A Sense of Pride for Our Schools
One of the fondest memories I have of my time as a student in Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) was a cold, rainy autumn night in the gymnasium of Frederick Douglass High School. I was a freshman helping my class decorate our side of the gymnasium for the Homecoming Dance. I still remember my classmates, from all grade levels, debating which class should get the new supplies and which class had to fundraise to purchase any needed materials for decorations. This one night still remains fresh in my memory because it symbolizes the struggles still faced by too many students - the lack of resources for school pride.
Whether it is an after-school peer-to-peer student group in need of resources to advance their work, a Student Government Association in need of funding to subsidize costs to acquire a musical act for their Homecoming Dance, or a single student looking to enroll in an academic competition but struggles in paying the entrance fee, opportunities like these, and countless others, should not be a privilege to just those schools and student who can raise enough funds to participate.
Under my "A Sense of Pride" initiative, a budgetary line item will exist in our PGCPS Operating Budget, through the Office of Student Affairs, where a student or an approved student group, can submit a grant to the Office of Student Affairs seeking funding to assist with the identified event/endeavor/initiative.