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Daily Journal, MCPS School Construction (Rock Creek Forest edition)

Yesterday I joined a great event organized by the PTA and MCPS called “Reading Rocks”. I got to read to a group of kindergartners, and I read Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Trying to explain my job to 5 year olds wasn’t exactly easy, so I settled on saying that I worked with the government as an elected official and asked if any of them had gone with their parents to vote. Not many raised their hands – parents take your kids to the polls! It’s habit forming from an early age, according to research.

In discussion with the PTA leaders I learned that the school is at the front of the line for reconstruction. We will see if the County Exec includes enough funding for it when we get the capital budget on Monday.

I was glad to see that the governor is proposing more funds for school construction this year than last year, arguing that the economic activity will generate jobs. The county should follow O’Malley’s lead and stretch our limits until the economy picks up.

The Mini Nut

Enjoying our first trip to the Maryland Youth Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. It’s a shortened version for kids. Still, lots of wiggles in the rows and kids getting caught in those folding theater seats! 🙂

The venue is Montgomery College‘s performing arts stage and it couldn’t be more spectacular.

A Wider Circle

I volunteered today at A Wider Circle, a great nonprofit based in
Silver Spring. We built this bed and tomorrow morning it will be out
the door with a family. I hope having a decent bed for the kids to
sleep on instead of the floor helps this family move more quickly to
self sufficiency.

Walk To School Day

This is the spectacular view from my seat at the county’s Walk To
School Day, where I joined superintendent Starr, County Executive
Leggett, and Councilmember Craig Rice. Craig fired up the crowd of
students at James Daly Elementary and I tell you, the sound of
hundreds of kids screaming is something to behold (in a very good

Asked to speak I told the students how when I was a kid I walked 1.2
miles each way almost every day (I biked some too). It was always an
adventure. Eating plums, splashing puddles, making friends,
bickering with them, and trying desperately to get home before I peed
my pants. I think that formative experience of walking hours each day
helps explain why I’ve always preferred to walk to my job (can’t any
more tho) and why to this day I put such an emphasis on walkability in
our community planning.

Good times.