More than 1,200 students, parents, administrators and teachers, and 45 community organizations and businesses showed their support for Meade Cluster schools during the Meade Cluster Spring Event, Saturday, April 29, 2023.
Held at Meade Middle School, the event featured performances by dance teams, step teams, band and chorus performers from nearly all the schools that make up the Meade Cluster.
“I was blown away with not only the turnout, but the interest in the information and resources that our vendors provided at the Meade Cluster Spring Event,” said Hannah Thompson, community engagement officer for the Office of County Executive Steuart Pittman.
Several public officials shared a few words in support of the event, including Col. Michael Sapp, Fort Meade Garrison Commander, Mark T. Bedell, superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Jeff Amoros, chief of staff for County Executive Steuart Pittman; and AACPS School Board members Melissa Ellis and Gloria Dent.
During the event, Sapp and Bedell joined Monique Jackson, deputy superintendent of AACPS, and Ryan Durr, principal of Meade High School, in unveiling Mustang Way as the new street name for Meade High School and Meade Middle School, replacing 26th Street. The new street sign will go up after construction of the high school is completed in 2024.
“This is what fills my heart, because this is all of us putting time and effort into the future of America and into the future of Central Maryland, Anne Arundel County,” Sapp said. “Every one of you is doing something to make this better and I appreciate it. Fort Meade has an incredible relationship with Anne Arundel County. Part of stepping up is being present, we can be Meade Strong, it all works together.”
Bedell, Jackson, Durr and several Meade High School students also revealed the new school colors for the high school – black and gray.
Multiple venues provided food and beverages during the event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free hamburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments were provided by the Friends of Meade and the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
Participating organizations provided information on how they support students, services they offer and different resources available to them.
“We're lucky to be able to partner with our federal agencies and public school system to bring these resources to this vibrant and unique community here in Anne Arundel County,” Thompson said.