UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections will complete its six week mentoring program at Glenridge Elementary School in Landover Hills, MD on Tuesday, December 18. One hundred and sixty one students will sign a pledge committing to be drug free, gang free, and to abstain from bullying.


After signing the pledge students will receive treats and enjoy refreshments courtesy of ARAMARK Corporation. Students have participated in weekly sessions of the program titled C.O.P.E.S. (Correctional Officers Protecting and Educating Students) learning to use effective communication skills when approached to sell or use drugs, join gangs, and how to steer clear from bullying.


Principal, Dr. Gloria McCoy says, “The COPES program is a valuable part of our mission to help students become college and career ready.  The guidance lessons that are taught by volunteers from the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections help to build the capacity of our students to make good decisions and avoid peer pressure.  We are very fortunate to have such a committed community partner.”


The C.O.P.E.S. program started in 2005 at Glenridge Elementary School. The six week schedule the Officers follow focuses heavily on how drugs, gangs, peer pressure, and bullying can lead to an unsuccessful and unproductive life. The Officers use their work experiences to navigate students away from making potentially life altering mistakes. Fourteen Officers work in pairs to mentor the students and discuss the life changing topics. The six week program will move to another county school in the spring.


WHAT:          C.O.P.E.S Mentoring Program Commitment Celebration
WHO:             Department of Corrections    
WHEN:          December 18, 2012
WHERE:       Glenridge Elementary School
7200 Gallatin Street Landover Hills, Maryland 20784