Comptroller to Promote Bethesda Bike to Work Day, Tour Laurel School and Present WDS Award

–  Comptroller to Join Lt. Gov. Rutherford and Sen. Rosapepe at Monarch Global Academy  

WHO:             Comptroller Peter Franchot

State and local elected officials

WHAT:          Comptroller Franchot will speak at the 15th annual Bethesda Transportation Solutions’ “Bike to Work Day” to promote awareness of bicycling as an alternative to driving. Mr. Franchot will present a proclamation to Kristen Blackmon, director of Bethesda Transportation Solutions, Ben Schlesigner, chairman of the BTS Advisory Board, and David Dabney, executive director of Bethesda Urban Partnership, for their commitment to the community. A division of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, BTS is a free resource for commuters.

The Comptroller then will meet Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and state Sen. James C. Rosapepe, District 21, to learn more about Monarch Global Academy, a Laurel public charter school. Monarch Global Academy has three locations — Baltimore City, Glen Burnie and Laurel. The Laurel school is operated by The Children’s Guild and the Anne Arundel County School System. Following the meeting, the Comptroller will tour the school.

The Comptroller’s last visit will be at Melwood, a non-profit agency that creates jobs and opportunities for people with disabilities in Upper Marlboro. The Comptroller will present the non-profit with his 2015 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Melwood, which was founded in 1963, serves 1,900 people in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

WHEN           Friday, May 15, 2015


WHERE:        6:45 a.m.                                                        11 a.m.

                        15th annual Bethesda Bike to Work Day          Monarch Global Academy

Reed Street at Woodmont Avenue                   430 Brock Bridge Road

Bethesda, MD 20815                                      Laurel, MD 20724

12:30 p.m.

                        Melwood, (Conservatory), 606 Dower House Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

CONTACT:  Barbara Sauers 410-260-7438 (office), 410-212-9414 (cell)