• Staff and students at Dr. James Craik Elementary School recently held an annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit families in need in Southern Maryland. Students and staff collected nearly 900 donated items, which were given to the Southern Maryland Food Bank.
  • The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Mary H. Matula Elementary School held a "Muffins for Mom" event on Friday, Nov. 2. PTO members served muffins, punch and juice to more than 500 guests, including 200 mothers at the event. The event was held to encourage moms to come and enjoy a muffin with their children before the start of their school day. The PTO held a companion event, "Donuts with Dad," in October, in which more than 150 dads attended.
  • Thomas Stone High School was recently announced as the "November 2012 Best Practices of the Month" school by the Maryland Center for Character Education (MCCE). Stone was also selected to be featured on the center's website, www.mdctrcharacter.org/ , and in their monthly newsletter for their strength of character education programs. Stone is a 2012 School of the Year award winner and was recently recognized statewide as a 2011-2012 Character Education school. Last year, Stone received a School of Character honorable mention award and was named an Emerging School of Character in 2010. In 2009, the MCCE honored Stone with a Maryland State School of Character award. Stone staff has implemented several character education initiatives within their school community including the "Capturing Kids Hearts" and "Cougar Pride" programs.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.