by Lori Morrow
For anyone who needs a break from thinking about the systemwide controversies in Prince George’s County Public Schools, here are some other things to do this summer:
1. Find out which PTA/PTO committees need members for next year and volunteer.
2. Ask school staff if there are areas that need to be spruced up before the school year and gather some friends to help.
3. Read the new PGCPS Grading & Reporting Administrative Procedures 5121.1-.3, so you are familiar with them before school starts.
4. Volunteer to ask nurseries/home improvement stores for flowers, mulch, garden items to beautify the school.
5. Volunteer in the community with your middle schooler or high schooler to work on their service-learning hours.
6. If your elementary school has 20-25 minutes for recess, talk to your principal and ask them to increase it to 30 minutes per the recommendation in AP 0116.
7. Check out the Family & Community Engagement Pop-up events this summer (see the calendar at pgcps.org).
8. Get fingerprinted and do your volunteer training before the school year starts.
There are things we can do every day to help improve our schools that don’t require us to wait for a new CEO or Board of Education or County Executive. The big issues won’t disappear, and we still need to stay engaged, vote, and advocate for positive systemwide change . . . but sometimes it is nice to see an immediate impact.