Stronger Families, Stronger Schools

2019 Supply Drive

This month, Side by Side is holding a drive for funds to purchase fun learning activities and meals that we provide children and families at six schools through our Great Start program.

Our year-end surveys indicate that over 90% of the parents who received our Game Night tools put them to use at home to help their children build strong foundations in reading and math. We need to purchase 200 sets of the game-changing tools and 48 meals for the hundreds of families that will attend our Great Start family nights this year.

Can you please help us? You can donate online at, or mail a check to Side by Side, 424 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707.

Every gift helps bring a family closer to a great start.

$10 pays for one family to receive 1 set of reading games and 1 set of math games.

$100 pays for ten families to receive 1 set of reading games and 1 set of math games.

$200 pays for food to feed 40 families at one of our 48 family nights.

Thank you!

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 while parents are in workshops, and Spanish interpretation. Topics include reading, writing, math and behavior.

The partner schools are Bond Mill Elementary, Calverton Elementary, Deerfield Run Elementary, James Harrison Elementary, Laurel Elementary and Scotchtown Hills Elementary. More than 1,500 parents and children attended Great Start family nights in 2018-2019.

Here are our 2019-2020 school year workshop dates.

Side by Side also operates a Booster Club program at our six partner schools. Retired teachers work on reading skills during the school day with kindergartners and first-graders selected by their teachers. One hundred twenty-four students were helped in 2017-2018.

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 six schools.

For more about our mission, watch the video below.


            Standards for Excellence Institute