Rashad Brown, Orlando Dixon, Amelia Garcia, Aurora Lutty, John McKindley Ward, Jamie Monroe, Rayneese Primrose, Marisa Rand, Terrell Richardson, Jami Williams and Alexander Weston, all Prince George's County students, spent their summer break working with artists Dyrell Madison and Kanae White to create "Shared History," a 40-panel, 160-foot mural currently on view at the Mount Rainier artist housing site at 34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue.
The mural is a historic narrative of the Gateway Arts District communities of Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville. The project was sponsored by Gateway Community Development Corp., the Prince George's Department of Housing and Community Development and Department of Family Services, the county Redevelopment Authority and Artspace Projects Inc., developer of the artist housing. Additional support was provided by G. Byron Peck of City Arts Inc. and the Thomas S. Stone Elementary School.
Employees of Todd Allan Printing Co. Inc. of Beltsville recently received a Bridge Builders Award from the Partners for Livable Communities, a national civic organization that seeks to improve communities by promoting quality of life, economic development and social equity. For 20 years, the printing company's employees have given their time and resources to provide such services as editorial assistance, design, layout, Web site creation and help with management and materials printing to support Americans All, a national social sciences education program that teaches democratic principles through the history of the ethnic groups that make up the U.S. population.
Brandon A. Johnson, 22, of Mitchellville received an honorable mention cash award of $100 as one of Maryland's outstanding youths with a disability from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).
The award is given annually to a Maryland resident with a disability. The recipient must show that he or she has overcome personal challenges to pursue educational and/or employment goals.
Johnson, a member of Bowie High School's Class of 2003, is enrolled in the Children's Developmental Clinic at Prince George's Community College. He has been employed as a courtesy clerk by Safeway since 2000 and as a warehouse team member by Kohl's department store. While in high school, he participated in community service projects with the Twelve Oaks Civic Association and at the Hospital for Sick Children. Johnson testified before a Maryland General Assembly subcommittee on funding for a transitional support program for young people.
He said he intends to use his prize money for additional course work at the community college and for his music recording hobby.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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