• News Release: PGCPS to Donate Backpacks, Raise Funds for Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

    August 30, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is donating 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to students in the Houston Independent School District (ISD). The school system also seeks to raise $132,000 for the HISD Foundation.

    In addition, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell challenged superintendents in neighboring Maryland school districts to join PGCPS in supporting Houston students.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Houston Independent School District and the many children and families throughout the Houston metro area,” said Dr. Maxwell. “We want to pay forward the incredible generosity shown to our students by residents, businesses and civic organizations. Prince George’s County has a heart as big as Texas and we want to provide whatever help we can.”

    The school system exceeded its goal of collecting 10,000 backpacks for last weekend’s Annual Back-to-School Fair. Community and business partners donated more than 11,000 backpacks.

    Houston ISD has an immediate need for children’s clothes in all sizes, school uniforms and school supplies. Donations can be shipped to the following address:

    Mark Smith
    Delmar Stadium
    2020 Mangum Road
    Houston, TX 77092

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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.