Stronger Families, Stronger Schools

David Myers, 1943-2016

david-myersWe at Side by Side are mourning the loss of one of our founders and leaders, David Myers. Dave died on Nov. 17 from cancer. He was our first board treasurer and second board president, and was always a pillar of wisdom and model of dedication to the cause of school children and families.

Dave gave his leadership and countless hours of labor to Side by Side after retiring after 39 years as an educator in the Prince George’s school system, most notably as physics teacher and science department head at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Dave always reminded us of the fundamental truth that nothing is as important in shaping children for future success as their family upbringing and their education. And that is the nexus where Side by Side is making a difference in Prince George’s County schools.

We praise God for giving us Dave, and at the end for relieving him of his suffering and taking him home. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main Street, Laurel. Here is an obituary.

Dave designated the church and Side by Side for memorial contributions. If you would like to give an online memorial donation to Side by Side, you can click on the “Donate” button to the right.


Side by Side is a faith-based nonprofit organization that works to strengthen Prince George’s County elementary schools in Laurel, 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 five 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, Deerfield Run Elementary, James Harrison Elementary, Laurel Elementary and Scotchtown Hills Elementary.

See our 2016-2017 workshop schedule.

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 that and other 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.