• News Release: PGCPS Expands Support for Families Impacted by Federal Government Shutdown

    News Release: PGCPS Expands Support for Families Impacted by Federal Government Shutdown

    January 17, 2019
    For Immediate Release
    CONTACT:
    Office of Communications
    301-952-6001

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Following last week’s efforts to support local families impacted by the federal government shutdown, today Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) announced additional measures to further help the community. In one week, businesses and community members answered and exceeded the call to donate to the 10,000 Meals Challenge fund to cover student meal fees during the federal government shutdown and beyond, generating approximately $31,000. With the original goal exceeded and the shutdown continuing into its fourth week, Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson is setting a new goal for the community to provide 20,000 student meals through donations.

    PGCPS is also hosting a series of hiring events for furloughed federal workers looking for employment opportunities during the partial shutdown to apply for Substitute Teacher and/or Substitute Paraprofessional positions within the school system. The first event attracted nearly 100 potential workers with a second event upcoming.

    “Our community is at our best when we come together to lend a hand, help our neighbors and most importantly, make a difference in the lives of our children,” said Dr. Goldson. “With a growing number of families affected by the shutdown, I am happy PGCPS can step in to offer support. For some students, the meals they receive at school may be their only one of the day. Having qualified and committed substitute teachers is routinely a challenge facing a district of our size. The opportunity to attract high-level talent for these positions, feed students with hot meals and lend a helping hand is a win-win for students and the community at large.”

    Along with the meals fund, families are still encouraged to apply for the free and reduced-price meal program immediately. After fast-tracking free and reduced-price meal applications, more than 500 families have been approved to temporarily qualify for the program.

    To date, major contributors to the meals fund include Old Line Bank, NAI Michael Company and Councilman Mel Franklin, who each gave or pledged $5,000. Business owner Darrell Lanier, Sardi’s and Educational Systems Federal Credit Union contributed $2,500, respectively. Over $9,000 was raised by individual donors.

    Donations will be distributed to schools with the greatest demonstrated need.  

    To donate, visit www.pgcps.org and click the Meals Challenge button.

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    About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 207 schools and centers, more than 134,000 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 college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, dual enrollment, and language immersion.