Capital Area Food Bank through the #FillTheBowl challenge, asking employees to purchase a $25 bowl in support of ending hunger. Each purchase helps the Capital Area Food Bank provide 62 meals to those most in need.  

    • United WayGiving Campaign (Nov. 21-Dec. 19): Employees will pledge to make donations to their preferred charities through the United Way.

    • Stuff-A-Bus (December):  Students, staff and community members will stuff a school bus with nonperishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank.

    • Coats-for-Teens (December): Donations of new winter coats will support the PGCPS Homeless Education Office.

    Details about Giving Together can be found on the PGCPS website.

    To view a video about the new Giving Together system-wide campaign, click  here.

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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. 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.