UPPER MARLBORO – For Jennifer Ibekwe, Saturday was not just another day at the fair. Ibekwe took her three children to the Show Place Arena to look at prospective schools and get a backpack full of school supplies at the fourth annual Prince George’s County Public Schools “Back-to-School” fair.“I think in general the PG County […]
UPPER MARLBORO – For Jennifer Ibekwe, Saturday was not just another day at the fair.
Ibekwe took her three children to the Show Place Arena to look at prospective schools and get a backpack full of school supplies at the fourth annual Prince George’s County Public Schools “Back-to-School” fair.
“I think in general the PG County School System has a bad flak,” Ibekwe said. “I’ve enjoyed my day here.”
Ibekwe said the fair provided a variety of school supplies, making preparing for the upcoming school year easier.
“It’s great to get any little thing you can get,” she said. “When I go to Staples I can cut down my school supply list.”
Dr. Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer PGCPS, said the fair provided free immunizations to students and gave away thousands of free backpacks.
“We have some issues with needy folks in our community, so we have backpacks full of school supplies,” Maxwell said. “Parents have the ability to visit stations for all of schools and see some of the different programs going on.”
Throughout the event, musical groups from several schools gave performances.
Shirah Simmons, a teacher at Fort Washington Forest Elementary, brought her goddaughter to the fair to take a look at some of the programs offered at the other schools.
“The fair is important because it tells parents about the services provided for all learners,” Simmons said. “It also gets the children excited about coming to school and especially it gives a positive outlook for Prince George’s County Public Schools.”
Mialan Love, a second grade teacher at Indian Queen Elementary school, said the fair gives students and parents a positive start to the school year, but said there are setbacks to having a countywide fair.
“Unless it’s at the neighborhood level, it’s not as helpful to parents and students” Love said. “We really need that focus.”
Love said Indian Queen Elementary School children can expect the implementation of a lot of technology in the new school year.
Charoscar Coleman, the new principal at Dr. Henry A Wise Jr. High School, said their booth had a steady flow of parents and students trying to learn more about the academic programs of the school and meet the staff.
“I think it’s important for schools to renew their relationship with the parents and community,” Coleman said.
According to Maxwell, more than 10,000 guests showed up to the arena to view the schools and talk to teachers. The line for the backpack giveaway stretched well into the hallway and lasted throughout the whole day.
Evalani Pearson, 7, got her face painted at the fair and received a backpack of school supplies. In the new school year, she said she would be starting the second grade at Chesapeake Math and Information Technology.
Christien Edelen, the 15-year-old quarterback for Surratsville high school, said he was excited for school to start.
“I just want to get it done with,” Christien said.