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Join us for the Fifth Annual Countywide Education Budget Forums!
Save the date for when we visit a school near you!”

Potomac Edison Reminds Maryland Customers of Available
Assistance Programs to Help with Winter Bills. 

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services and the Office of Home Energy Programs that helps low-income electric customers pay their electric bills.  ( click here for more information)

It was an honor to present the Maryland Soccerplex and Discovery Sports Center a proclamation recognizing their top ranking from Connect Sports Magazine as the best soccer facility in the nation! Congratulations to the Maryland Soccerplex board, staff, and Executive Director Trish Heffelfinger on their amazing accomplishment!
(Proclamation video)

Proud to be the winner of the 2018 Montgomery County
Council  District 2 Election

Four More Years of Service!

Thankful for my Wife and my Parents for all of their Support during 
2018 Montgomery County Council
District 2 Election!

Council Calls for State To Improve Pedestrian Safety on Local Roads...Rice asked Slater to ensure SHA performs a comprehensive study of all intersections in Montgomery County that are frequently used by students.
“These are kids that are being forced into dangerous situations because we’re not taking those next steps,” Rice said.

Less than 24 hours after six pedestrians were hit by vehicles on a rainy Monday evening, members of the Montgomery County Council were grilling a top Maryland transportation department official on what more could be done to prevent so many tragedies.. (continued)   -  Montgomery County high school student learning to walk again one month after car hit him  - 

by Kevin Lewis/ABC7  (watch)

Montgomery County Sister City of Gondar, Ethiopia invites you to join them  along with Councilmember Craig Rice on an all-inclusive trip filled with rich, cultural experiences!
Click the Link for Details

Unseen; but not Undervalued
Leggett and Rice Break Ground on Clarksburg Historic District Sewer Extension
(press release) (watch)

Proclamation recognizing Hughes Network Systems, LLC's Top Ten Ranking in Fortune Magazine's 2018 "Change the World" list, by Councilmember Craig Rice  (video)

From the Office of Councilmember Craig Rice:  Proud to Announce 
Col. Zadok Magruder High School Student
Chloe Appel 
  2018 Winner of the Montgomery County Council's
Councilmember for A Day Contest 
(press release)

Read Chole Appel's Award Winning Councilmember For A Day Essay:  One in five high school students in the United States suffers from a diagnosable mental
health condition such as anxiety or depression. It may be difficult to understand the impact or
significance of ‘one in five’. To bring this statistic a little closer to home, in Montgomery
County, one in five high school students is equivalent to the student population of Winston
Churchill, Richard Montgomery, Magruder, Walt Whitman, and Wootton High Schools
combined. Nearly 10,000 students in Montgomery County are struggling with a diagnosable,
treatable illness every single day. Approximately 50% of these 10,000 students will be
diagnosed, get the care they need and grow up to be our future doctors, lawyers, teachers – our
leaders of tomorrow. The other 50% – equivalent to the population of Richard Montgomery and
Wootton High Schools are not diagnosed and are at an increased risk for drug abuse, alcoholism,
and suicide. Now imagine governments across the country looking at these same statistics. The
impact is staggering.    (continued)

Junior Achievement
Inspires and Prepares Young People to Succeed

A new program in Montgomery County Maryland is designed to give school children, real life skills...Susan Kenedy has the story 

The Future of Economic Development In Montgomery County:  
Job Growth is a Major Driver of Economic Development
Enterprise opens 10,000th location - and it's on Rockville Pike  
(press release)

 To let students know how welcomed and valued they are
Councilmember Craig  Rice, Chair of the Montgomery County Council Education Committee visits Montgomery Village Middle School on the First Day Back to School 2018

The Goal of the Pre-K Working Group is to ensure we have a world-class, high-quality, mixed delivery early childhood education system for all children in the State of Maryland.
Early Childhood Education Elements of the Preliminary Recommendations. Early Childhood Education: Expands high–quality pre-K to four-year-olds based on a sliding scale and three-year-olds from low-income families; assesses all children to identify those who need supports to be ready to succeed in school; and expands Judy Centers, Family Support Centers, and the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program for children ages 0–5 and their families. ( View Childhood Education written report)

There are more than 160 thousand students who attend Montgomery County public schools. Each and every one of those students deserve an environment where they can live and grow. However, recent events in Florida and Texas have people on edge, asking "Are our schools safe?" Susan Kenedy takes a look at that question

Fire Safety - Carbon Monoxide Alarm:   Councilmember Craig Rice is the lead sponsor of (Bill 23-18), to improve public health and safety by requiring carbon monoxide alarms in homes located in the County. 
(More Information here)

Programs Aligned with Regional Economic Development at Montgomery County Community College (Germantown Campus)

Montgomery County Council has agreed on a Resolution to approve an application to the State of Maryland for the designation of a Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise (RISE) Zone for the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College.  The Public, Private Partnership focuses on Germantown becoming the center of business and
community life in Upper Montgomery County. 
(Read More)

Councilmember Craig Rice stands with Lorenza Cooper (president), Jonathan Sutton and Chris Thompson of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and the Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation as he is presented with the Cornerstone Award for Education and Leadership, which he received for his dedication to increasing the opportunities for young people in the community.  The foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships and mentoring programs for minority and disadvantaged youth in the DC Metropolitan area.  (Press Release)

Camp Erin allows youth to tell their story in a safe environment.
Hospice Caring is delighted to announce Camp Erin Montgomery County, MD. Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of someone close to them. This free, weekend‐long experience combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support.   

