News Release: Parkdale High School Student Sworn-in as Student Board Member

News Release: Parkdale High School Student Sworn-in as Student Board Member

August 11, 2016
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Office of Communications
301-952-6001

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Parkdale High School senior Juwan Blocker was sworn in Wednesday as student member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

“I eagerly await the opportunity to offer a student perspective on matters that directly impact my peers,” Blocker said.


Blocker represents nearly 130,000 Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students, providing the Board of Education with a student viewpoint on a wide range of issues, including school infrastructure, school funding, and classroom technology.

The Student Member of the Board plays a vital role in representing the student voice on significant issues and policies,” said Dr. Segun C. Eubanks, Board Chair. “Mr. Blocker has displayed an extraordinary level of commitment to student advocacy. We look forward to working with him during the upcoming school year.”

Blocker was elected last school year by members of the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments. He has advocated in Annapolis for adequate school funding, organized and led peaceful in-school demonstrations for victims of police-involved shootings and supported lowering the voting age in municipal elections to 16 years old. He is also the youngest-ever recipient of the Prince George's County Forty Under 40 Award presented by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund.

 

 


 -30-

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.