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The Greenbelt Cooperative Nursery School opened its doors at 14 Parkway on April 15, 1942. 31 students were enrolled in morning or afternoon sessions. In 1959, the school moved to the fellowship hall of Greenbelt Community Church and then in 1995 to its present location in the Greenbelt Community Center. 80 students between 2 and 5 from 74 families are currently enrolled. Each year the school organizes a number of social events including two potluck picnics, one in the fall after the school opens and one in the spring at the end of the school year. These photos are from the 2012 fall potluck dinner.
The school is located on the ground level of the Greenbelt Community Center, with a large playground in the front.
When first residents moved into Greenbelt in 1937, students attended classes at the Center School (the present day Greenbelt Community Center). Shortly after, in the fall of 1938, a new high school opened in the west part of the town, at Edmonston Road and Greenbelt Road. When Eleanor Roosevelt High School opened in 1976 in Greenbelt East, that old high school became Greenbelt Middle School. For many years, there have been plans to build a new Greenbelt Middle School building. Finally, on August 20, when Prince George’s County Public Schools opened their doors for the new school year, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to open the new $56-million Greenbelt Middle School.
The new Greenbelt Middle School is on Breezewood Drive, just northwest of the old Middle School. Here a sign says “Welcome Back Students.”
On June 8, Greenbelt Elementary School celebrated the achievements of its sixth graders. Many of them will go on to the newly constructed Greenbelt Middle School which will open in August for the new school year. This is also the last sixth grade class that will graduate from GES, as starting from this August, sixth graders will attend Greenbelt Middle School as part of a countywide realignment. Many awards were given out at the promotion ceremony.
The promotion ceremony starts with the Pledge of Allegiance and America the Beautiful.
Each year before graduation, an interfaith baccalaureate celebration is held at Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s auditorium to honor the graduating class. This service is sponsored by the Greenbelt Interfaith Leadership Associations (GILA) and is attended by leaders of many faith traditions.
Established in 1978, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School is located in Greenbelt East and is generally considered the best public high school in Prince George’s County. With about 3,000 students, the school is known for its science and technology program.
The Greenbelt Middle School building on Edmonston Road was first built in 1937 and has numerous additions from later years. After 75 years the facility is being replaced by a brand new school building nearby which is scheduled to open this August at the start of the new school year. The Greenbelt City Council has appointed a Greenbelt Middle School Task Force to study the future uses of the old school building, and several options have been offered, from renovating the whole building to keeping only parts of it, from using it as a community center to housing a charter school there. On Saturday, May 5, the Task Force organized a community day at the Middle School. Members of the community were invited to give their input and a variety of activities were offered.
Krissy Beauchamp (left) and Monica Venzke, both of Greenbelt Girl Scout Troop 4816, volunteer at the welcome table, handing out programs and raffle tickets.
“The Greenbelt Elementary School Parent and Teacher Association is holding a yard sale on April 29th Sunday from 9am-noon on the grass in front of the library and the community center. We have toys, children’s items, clothes, household items and books. There is something for everyone! Stop by and pick up a gently used item, all funds will go directly towards technology at Greenbelt Elementary School! I look forward to seeing you there!” — Gretchen Schock’s email to the Greenbelters Yahoo Group.
Gretchen Schock has two sons in the Greenbelt Elementary School, and she is also a yoga teacher (see my visit to her yoga class here). For this sale, she collected items (many of them were stored in her car) and obtained a permit to use the Community Center lawn. Here, at 8:35 am, she is setting up.