Helping Hands program stresses values and cultural awareness EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

February 09, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

Teachers, parents, students and community volunteers work with the girls and boys who attend the Helping Hands program at Jeffers Hill Elementary School in Long Reach Village every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Since 1987, the Helping Hands Enrichment and Leadership Foundation has sponsored the program that helps students to develop values, self-esteem, cultural awareness, and success with academic and peer relationships.

During the two 12-week sessions, a dozen teaching specialists work with the students in language, mathematics, science, computer literacy, martial arts, Spanish and African-American history. An initial enrollment of 35 for the first session has grown to 257 children. There is a $10 registration fee for each Saturday session.

The program also is available during for six weeks during the summer at Phelps Luck Elementary School on Oldstone Court in Long Reach from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The summer program costs $395, with a $25 optional "swim fee".

Extended day care is provided during the summer session by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Registration for this service, which costs $170 for the six-week session, will be held May 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Waterloo Elementary School, 5940 Waterloo Road.

Information: Connie Butler, 301-596-7145.

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Hammond High School Boosters meet today at 7:30 p.m. at the school for the group's annual election of officers. Booster members are asked to bring their completed election ballots to the meeting. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

Information: 313-7115.

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"Can A Woman Advance In A Corporate Setting?" will be the topic discussed by Joyce Henderson, manager of strategic internal programs at Westinghouse, when she speaks at the Business Women's Network of Howard County luncheon meeting Feb. 17. The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Columbia Hilton, 5485 Twin Knolls Road in Oakland Mills village. The reservation deadline is Saturday. Information: (410) 740-0126.

Next month, in recognition of Women's History Month, the business women's network is sponsoring an essay contest open to all Howard County high school students. Six cash prizes, plus honorable mention, will be awarded to the students who write essays on "Notable Women of History."

Essays are to include the woman's accomplishments, how her life affected other women and the student's interest in the woman. Winners will be selected from two categories: 9th- and 10th-grades and 11th- and 12th-grades.

Complete rules and deadline information can be obtained from high school teachers. Awards will be made at the organization's March 31 dinner at Savage Mill when Lynne Griffin and Kelly McCann, the authors of "The Book of Women: 300 Notable Women History Passed By," will be guest speakers.

Information: 410-740-0126.

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You don't have to be Irish to enjoy a trip to the Emerald Isle! St. John the Evangelist church is having a raffle for a six-day vacation in Ireland. Tickets are $5 each, and sales will be limited to 2,000.

Round-trip airfare from New York, hotel accommodations, a guided tour by bus and Irish meals are included in the trip. The drawing will be held March 13 at the church's St. Patrick's Dance in the Spear Center at the Rouse Co. Building in Columbia.

Raffle and dinner tickets will be available at Oakland Mills village Meeting House and Wilde Lake's Interfaith Center on Sundays. Raffle information: Neil Gallagher, 730-3533. Dance reservations:( $17 before March 1) can be made with Mary McAndrews, 995-4006.

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A Howard County High School, teens-only Valentine's Dance will be held at the Columbia Teen Center, at The Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center on Sunday from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The rap music of DJ Fella and his GMAC Crew will provide the beat for the dancing. Admission is free with a Columbia Association Package Plan member card; nonmembers will be charged $5.

Information: 992-3726.

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The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, at 7246 Cradlerock Way, (it's behind the Mobil service station in Owen Brown Village Shopping Center) Monday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Information: John Somers, 410-964-2255.

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Whoops! Memo to all of the volunteers who want to work with the Atholton Elementary School students: This is the correct phone number: 313-6853.

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Boy Scouts Eric Barnes and John Anderson, BSA Troop 613, Owen Brown village, will receive their God and Church awards at this Sunday's 11 a.m. service at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, on Route 216 in Highland.

Pastor Kenneth Lyons has worked with the young men for the past year to fulfill all of the requirements for the awards. Troop members, families and friends are invited to the service.

Information: 531-5173.

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