Prince Georges Preps for Back to School

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comPrince George’s County is gearing up to send students back to school in style and prepared for a year of success, through discounts and programming for the whole family to appreciate.Maryland’s Tax-Free Week kicked off August 11, according to WJLA, and ends on Saturday, August 17.  The week is used for parents, guardians and students alike, to do some shopping in preparation for school.  Clothing items under $100 are exempt from Maryland’s six percent tax. Backpacks under $40 are also exempt.Prince George’s County has been gearing up on September 3. (Courtesy Photo)Prince George’s County itself has a lot of special programming to encourage positivity, ease and preparedness during the back-to-school frenzy.On August 12, the District of Columbia, Mid-Atlantic Aid to Humanity hosted an event along with the Felix Manalo Foundation free school supplies, gently used shoes and clothing, canned goods, services such as health check-ups, and even food, entertainment and a moon bounce.  The event was held at Temple Hills Chapel.In addition, Prince George’s County Public Schools is heavily promoting the Back-to-School Block Party at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover on August 17.  Thousands are expected to come out to the Sports and Learning Complex from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for hours of entertainment and engaging resources, including a ribbon cutting (8:45 a.m.), school and County information, vendors, free vision and dental screenings for children, and video game trucks.  In addition, parents were able to register for a backpack giveaway. “So this is our unofficial kickoff to the opening of school,” Prince George’s CEO Dr. Monica Goldson told WJLA. “And it’s our opportunity to give our students backpacks, school supplies, just to get them ready for the opening of school.  It’s also an opportunity for them to come together with other classmates and just have fun. We will have free dental screenings, along with providing them backpacks and supplies,” Goldson added.Attendees are even in for a surprise.  “We have a special guest coming to do some music for our students and parents,” Goldson said. “It’s a secret now, you have to come to the Block Party.”Students begin school in Prince George’s County Public Schools on September 3.last_img

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