Thousands Attend Back-to-School Fair
More than 7,000 students and their families packed the grounds of Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville for the annual Back-to-School Fair on Aug. 24.
Parents had an opportunity to meet with MCPS staff, learn about school system programs and operations, and pick up information about community resources. Highlights of the fair included performances by student and community groups, free health screenings, and entertainment and games for the kids.
Students also had the opportunity to experience Curriculum 2.0 firsthand through a series of hands-on activities in science, fine arts, physical education, and other content areas. Curriculum 2.0 is the improved curriculum for the elementary grades that is being implemented in all kindergarten through Grade 5 classrooms this year.
Montgomery County government agencies and community organizations that participated in the fair included the Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Department of Recreation, Fire and Rescue, Identity Inc., College Savings Plan of Maryland, Montgomery County Council of PTAs, and the City of Rockville.
The Back-to-School Fair was made possible by the support and generosity of local businesses and community organizations.
Platinum sponsors ($20,000 and up) included Kaiser Permanente, Washington Talent Agency/EP3, Party Plus, Montgomery College and Montgomery County Recreation.
Gold Sponsors ($10,000-$19,999) included Univision Washington, Montgomery County Medical Society and La Nueva 87.7. Silver Sponsors ($5,000-$9,999) included Romantica 900 am, Maryland Physicians Care and Walmart). Bronze Sponsors ($2,500-$4,999) were D.C. United, MCCPTA – EPI Big Learning, Carnival Day, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union and Fit Solution.
Chuck Bell from NBC Washington (WRC) served as emcee for the event.