Charles Carroll Middle School (CCMS) is rapidly evolving into one of the top educational institutions in Prince George’s County. Chick-Fil-A is giving the school a chance to raise up to $10,000 to fund some of its many needs. Budget cuts have left many programs without the means to operate. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is leading this movement. With only 19 days remaining before the doors close on this opportunity, they are desperately seeking the help of the community.
The Title One school is selling 2012 calendars containing a plethora of coupons for Chick-Fil-A restaurants. A calendar cost six dollars and contains coupons valued over thirty dollars. The coupons never expire and can be used at any restaurant nationwide. Anyone can come to the school at any time to purchase a calendar. If you cannot travel to CCMS but still want to be a part of their fundraiser, contact John Wesolowski. (All contact information can be found at the conclusion of the article.)
CCMS is a community hub of New Carrollton, Maryland. It is more than just a public school. It is the home of New Carrollton’s Boys & Girls Club. It is the home of Voice of the Last Days Ministry. It is a home for Faith Based Community Outreach Group (FBCOG). Amongst the many other Christian services provided by FBCOG is the Food Pantry, which draws several hundred needy people from the neighborhood regularly. They come to CCMS for food, clothing, and many other basic survival needs. Most of all, it’s a place where they can find someone who cares and is willing to listen.
CCMS has staff members who are truly a dream come true to students and parents alike. For example, Ms. Joy Long, a science teacher from West Virginia, has new materials for her kids everyday. She has a room filled with class pets, including a hamster she bought for them this week. She has a computer filled with iPad apps to enhance her students’ learning process, all paid for out of her own pocket. She does all of this for her kids and never seeks recognition. Ms. Long regularly buys supplies for kids, stays before and after school with them, and ensures that they are not only learning each day but enjoying each day as well. Her acts are absolutely commendable, and there are many others just like her. CCMS teachers are known for going above and beyond on behalf of the children, but it takes a village to raise a child. It would be easier, more effective and more powerful for the community to take care of CCMS’ kids than for a few teachers to try to do it all themselves.
A magical place is CCMS, where boys and girls are not only taught Math and Science but also right from wrong. The faculty and staff remain concerned about improving scores but focus more on developing young men and women. To do this, they empower many people to lead clubs and organizations within the school. Women In Search of Excellence (WISE) and Men of Carroll (M-O-C) are mentoring groups within the school. Tracy Paul runs the Art Club, which is highly active, educational and quite inspirational to its members. There are countless tutoring groups that meet at CCMS with both students and neighborhood children in an attempt to prepare them for life in the business world. Imagine what they could do with a $10,000 budget.
There are too many groups at the school to name them all, but there is always something positive going on for neighborhood kids at CCMS. The school is open to the needs and wants of the New Carrollton-Riverdale community every day of the week.
In order for the school to continue and expand on all of these tremendous feats, they need to raise money to fund day-to-day operations. PTO President Karen Lee is doing everything possible to get the staff, students, and parents behind this movement. This one fundraiser could be the reason so many things are possible for deserving kids that otherwise would not be. It was the job of the staff and students to get this ball rolling, but it will be the community itself that decides if Charles Carroll gets what it needs.
Don’t just be a bystander. This is an s-o-s call. Be a part of the movement to save our students and support our schools. Start with Charles Carroll Middle.
Charles Carroll Middle School
6130 Lamont Drive New Carrollton, MD 20784