Pointer Ridge gets new playground


PointerRidgeplaygroundPointer Ridge Elementary School in Upper Marlboro has an updated playground thanks to the efforts of Bowie City Council Member Isaac C. Trouth.

“We greatly appreciate Council Member Trouth’s support in Board District 5,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, chairman of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. “Community partnerships play an important role in providing schools with additional resources when school districts face challenging economic times.”

To fund the playground upgrades, Trouth donated his City Council salary and worked with State Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters and the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Maryland, Inc., to raise grant and matching funds for upgrades to the school’s playground, including resurfacing the playground’s blacktop area. Funds will also be used for improvements at Bowie High School.

Jacobs and Trouth were joined during a ribbon cutting last week by Senator JJ Peters; Diane Polangin, mayor pro tem for the City of Bowie; Altmann Pannell, representative for County Council Member Ingrid Turner; Rufus R. Little, III, vice president of Kappa Alpha Psi; Richard Lucas, vice president, Bowie State University; Walt Kirkland, president of 100 Black Men; Jeffrey Smith, vice president of Ternbery Homeowner’s Association; Pointer Ridge principal Mary Stephenson; and Berdenia Stanley, coordinating secretary of the school’s PTA.