The Glass Gazette: Back to School Edition

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August 24, 2023

MCPS Back-to-School Fair

Kick off the new school year by visiting the annual MCPS Back-to-School Fair this Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Westfield Wheaton. Enjoy music, entertainment and giveaways, plus health screenings and free immunizations. This is a great opportunity to learn more about important MCPS programs and other county resources and services. 

Free shuttle transportation will be available from Montgomery Blair, Paint Branch, Gaithersburg and Richard Montgomery high schools. Learn more here.

Flyer for the MCPS Back to School Fair.

MCPS Give BACKpacks

You can help MCPS students prepare for the new school year by donating to the MCPS GIVE BACKpacks campaign. The donation drive was created to help provide students and their families with the basic school supplies needed at the start of the school year. A $20 donation covers the cost of a backpack filled with school supplies. 

You can also sponsor a student, a classroom, a grade level or an entire school. Backpacks are distributed to students in need at the beginning of the school year. Learn more and donate.

MCPS Give BackPacks logo.

Thank You to Our Interns

When I was in college, I was unable to accept internships because none of them were paid. Fast forward decades later, I'm proud to pay my interns so they can support themselves while also supporting the residents of Montgomery County. As the summer winds down and students head back to classes, I want to give a special thanks to our amazing summer interns: Bryan, Amanda, Gretchen and Kaylee, for their hard work and dedication to providing incredible constituent services!

Council President Glass poses for a photo with 4 student interns at the Council dais.

The Arc’s 65th Anniversary

For 65 years the Arc Montgomery County has supported youth, adults and families affected by disabilities like autism and Down syndrome. The services they provide, including childcare and workforce training, have been invaluable to the community. It was a joy to celebrate their anniversary and swear-in their new board of directors. My appreciation to these hardworking staff and volunteers who are helping others live to their fullest potential.

Council President Glass poses with The Arc’s employee of the year.

Honoring College Tracks

As a first generation college student, I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mother, growing ever more worried and frustrated as we tried to navigate the complex web of admission applications and financial aid forms. I only wish an organization like College Tracks was there to help us. 

Thankfully, this organization is celebrating 20 years of helping students and their families through the college admissions process. Since 2003, College Tracks has supported more than 9,000 Montgomery County students from low-income and immigrant families go to college. It's an incredible organization that works to ensure all Montgomery County students have the option to pursue opportunities in higher education. I was proud to honor them at the Council and recognize their important work.

Group photo at the Council dais with Council President Glass, Councilmembers and College Tracks students and staff.

Culinary Arts Education at Sunflower Bakery

I’m used to making a lot of tough decisions, but choosing among all the delicious baked goods at Sunflower Bakery was among the toughest! Sunflower Bakery helps train young adults with learning differences in pastry arts, hospitality and related industries. Sunflower provides inclusive professional training opportunities in the Metropolitan Washington area that combine technical hard skills with soft skills of employment readiness. Plus, their pastries are delicious! Pay them a visit to check it out for yourself.

Council President Glass looks at a display case of baked goods at Sunflower Bakery.

English Premier Soccer

Students from Weller Road Elementary School had a blast practicing with the English Premier League’s pro soccer athletes this summer. Players and coaches from different English teams ran a soccer camp for 40 Weller Road students and several students received tickets to see the teams play at FedEx Field. My summer interns had the opportunity to join in on the fun.

Props to MCPS and the Montgomery County Education Association for keeping our next generation of soccer players active and engaged during summer break!

Side by side: Glass office interns pose with pro soccer athletes; Students train with pro athletes at a soccer camp.

What to Know About Student Loans

The pause on student loan payments is coming to an end, causing stress and anxiety for many borrowers and their families. It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest rules and repayment programs. The Gaithersburg Financial Empowerment Center is hosting a series of webinars that will cover what individuals need to know about managing, repaying and borrowing student loans. Don’t miss this helpful series with nationally recognized student loan expert Dr. Tisa Canady. Find topics, dates and register here.

Student loans informational meeting flyer.

Did You Know?

MCPS Athletics is launching an enhanced sports medicine program for the 2023-24 school year. The partnership with MedStar Health will include certified athletic trainers in each high school to enhance the school system’s sports medicine program for scholastic athletics. This is the first program partnership of its kind in the state and will provide medical oversight and support for the school-based athletic trainers throughout the school year.

Good luck to all the student athletes this year!

Athletic trainer assists a student athlete on an athletic field. Credit: MCPS.

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