Partnerships will develop student service programs

NEIGHBORS

January 04, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."

Margaret Mead's words are symbolic of the efforts of the educators and officials from community service organizations who are working to develop student service learning programs and opportunities for middle school and high school students in Howard County.

Beginning with the 1997 high school graduating class, students are mandated by Maryland law to serve 75 hours of community service as a requisite for graduation.

The Columbia Volunteer Corps is one organization entering a partnership with the Howard County Board of Education to develop a general studies core program, which was mandated by the state Department of Education.

East Columbia schools, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown, Hammond, Howard and Mayfield Woods, are developing projects during once-a-week classes. When possible, community projects are selected near the schools so students are working within their communities.

The program can involve a social service organization such as the Grassroots homeless shelter, a nursing home or improvement of an open space area. Students research their subject, guest speakers present updated information and students keep written records of personal benefits derived from their participation.

School personnel certify that students meet their requirements.

The volunteer corps, established by the Columbia Association in 1990, serves as a clearinghouse for nonprofit organizations that need volunteers.

Nonprofit organizations and individuals are encouraged to call CVC, 715-3163, to become partners in the student service program.

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No need for the winter doldrums.

Amherst House, in Kings Contrivance Village Shopping Center is sponsoring winter aerobics and exercise classes for children of all ages (10 months and up) and adults beginning this week.

Registration and information: 410-381-9600.

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rTC On Sunday, at 9 a.m., Dr. Richard Solomon will hold a workshop concerning "Communicating Openly with Your Child," sponsored by the Temple Isaiah religious school. Although the temple's offices are located at the Meeting House, Oakland Mills Village, the workshop will be held at Harper's Choice Middle School.

Information: 730-8277.

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The Junior Youth Program of Temple Isaiah will hold a "Shul-In" on Jan. 14 at the Meeting House, Oakland Mills Village.

The event begins with a Shabbat dinner and ends with breakfast the next morning. Information: 730-8277.

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The Family Life Center will benefit this Friday, when classical/folk guitarist Bob Brill entertains at Cover To Cover Bookstore/Cafe.

Information: 381-9200.

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John Heyn, owner of Last Chance Saloon, is saying thanks for the patronage of friends and the community for the past seven years by offering an anniversary celebration half-price menu plus "giveaways" this Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. at his Oakland Mills Village restaurant.

Information: 410-730-5656.

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Start the New Year with a new approach to health.

Bob Glickstein invites you to attend a free yoga class, which promotes health and well being, at Ramchandra Yoga Center this week.

Information: 410-720-4340.

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Stonehouse, the Long Reach Village Community Center, is offering a variety of classes this month.

Among other classes, Cyra will teach belly dancing and Cindee Velle is introducing a new ballet class for boys, ages 4 to 7. "Futurekids," a kids computer class is available, along with a Jazzerstep course.

Registration and information on these and other classes: 730-8113.

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Recycle your Christmas tree this Saturday and Sunday. The trees can be taken from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. to Patapsco Valley State Park Headquarters, 8020 Baltimore National Pike.

The trees will be turned into mulch, which may be taken home for garden use or left at the park. Information: 461-5005.

Christmas trees may also be taken to sites at Cedar Lane Park, Savage Park, Rockburn Park and Schooley Lane Park.

If you are unable to deliver the trees, call 313-SORT for information on tree pickup in your neighborhood.

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