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Rain Garden Rain Garden

On Oct. 17, students from Strathmore Elementary School cut the ribbon to mark the official completion of four MCPS rain gardens. The rain gardens, built by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection in collaboration with MCPS, provide multiple environmental benefits, including improved water quality to local streams which feed into the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. The county and MCPS have also constructed rain gardens at Argyle, Newport Mill and Sligo middle schools.  

Community Service Week Community Service Week

Get ready for a week chock-full of volunteer opportunities across the county in honor of Montgomery County’s 31st annual Community Service Week, set for Oct. 22-29. There will be lots of ways for students and families to help a variety of local nonprofits, schools and government agencies throughout the week, including many projects preapproved for student service learning hours. Check the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s online calendar of volunteer needs for the latest list of projects.

WOM Festival WOM Festival

The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates and displays the rich cultural heritages of Montgomery County and the Washington, D.C., area. This year’s festival will be held from noon–4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Montgomery College Rockville campus. Held rain or shine, the free event includes an international village, a global kitchen with chef demonstrations of traditional ethnic food and a spice market, a craft market, a Parade of Cultures, two performance stages of dance and music and interactive activities for the whole family.

Newport Mill MS Newport Mill MS Video story icon

Newport Mill Middle School was selected as a recipient of The National Foundation for Governor's Fitness Councils DON'T QUIT Award. The school was one of three Maryland schools selected for demonstrating new and innovative ways of promoting student physical activity and wellness. As a recipient of the award, Newport Mill was gifted a $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness center. Governor Hogan and other state and county officials visited Newport on Oct. 10 for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Space Week Space Week Video story icon

Parkland Middle School celebrated World Space Week with a series of special events and programs to observe the contributions that space exploration and technology have made to the world.

SCUP Conference SCUP Conference

Hundreds of MCPS, nonprofit and local government representatives gathered at the 18th Annual School Community United in Partnership Conference on Oct. 6. Topics covered at this year’s event included mental health, suicide prevention, religious diversity and immigration. The keynote speaker was Dr. Courtland Lee of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Walk to School Day Walk to School Day Video story icon

Hundreds of MCPS students, staff and community members celebrated International Walk to School Day on October 4. The annual event promotes pedestrian safety, physical activity and environmental preservation. MCPS and county officials joined members of the Ronald McNair Elementary School community for the walk to the school.

ED Foundation ED Foundation Video story icon

Dozens of Montgomery County business leaders met with Superintendent Jack Smith on Sept. 29 at the second annual Superintendent's Breakfast hosted by the MCPS Educational Foundation. The event highlighted the importance of building partnerships with the business community and growing and enhancing STEM educational opportunities for MCPS students. Students heard from and engaged with experts in the field.