Starting tomorrow, Howard County students...


March 01, 1998

ELLICOTT CITY -- Starting tomorrow, Howard County students will play reading games, participate in reading contests and read aloud on closed-circuit television during Middle School Reading Celebration Week -- with gifts from merchants as an attraction.

The event, the first of its kind in Howard County, is intended to promote reading among the county's 9,000 middle school students, said Sharon Stein, a reading resource teacher at the county Department of Education.

The most enthusiastic readers will be rewarded with one of 1,000 bags, containing items donated by merchants at The Mall in Columbia.

Thirty Mildred Monroe Elementary students met their mentors from the city Department of Social Services last week as the fifth year of a program between the school and the agency began.

The social services employees will spend at least an hour a week tutoring the students they are paired with, but the school hopes they will become friends and role models for the students as well, according to department spokeswoman Sue Fitzsimmons.

The employees work at 1510 Guilford Ave., near the school at 1634 Guilford, and are given time during working hours to meet with students. The department has provided food baskets at holidays to school families and raised money for computers by collecting grocery store receipts.

TOWSON -- Two county public libraries will hold introductory Internet activities for children age 8 and older this week.

A demonstration of travel, sports and recreation on the Internet will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Rosedale library, 6105 Kenwood Ave. Information: 410-887-0512.

The Pikesville library, 1301 Reisterstown Road, will offer a class on Internet Basics at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 410-887-1234.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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