Laurel schools celebrate Read Across America Day

In Howard, Prince George's and Anne Arundel county schools students donned their Cat in the Hat hats and ate green eggs and ham — all while reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books to celebrate Read Across America Day March 1.

Created by the National Education Association in 1997, Read Across America Day encourages literacy and celebrates the birthday of Theodor Geisel, known to millions of readers as Dr. Seuss.

At Brock Bridge Elementary School, parents visited classrooms to read Dr. Seuss books, while some children wore "Thing 1 and Thing 2" wigs as they listened. In the pre-kindergarten class, students helped make their own meal of green eggs and ham.

In Howard County schools, county officials and school board members visited several schools and read books by Dr. Seuss.

Meanwhile, in Prince George's County, Board of Education District 1 representative Zabrina Epps read to students at Bond Mill and Laurel elementary schools, according to a release from the school system.

"Reading is leading; if you can read, you can do anything," Epps said. "Our students love to read, and judging by their expression, it shows."

Students at Bond Mill and Laurel were also read to by television personalities from NBC 4 morning news in Washington.

Interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley said Read Across America Day was "truly a powerful day for our youngest readers."

"Literacy is the gateway to your dreams," he said. "We were thrilled to have our community partners join us in sending this message to our students."

Excellence in Education offers scholarships

The Excellence in Education Foundation of Prince George's County Public Schools last week announced several scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.

The Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary activism in the causes of freedom, democratic values and constitutional principles. Ten students will be awarded $2,000 each.

The Community Service Scholarship is for students who have demonstrated an active engagement in community services activities that yield positive outcomes. Ten students will be awarded $2,000 each.

The Superintendent's Scholarship will be awarded to students who exemplify excellence in academic achievement, and distinguish themselves as scholars. Two students will be awarded $5,000 each.

For more information on how to apply for the scholarships, go to

All applications, essays and related documents are due to high school guidance counselors by Wednesday, March 27. For more information, contact Kara Libby, coordinating supervisor for academic programs, at 301-808-5956, or at

Nominations open for county teacher of the year award

Nominations for the 2013 Prince George's County Teacher of the Year are due to the school system's Office of Communications by Friday, March 22.

The Prince George's County Teacher of the Year will go on to compete for the Maryland Teacher of the Year Award. The state's Teacher of the Year program recognizes the work done by outstanding teachers.

Students in grades 10-12 have another way to participate in the Teacher of the Year festivities: an essay contest with the theme "How My Teacher Inspires Me To Do My Best." Submissions must include the student's name, school, teacher and grade, and must be sent to the school system's Office of Communications by Wednesday, April 10.

The first-place winners — one for every grade level — will be recognized at the Teacher of the Year Reception Thursday, May 2, at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt.

More information on the teacher nominations and essay contest can be found at

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