Legislators Give $500

To Green Valley School

State Sen. Gloria G. Lawlah and Dels. Darryl A. Kelley, Obie Patterson and Veronica L. Turner, all of District 26 in Prince George's County, donated $500 from their campaign treasury to Green Valley Elementary School in Temple Hills. A check was presented on Feb. 4 to Principal Karen Kunkel and PTA President Horace Anding after Lawlah visited the school to discuss the need to upgrade the electrical system and improve wiring.

Maryland Reschedules

Graduation Ceremony

The University of Maryland commencement ceremony has been changed from 9:30 a.m. on May 23 to 7 p.m. on May 22 at the Comcast Center on campus. The student procession will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the platform party marching in at 7. Franklin Raines, CEO of Fannie Mae, is commencement speaker.

Individual college and departmental celebrations will take place the next day. In a statement, university President C.D. Mote Jr. said the idea was to have an evening event that would bring graduates together with family and friends.

Health Group Honors

Hoyer as 'Champion' The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care honored U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who represents part of Prince George's County, with its first National Champion Award on Feb. 10 at Northwestern High School. Hoyer was selected as the organization's inaugural recipient because of his central role in creating the first federal program for school-based health centers.

In 1993, Hoyer led the move for congressional approval of $3.25 million to 20 communities for the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities initiative.

Since 1993, the funding level for the initiative has reached $22 million, and more than 160,000 uninsured and underserved children receive primary medical and mental health care in 78 school-based health centers.

4 Pupils Win Prizes

In King Essay Contest

Catherine T. Reed Elementary School fourth-graders Sanford Sebastian Booth II and Vincent Jenkins and Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary fifth-graders Tyler K. Anderson and Katrice St. Rose are winners of the Prince George's Plaza "What Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream Means to Me" writing contest.

The students read their essays on Saturday at an awards ceremony in their honor as part of the Hyattsville mall's Black History Month celebration. Each will be awarded a $25 mall gift certificate.

In celebration of King's achievements, Prince George's Plaza invited local elementary school students to submit essays on the meaning of King's legacy in their lives. All entries will be displayed in the mall's Center Court. The winning essays were selected from among 83 received from fourth- through sixth-grade students throughout the region.

-- Willie Pugh

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