Washington Redskins, Celebrity Chef to Highlight Annual 'Men Make a Difference Day,' Which Connects Elementary Students to Male Role Models

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On Monday, October 10, 2016, Prince George’s County Public Schools Talented and Gifted magnet school Capitol Heights Elementary will conduct a day of hand-on activities and seminars to engage and inspire male students.

We must reinforce that despite any odds our male students 'can and will' succeed in this life. It is our desire to advocate and empower our young males. ~Nina Lattimore, Principal, Capitol Heights ES

On Monday, October 10, 2016 Washington, D.C.-area community leaders and public figures will join Capitol Heights Elementary School (CHES) Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) along with the CHES administration for the school’s annual ‘Men Make a Difference Day.’

‘Men Make a Difference Day’ is designed to engage and empower Prince George’s County Public School District (PGCPS) male students of color ages 7-11 through hands-on activities and motivation from male mentors, role models, community leaders and influencers in Capitol Heights, MD and across the D.C. metropolitan area.

This year’s event will feature participation by: Washington Redskins players via the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation; Chef Serge Pambo, Executive Chef of Georgetown French bistro Maxime, who has competed on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and Beat Bobby Flay; Marcus N. Jones, creator of D.C.-area fitness program BoxerciZe, LLC; Capitol Heights Police Chief Anthony L. Ayers, Sr.; scholar-activist and thought-leader Okey K. Enyia; PGCPS Board of Education member and thought leader Curtis Valentine; and more.

"Our young men need to continue to see the great things that men in our community do daily. It is our goal as educators to highlight the positive in what we bring to our students," said CHES Principal Nina Lattimore. "With the heavy plague of recent murders among our black men by law enforcement and within the community -- we must reinforce that despite any odds they 'can and will' succeed in this life. It is my desire to advocate and empower our young males."

“Beyond formal education, it is critical that our students have the opportunity to see, touch, dream and visualize the possibilities for their futures directly with men of color who are living it,” said CHES PTSA President Meghan Thornton. “Given national current events and discourse, which too often focuses on the negative or marginalizes young men of color, events like Men Make a Difference Day are more important now than ever."

CHES is a high-performing Talented and Gifted magnet school in the Prince Georges County Public School District. Located in an area of the County with many underperforming schools, CHES is consistently recognized as a beacon of success on account of its community partnerships, strong leadership, tight-knit parent and teacher community and innovative approach to education including Arts Integration and Dual Language programs.

For more information or media inquiries on ‘Men Make a Difference Day,’ contact:

Nina Lattimore
Principal, Capitol Heights Elementary School
(301) 817-0494

Meghan Thornton
President, CHES PTSA
(202) 412-9962

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