Montpelier Elementary recognized nationally for health program [South Laurel/Montpelier]

Congrats to the faculty and students of Montpellier Elementary for achieving a bronze level award in the national Healthy Schools Program, part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The program focuses on the need to prevent and treat childhood obesity. To earn national recognition, schools must meet the criteria in seven different categories: policy/systems, school meals, food and beverage, health education, employee wellness, physical education and student wellness. Students and staff are both included in the program evaluation. Great to know that Montpelier Elementary is leading the way in achieving a healthier school environment!

Steve Haversack, of Montpelier, announces that the Greater Laurel United Soccer Club is offering four international summer camps this season. There are two Brazilian soccer camps, one British soccer camp and a British Multi-Sports camp, which will teach the young participants rugby, cricket and other traditional British sports. There is also an eight-week Summer Saturday Skills Academy starting July 12. This would be a great way to encourage participation in the Healthier Generation goals. More information on these programs can be found at

Prince George's County Police District VI, which serves our community, is hosting the 31st annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the police station, 4321 Sellman Road, in Beltsville. Displays include a K-9 demonstration, new police motorcycles and cruisers, horse mounted unit and a "bomb sniffing" robot. For the active folks, there will be a moon bounce, football throwing contest and a dunk tank. Free food including hot dogs, burgers, salads and desserts will be served. Parking is available at several locations. This is a great chance to get to know our community police force and to have a great time - all for free!  More information may be obtained at

As the days of summer wind down towards evening, spend some relaxing family time viewing free movies on the Montpelier Mansion grounds sponsored by the Montpelier Arts Center. The showings begin at dusk. The scheduled films are "Frozen" rated PG, Wednesday, July 2; "Steamboy," PG 13, Wednesday, July 23; and "Where the Wild Things Are," PG, Wednesday, Aug. 6. For further information, call the Arts Center at 301-777-7800. 

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