Stronger Families, Stronger Schools

From Aug. 12-26, Side by Side is holding a Great Start Supply Drive. Donations   will allow us to purchase the Game Night bags and meals that we distribute to hundreds of students and their parents at six schools during the fall. Supplying games for one student is $13, or for ten students $130. Donors also are invited to pay for a meal, at $200.

Year-end surveys have demonstrated that over 90% of the parents who received our Game Night tools put them into use at home to help their children build strong foundations in reading and math. We need to purchase 200 sets of these game-changing tools and feed all of the families that will be attending our 48 Great Start sessions.

Last year we brought in enough to cover the cost of 150 sets of games and 15 meals. Let’s make it all the way to 200 and 48 this year! You can donate online or mail a check to 424 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707.

Every gift helps bring one Prince George’s County family closer to a great start. Three churches – St. Philip’s Episcopal, Holy Trinity Lutheran and First Baptist, have gotten our fundraiser off to a great start with donations to cover four meals. Thank you!


Side by Side is a faith-based nonprofit organization that works to strengthen Prince George’s County elementary schools in Laurel and Beltsville, Md. We are convinced that we and others in the community can and should build up local public schools into a source of pride and the best possible launching pads for children’s bright futures!

Great Start

Side by Side provides its Great Start program at six elementary schools. This is a series of free Family Nights in English and Spanish for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade parents. The events all include free dinner, engaging children’s activities for while parents are in workshops, and Spanish interpretation. Topics include behavior, reading and math.

The partner schools are Bond Mill Elementary, Calverton Elementary, Deerfield Run Elementary, James Harrison Elementary, Laurel Elementary and Scotchtown Hills Elementary.

Here are our 2017-18 school year workshop dates!

Hispanic outreach

Side by Side has worked with a group of parents at Laurel Elementary School, Padres Unidos por Un Futuro Mejor para Nuestros Hijos, to create a Hispanic parents guide for schools in Prince George’s County. The guide is being distributed to Latino families at five schools.

For more about our mission, watch the video below.