Montgomery County Council approves County’s  
$5.6 billion operating budget and
$4.5 billion six-year capital budget
Education and public safety are priorities
(press release)

Councilmember Craig Rice's Remarks on the 
Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Agreement

I unfortunately find myself in a very difficult and torn position, frustrated about the fact that I encountered what I feel was a flawed budget process, something that I’ve never seen in my 8-year tenure here on the Council. Something that encompassed disrespecting my committee’s hard work and well researched and coordinated recommendations for what seems is the gain of a tagline in an election year. (Press Release)

Montgomery County Council Proclamation  Recognized 50-year anniversary of Montgomery College’s Nursing Program, by Councilmember Craig Rice

Montgomery County Council recognized  and celebrated Montgomery College's 50th Anniversary of their nursing program. The Montgomery College nursing program achieved National League for Nursing accreditation in June 1970 and remains fully accredited, partnering with University of Maryland School of Nursing to offer a seamless pathway for nursing students to receive their bachelor’s degree. Montgomery College is the only Community College that partners with a Hospital (Holy Cross Hospital, Germantown) on their own Campus!

Councilmember Craig Rice recognized Montgomery County College student Grace Jo who  escaped  persecution in North Korea, and, with her family, founded NKinUSA to help facilitate escape and safe passage for other North Korean refugees.  

Grace Jo, a young woman born in North Korea, whose family struggled daily to find scraps of food to survive during the Great Famine in the 1990s that took the lives of two of her brothers who died of starvation; and whose father was tortured and starved to death for the “crime” of leaving the country in search of food for his family in China.

Proclamation recognizing Autism After 21, by Councilmembers Rice and Councilmember Katz and Councilmember Berliner
Madison House
Raising Autism Awareness | 
Autism After 21 Day

Autism After 21 Day. Councilmembers Craig Rice, Sidney Katz and Roger Berliner presented a joint proclamation with County Executive Leggett to raise awareness of the various needs of adults with autism. Special thanks to JaLynn Price, Founder and President of Madison House, who spoke on behalf of the group. Pictured left to right: Councilmember Katz, Laura Gordon, Monica Martinez, Kim Mayo Jay Kenney, Jenn Lynn Ucr, JaLynn Prince, Councilmember Berliner, Adrienne McBride, Karen Gibson, Beata Okulska, Steve Robinson, Karen Hutchison and Councilmember Rice.

Highlights from the Fourth Annual Community Education Budget Meeting for Fiscal Year 2019
The First of Five meetings held at Damascus High School
February 21, 2018

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, Montgomery County Public School Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith, and Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President of Montgomery College invite you to attend our next Education Budget meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshie Avenue, Silver Spring.

Moira Johnson
Montgomery Blair High School Senior
Winner of the 2017
"Councilmember for A Day Contest"
Ms. Johnson’s winning entry was an essay that focused on parental illness and the impact it has on children.
Link to Moira's Winning Essay

Councilmember Craig Rice honored the winner of the second annual “Councilmember for a Day” challenge, Moira Johnson from Montgomery Blair High School, with a proclamation recognizing her inspiring essay and her scholastic achievements. Click on the video to learn more about our Councilmember for a Day student. (Press Release)

The Montgomery County Council’s 2018 Black History Month commemoration focused on “Preserving the Past and
Educating for the Future.

The event included a panel discussion on the importance of preserving African-American culture in the County featuring Gwen Reese, Founder and President of the Sugarland Ethno-History Project; Christine Clarke, resident of the Village of Jerusalem in Poolesville; Anita Neal Powell, President & CEO of the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation; and George W. McDaniel, Ph.D., President McDaniel Consulting, LLC. The event also included a video showcasing the achievements of community leaders Vikram Akwei,, Founder of the High School Success Program; Kevin Beverly, President and CEO, Social & Scientific Systems; Anita Neal Powell, and Michael Williams, Co-founder of the Minority Scholars Program. (Press Release)

The Rice Report | February 6, 2018

Welcome to another edition of The Rice Report, an update on current topics and events from Education and Health and Human Services to Brewery and Distillery opportunities, the Agricultural Reserve, the Environment and more. It’s all about Montgomery County, Maryland, the best place I know of to live, work and play!

Montgomery County Community met to Discuss
Universal Pre-K For All

What a vibrant, engaged and informative community dialogue we had at our August 23rd Universal Pre-K meeting. The conversation focused on various models of what the educational philosophy of pre-k for all could look like in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Council and Montgomery County Public Schools are working together on setting our kids up for a successful, safe and happy life! If you missed it, watch the video, take a look at a few of the highlights.

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