Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. hosted a District 7 Meet and Greet and Parent Partnership Forum on Oct. 29 with Board of Education Member Lyn J. Mundey.
“The purpose of the event was twofold,” Mundey told the AFRO. “One of them was to introduce myself to the citizens of District 7. I thought it was important to come out to the community to say who I was and say how I can support the principals in the school and I’m here and I’m ember of the team.
“Second, was to empower the parents,” Mundey added. “It’s a community wide effort that we come together on behalf of education and our students, whether you’re a citizen, a 20-year-old that just came out of the system looking for a job, or a parent with a child in the system. I think this is one of those forums that will continue to make a difference in everyone’s lives.”
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III announced Mundey’s appointment to the board on Aug. 28, filling created by the resignation of former board member Carletta Fellows.
Mundey graduated from Bowie High School and the University of Maryland College Park. She is the parent of a Prince George’s County public school student and is employed as a management analyst within the Government Accountability Office.
She is actively involved in her community, serving as a member of the Benjamin Foulois Academy PTA, Blacks in Government, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Ms. Mundey has also served as director of her HOA board and is the former education co-chair to the Greater Marlboro Democratic Club.
Mundey is an active volunteer for Melwood and Habitat for Humanity, and she supports many other organizations, charitable causes, and non-profit organizations within the community.
The meet and greet included a guest speaker, Dr. Lonise Bias. Bias became a motivational speaker after she lost two of her sons died; Len Bias died due to cocaine intoxication two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics on June 19, 1986 and Jay Bias was murdered in a drive by shooting at a local mall in 1990.
“Don’t be afraid of your children,” Bias told parents in the audience. “The brain is nothing but a computer collecting data at an alarming rate. With length of days come responsibility. Your child’s greatest fear is the approval of their peers. Our children are teachable, reachable, keepable, lovable and savable.”
Mundey will hold her next forum Nov. 19 at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Md.