Media Advisory: Chinese Delegation Comes to Prince George's County

Media Advisory: Chinese Delegation Comes to Prince George's County

July 26, 2016
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Office of Communications
301-952-6001
WHO:
Changping District students and faculty, Beijing, China Paint Branch Elementary School and Suitland High School studentsDr. Tehani Collazo, Education Policy Advisor for the Office of the County Executive
WHAT:
Chinese Delegation Visit to Prince George’s County
WHEN:
July 27-29, 2016
WHERE:

July 27 • Suitland High School

5200 Silver Hill Road, Forestville


July 28 • Paint Branch Elementary School

5101 Pierce Avenue, College Park


July 29 • County Administration Building

14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro

BACKGROUND:
Prince George’s County is welcoming a delegation of visitors from Beijing, China for a three-day visit. Eighteen high school students, two teachers/chaperones, and one interpreter will have the opportunity to learn more about culture, public education and government in Prince George’s County.   The delegation will visit Suitland High School to observe the arts program in action and participate in group activities with students. The group will also visit Paint Branch Elementary School’s Chinese Immersion summer camp program. On the final day, Dr. Tehani Collazo, Education Policy Advisor for the Office of the County Executive, will host a tour of government offices.   In September 2015, the signing of a Friendly School Agreement established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Prince George's County Board of Education for Prince George's County Public Schools (BOE-PGCPS) and the Ermao Primary School and Changping No. 1 High School in Beijing. The goal is to establish international relationships that link cultures, enhance the curriculum to promote student achievement and establish friendships between teachers and students from both countries.

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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.