BY REBECCA BENNETT  — According to Hyattsville City Councilmember Joseph Solomon (Ward 5), Rosa Parks Elementary School (RPES) staff reached out to him for help with donations of school supplies, uniforms and musical instruments for students in Head Start to 6th grade.

“The school has a number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and unfortunately are unable start off the school year in proper uniform or with needed educational supplies,” Solomon said.

According to a school staff member, the colors for the uniforms are: black slacks, yellow shirts/blouses (tops), red or black cardigan sweaters, black jumpers for girls, red ties for boys, and red cross uniform folds for girls.  That staff member said all sizes are welcome, but greatest need is with the older students.  Those sizes range from youth small to adult XXL for boys, girls blouses in sizes 10-20, pants for girls and boys in sizes 6 to 20 and husky sizes 14 and up.

According to RPES principal Tara Minter, students are in most need of composition notebooks, pencils and folders.

RPES students are also in need of musical instrument donations, which include new and/or used woodwind (flute, clarinet and alto saxophone), brass (trumpet, trombone, baritone and french horn) and string (violin, viola and cello) instruments.

According to Solomon, he set up a contribution box at the school for donations of supplies and uniforms.  The school is located at 6111 Ager Road.  Anyone with questions can call 301-445-8090.