Laurel residents will have their second opportunity in less than a week to see Zabrina Epps and David Murray — the two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Prince George's County Board of Education — speak to the issues at a forum Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Beltsville.

The candidates appeared at a county-wide forum for the board on Sept. 25 at Prince George's Community College, but next Monday's event is a chance for Laurel voters to see the two in a forum much closer to home.

The event is sponsored by the Beltsville Citizen's Association, High Point High School PTSA and Beltsville Academy PTSA.

For more information, contact Beltsville Citizen's Association President Karen Coakley at 301-937-3490.


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King Middle kicks off 27th season of PGCPS Science Bowl

The Science Bowl team from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School was the first team to compete in the 27th season of the of the science quiz program.

The team went up against Stephen Decatur Middle School Sept. 25 at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Landover.

More than 7,000 students have competed in the bowl since its inception in 1986.

New Science Bowl shows will air this fall on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 38.

Interim superintendent to present at education forum

Prince George's County Public Schools interim superintendent Alvin Crawley will speak at an education forum Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., at the Kenhill Center in Bowie.

Titled "What are the next steps for Prince George's County Public Schools?" the forum is hosted by the city of Bowie's Education Committee, and will feature Crawley, Acting Deputy Superintendent of Academics Duane Arbogast and Board of Education Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs.

After the presentation, the speakers will field questions from the audience.

Crawley was named interim superintendent last month to succeed the departing William Hite, and the board has begun the process of searching for Hite's permanent replacement next year.

According to a release from the board last month, Crawley has been working to assess the system's five priority areas: student achievement, effective teaching, safe and supportive schools, community partnerships and effective operations.

For more information on the forum, call 301-575-5601.

Schools, county take on 'Redskins Read Challenge'

Prince George's County Public Schools have partnered with County Executive Rushern Baker III and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation to encourage reading among Washington-area students.

The Redskins Read Challenge will reward students in the metro area who read 10 or more books during the 2012-13 school year with a certificate and entry into a drawing for additional prizes.

The challenge kicked off Sept. 25 at FedEx Field in Landover, where the Washington Redskins play. More than 200 students from Prince George's schools attended the event at which local officials and Redskins players read to them.

"When we work together as a team, it is a winning combination for our children," Baker said in a statement. "It enables us to maximize our resources and provide students with educational enrichment opportunities that will help to shape their future and expose them to the wonderful things this world has to offer. The Redskins' Foundation and its corporate sponsors are making a great contribution to our community by encouraging young people to read and treasure books."

The program is also in partnership with NRG Energy Inc.