Prince George’s County Kicks Off Stuff The Bus Back to School Supply Drive
Opening Day Event is on Monday, July 15 at 10 a.m.

By PRESS OFFICER
Department of Public Works and Transportation

LARGO, Md. (July 3, 2024)—The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is excited to announce the return of its annual Stuff The Bus Back to School Supply Drive, scheduled to run from Monday, July 15 to Friday, August 16, 2024. This initiative provides an opportunity for DPW&T, its partners, and community members to support students by providing new backpacks and essential classroom supplies. DPW&T will kick off the school supply drive with an opening day event on Monday, July 15, 10 a.m. at DPW&T headquarters in Largo.

“Stuff The Bus is our premier community event, and we are Prince George’s Proud for the opportunity to provide families and children with free backpacks and school supplies, especially when finances are tight,” said DPW&T Director Michael D. Johnson. “We encourage residents who are able, to pick up a few extra school supplies during their regular shopping and join DPW&T, along with our partners as we Stuff The Bus with essential classroom supplies.”


Prince George’s County Stuff The Bus Back to School Supply Drive

Donations Accepted: July 15 –August 16: Monday–Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: 9400 Peppercorn Place, Largo, MD 20774 (End of the cul-de-sac)


About Stuff The Bus:

Since its inception, the Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive has garnered overwhelming support and donations from County Government agencies, staff, community organizations, and residents. To date, Stuff The Bus has collected and distributed over 40,000 school supply items. Stuff The Bus 2024 event partners include Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations, Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Prince George’s County Association of Realtors, and Proud Pearls of Prince George’s, An Official Interest Group of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Prince George’s County Public Schools 2024–2025 academic year begins Monday, August 26, 2024. DPW&T invites the community to donate supplies and join this year’s effort to support Prince George’s County’s future leaders. For more information on how to participate, please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/departments-offices/news-events/news/stuff-thebus?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery  or contact Angela Rouson, Chief of Communications, at AJRouson@co.pg.md.us.

 

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Prince George’s County Native Stamaur ‘Ayye Pap’ Mitchell Returns Home for Second Rap Session to Empower Youth
Seat Pleasant, MD, July 23, 2024, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

By PRESS OFFICER
Rap Sessions

Stamaur ‘Ayye Pap’ Mitchell is excited to return home from LA for his second Rap Session on July 23, 2024, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, located at 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, MD 20743. This event comes at a crucial time as our communities face numerous challenges daily, with a notable rise in youth crime.

With violent crime up 39% last year, the youth crime emergency in the DMV area has reached a critical point. Many of our young people are caught up in this surge, making it more important than ever to engage and support them. This interactive panel discussion, moderated by Talk2Trey of 93.9 WKYS, will bring together passionate advocates for underserved causes. They will share their personal insights and experiences while offering solutions to overcome life’s challenges.

“This isn’t just a discussion; it’s a movement to meet our youth where they are, offering sound advice and guidance,” says Mitchell. “Let’s come together to support, uplift, and keep inspiring the next generation.”

Discussion Contributors:


Sommer Hill

Sommer Hill is a journalist and social media strategist who uses her skills to advocate for social justice and the arts. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Sommer grew up in several cities, including Detroit, Toronto, and the District of Columbia. She holds a BA in Media, Journalism, and Film from Howard University with a minor in Spanish. Sommer gained production experience working with NBC, CBS, Fox, and BET. She is currently the senior social media associate for NPR and the host of her own talk show ‘It’s Sommer Time’.


Amber Rayne
 
Amber “Amber Rayne” Matthews is a Black woman visual artist and filmmaker from Maryland known for producing a range of film projects including commercials, short films, music videos, documentaries, and creative content. Additionally, she also works as an event coordinator, production coordinator, and stage manager for various music-based events including the annual Broccoli City Festival in DC, Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, and various other events and showcases. As an HBCU graduate of Bowie State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts with a concentration in Advertising Design, she aims to provide opportunities and education for minorities and specifically women of color through her production work. Her goal and purpose is to explore the music, fashion, and beauty industry through the lens of film making and event production by producing creative projects, curating experiences, and creating visual images.

Yaddiya

Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson is a star in D.C.’s arts community, founder of Long Live GoGo, and a member of the Kennedy Center’s Culture Caucus. He is dedicated to advancing racial equity and preserving go-go music, the heartbeat of D.C.’s Black culture.

Abu Sillah

Abu Sillah, from Prince George’s County, MD, is a dynamic professional excelling as a Business Owner, Educator, and Media Relations expert. As CEO of The DMV Daily, he showcases entrepreneurial prowess and strategic marketing. Abu inspires as a dedicated Middle School Teacher and contributes to RadioOne DC as a Promotions Assistant. He holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Master's in Organizational Communications from Bowie State University, where he is also pursuing a second Master’s in Teaching. A proud member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. and the National Association for Black Journalists, Abu actively engages in professional networks to stay current and foster community connections.


PATisDope

Landover, Maryland native Patrick Blanchard, also known as PATisDOPE, has established a name for himself through his successful fashion-forward social media platforms and a keen understanding of streetwear culture and marketing. With a background in communications from Salisbury University and a passion for fashion, today, Blanchard owns What Should I Call My Store? located in Bowie Town Center and has become a nationally recognized brand with high-profile clientele. Patrick Blanchard’s journey from a student with a passion for fashion and entertainment to a renowned blog connoisseur and entrepreneur serves as a testament to the power of hard work and dedication. The What Should I Call My Store: Entrepreneur Track Program embodies his belief in local success, providing high school students who are aspiring entrepreneurs the tools and support to achieve their goals within their own communities, while integrating valuable STEM concepts to prepare them for a future in business.


Diamond Frazier

Diamond B. Frazier is a 5-year Certified Youth Mentor and Life Coach and a 10-year personal finance instructor. Diamond specializes in helping clients achieve their personal and financial goals by providing a client-focused, result-driven, motivational learning approach and experience.
 

Event Highlights:

• Raffle giveaways

• Supportive service vendors

Be there and be part of the change! All ages are welcome to join this empowering event aimed at making a positive impact on our youth and communities.

For more information, contact: Terra Stephens (301) 455-9319


Rap Sessions, an organization founded by Stamaur Mitchell with the intention of facilitating meaningful dialogue between influential community members and youth.

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