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Contest for CCPS fourth graders to represent in 2024 Maryland Day Celebration

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is participating in the St. Mary’s City annual Maryland Day Celebration on Saturday, March 23. A fourth-grade student is selected through an essay contest to represent the school system and Charles County at the celebration. Students must submit an essay response to the prompt, “What makes Charles County a great place to live?”

CCPS fourth-grade students are eligible and are permitted one entry per student. Essays should be 150-350 words and if typed, double spaced.

Students who are interested in entering the contest should submit their essays to their fourth-grade teachers before Monday, Jan. 29. Fourth-grade teachers should send the completed essays via pony mail to Allen Hopkins, CCPS social studies resource teacher, at the Jesse. L. Starkey Administration Building no later than Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The finalist will be selected by a panel of judges from the CCPS Department of Instruction who will review and score all submissions for content, support and mechanics.

The Maryland Day Celebration holds a flag ceremony in which the finalist will present the Charles County flag before a podium of dignitaries.

Questions should be directed to Hopkins, at

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,598 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).