Prince Georges County Executive Rushern L. Baker III announced Monday that the Peterson Family Foundation is donating $1 million to Teach For America-D.C. Region for its work in the county’s schools.
The contribution from the family foundation associated with the Peterson Cos., one of the largest privately-held real estate development companies in the Washington region and developer of National Harbor in Prince George’s County, was announced at the William W. Hall Academy in Capitol Heights, Md., a pre-K-8 school whose principal entered public education through the Teach For America program in D.C.
“Since moving to Prince George’s County, being a parent to three PGCPS graduates and serving as an elected official, I have made it a point to ask everyone who works and lives in Prince George’s County to think about how they can contribute to the success of our county’s children,” Baker said. “To have a partner like the Peterson Companies step up in such a significant way is a great example for other businesses and individuals in our community. Prince George’s County thanks Milt Peterson and the Peterson Foundation for, once again, demonstrating their commitment to our communities, our families, and most importantly, our students. Like I’ve said, education is everybody’s business.”
The $1 million commitment will be given over four years to Teach For America-D.C. Region, with the money specifically earmarked for Prince George’s County.
“County Executive Baker is right on point when he says that Education is everybodys business, and our family is proud to answer that call,” said Milt Peterson, principal and chairman of Peterson Companies. “Prince George’s County is on such an upswing, and we agree that investing in the countys public schools through proven, successful programs like Teach For America is a critical component to keep building that momentum.”
Kevin M. Maxwell, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, said the contribution will help enable Teach For America to continue to attract committed, student-driven educators to join the school system.
“Teach For America has a tremendous track record, not just in Prince George’s County but across the region and the nation,” Maxwell said. “The program has made significant contributions to our system, and we are grateful to the Peterson Cos. For ensuring that resources will continue to be there for Teach For Americas work to continue in Prince George’s.”
Source: Washington Informer