School Notes: 3,000 Middle School Students Receive iPads

School Notes: 3,000 Middle School Students Receive iPads

Plus: Safe Routes to School Forum on Saturday; Mental Health Fair scheduled

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Middle school students receive free iPads

Through a new partnership with Verizon, more than 3,000 students at Argyle, Forest Oak and Neelsville middle schools recently received free iPads.

The partnership provides free internet access for students and training for teachers about how to use technology in the classroom. The Verizon investment totals about $5.4 million, according to MCPS.

Since 2012, the Verizon Innovative Learning program has committed $400 million to support education across the country.

Safe Routes to School Forum on Saturday

A forum about pedestrian safety, especially for students, is scheduled for Saturday.

The forum, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, will bring together community members and county officials to ensure walking and bus routes for students are safe. The event will include discussions about sidewalks, cycling paths, bus stop locations and parent drop-off areas.

Montgomery County Council members, County Executive Marc Elrich, police department representatives, Planning Department staff and Department of Transportation staff are expected to attend.

The event will end at 12:30 p.m.

Mental Health Fair scheduled

The annual MCPS Mental Health fair will be held Nov. 9 at Gaithersburg High School.

The event, which will be held from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. will include breakout sessions about children’s mental health, student stress management, social media influences, self care, food and nutrition and vaping.

More than two dozen community organizations will attend to provide resources and information for families.

Celeste Malone, associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University, will deliver the keynote address on Breaking Barriers to Access Youth Mental Health Care.

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