Rukayat Muse-Ariyoh, a
senior at Charles H. Flowers High School, was elected to serve as the student member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education.
“I hope to be the voice of the students,” said Muse-Ariyoh, 16.
Muse-Ariyoh said she is waiting to learn more about how the recently restructured school board operates and to hear from the students who elected her before deciding what issues she wants to pursue.
“As the school year starts to develop I’ll have a more detailed platform,” she said. “The main goal is that we are always focusing on the students’ education and making it better, no matter what.”
Muse-Ariyoh is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association and president of the Muslim Student Association at her school. She is also the treasurer of the Class of 2014 at Flowers.
Six groups have won D.C. government grants to help create “community schools” that offer support beyond the classroom, including social services and health care.
Each of the six groups — partnerships among schools and community organizations — will receive $166,667 to use during the 2013-14 school year.
The schools are:
■The Next Step, Youth Build and LAYC Career Academy charters
■Briya charter and Bancroft Elementary
■E.L. Haynes’s middle and high schools
■Jefferson Academy and Amidon-Bowen Elementary.
— Emma Brown