Back-to-school block party prepares Prince George’s Co. students for class

Students in Prince George's County got ready for upcoming classes at the 8th annual Back-to-School Block Party at Bowie Baybox Sadium Saturday. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Students in Prince George’s County got ready for upcoming classes at the eighth annual Back-to-School Block Party at Bowie Baybox Stadium Saturday. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
The event featured vendors, student services and a backpack giveaway that the county had been preparing for via donations in the month of August. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
The event featured vendors, student services and a backpack giveaway that the county had been preparing for via donations in the month of August. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
The goal for the backpack giveaway was 15,000 backpacks, and the county reached the number, along with hundreds of supplies. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
The county met its goal of collecting 15,000 backpacks, which were given away at Saturday’s block party along with hundreds of other school supplies. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Qwon Wilson with Prince George's County Public Schools said the block party is all about preparing students for the classroom. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Quon Wilson with Prince George’s County Public Schools said the block party is all about preparing students for the classroom. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Any supplies leftover will be distributed to students in the county, who missed out on the block party. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Any supplies leftover will be distributed to students in the county, who missed out on the block party. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
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Students in Prince George's County got ready for upcoming classes at the 8th annual Back-to-School Block Party at Bowie Baybox Sadium Saturday. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
The event featured vendors, student services and a backpack giveaway that the county had been preparing for via donations in the month of August. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
The goal for the backpack giveaway was 15,000 backpacks, and the county reached the number, along with hundreds of supplies. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Qwon Wilson with Prince George's County Public Schools said the block party is all about preparing students for the classroom. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Any supplies leftover will be distributed to students in the county, who missed out on the block party. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

BOWIE, Md. — Students in Prince George’s County got ready for upcoming classes at the eighth annual Back-to-School Block Party at Bowie Baybox Stadium Saturday.

The event — which went from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — featured vendors, student services and a backpack giveaway that the county had been preparing for via donations in the month of August.

The county met its goal of collecting 15,000 backpacks, which were given away at Saturday’s block party along with hundreds of other school supplies.

Quon Wilson, senior public information specialist with Prince George’s County Public Schools, said the block party is all about preparing students for the classroom.

“It’s an amazing way to start the school year off together and that’s what it’s all about,” Wilson said.

Grace Santana is in elementary school and collected everything she needs to head back to school.

“I have a ruler, a glue stick and two notebooks,” she said.

Kathy Diaz, the mother of two students in Prince George’s County, was thankful for the event.

“Financially, it’s a good thing that they’re doing this,” she said.

Any supplies leftover will be distributed to students in the county, who missed out on the block party.

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