December Message from the PG Promise President

Message from the

PG Promise President

December 2014


I hope your holiday season has gotten off to a tremendous start and you take the time this month to celebrate the season with family and friends.

It was so warming to see Prince George High School graduate and NBA player Reggie Williams donate 100 turkeys to needy families for the Thanksgiving through the Reggie/Pamela Williams Foundation.  This act of generosity gave families a chance for a great meal on Thanksgiving, and also opened the dialogue with Prince George County Government and PG Promise to work more closely with the Foundation in the future.

Also, Prince George County High School student Preston Ramsey attended the November 25 meeting of the Board of Supervisors and presented a check of $4,100 to the Prince George Parks & Recreation Foundation following the “Dig Deep 12 5k Run” held on November 8.  This was an Eagle Scout project for Preston and did a tremendous job in not only raising money, but honoring the memory of Grayson P. Austin, who died tragically two summers ago in a boating accident.

A hearty congratulations to three girl scouts who have earned Gold Awards.  They include Cassie Grebas, Chaelin Magruder and Miranda Mullen.  The Gold Award is the Girl Scout’s highest award and requires 140 hours for completion.

Girl Scout Troop 746 is collecting school supplies this holiday season to help students at Moore Middle School.  The drive ends December 31.

The holiday season was ushered on December 2 when first graders from Beazley Elementary School decorated a tree in the County Administration lobby with ornaments made from recycled materials.  Congratulations to the kids and teachers who put this together and the Prince George Woman’s Club for sponsoring it!

As the year winds down, it is a busy time for PG Promise as it prepares to ring in 2015.

For the first time since PG Promise organized in 2011, it will participate in the Annual Prince George County Christmas Parade on December 6 at 3 p.m.  Rumor has it a couple of Santa’s elves will be on the float as it moves along Courthouse Road, so have your cameras ready.

The officers of PG Promise will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 12 to catch up on things and plan for the January 23 Board of Directors meeting.  At that meeting, three grant recipients will receive their checks totaling nearly $2500 for exciting projects that will serve our young people.

Prince George kids continue to do great things and make our community proud.  The robotics team at Moore Middle School competed on November 22 at Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond and finished sixth out of 24 teams.  Members of the team included Skyler Ciavarella, Zack DeGrauwe, Jawaan Faulcon, Jakob Frost, Glen Meza, Adam Seward, Carter Tuck and Reece Weber.  Adult coaches were Tony Humphrey, Kurt Kennedy and PG Promise Secretary Sharon Jadrnak.

Winter sports seasons will begin this month and it will be particularly exciting to follow the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.  Each squad has a wealth of experience and has the potential to go deep into the post-season tournaments.

PG Promise Vice President Jay Paul is heading up a subcommittee to meet with Prince George youth and get their thoughts on what programs and services should be offered to young people in our community.  Meanwhile Secretary Jadrnak has meet organizing a subcommittee to continue a youth jobs program for next summer, which will include classroom instruction leading up to the employment.

Another subcommittee that will continue its meeting in January will be that of modifying the Promise Strategic Plan.

A Big Shout Out goes to Unity Baptist Church for hosting a program on November 23 on foster care and adoption opportunities.  The information shared was tremendous in raising the awareness for these services that so many children throughout our region and state need.

Our partners in Parks & Recreation are now accepting registration for spring activities, even though winter sports are just getting underway.  We continue to encourage all young people to participate in Parks & Rec activities.

At the November 21 meeting of the Board of Directors, it was approved that a community donation of Teddy Bears to PG Promise be given the Police Department to share with children who are involved in traumatic situations.

Among other events happening this month are the Prince George Elf Helpers are collecting toys through December 4 to distribute to needy families.

Various drama productions will take place at Prince George schools this month.  Please check the Promise website for dates, locations and times.

The Regional Heritage Center will again have its “Toys of Yesteryear” on display beginning December 7.  This is wonderful display of older toys donated this month by residents of the County.

We ask everyone to make sure they purchase their Prince George County Holiday Ornament.  This year the featured County building is the Human Services Building.  The ornaments are $8 and a portion of every sale goes toward PG Promise. There are also ornaments from the previous three years in limited quantities.

Also for sale are PG Promise t-shirts for $10 and in the works are lapel pins and window stickers.

Our “NFL Scores Points for PG Kids” fundraiser will wind up this month.  We are hopeful to reach our budget goal.  Keep rooting for the NFL teams to score and continued appreciation to our sponsors.

Don’t forget if you have a youth activity to send it to us so we can promote awareness and attendance. Please email that information to Rachel Turner (RTurner@princegeorgecountyva.gov) so we can pass it along to our email list and post it on our website which is www.pgpromise.org.

We also have doubled our “likes” on our Facebook page since July 18 and have added more Twitter followers.  We encourage you to follow both of these pages for daily updates on youth activities.

Have a great month!


Percy C. Ashcraft, President

Prince George Promise