The 100 Book Challenge will be launched tomorrow with a...

EDUCATION DIGEST

September 27, 1998

TOWSON — The 100 Book Challenge will be launched tomorrow with a celebration at George Washington Elementary School -- one of 10 city elementaries taking part in the program aimed at %J encouraging reading and improving skills.

Through a $130,000 Abell Foundation grant, the schools purchased 240 books color-coded by ability for each classroom -- more than 25,000 books in all -- to form rotating libraries from which children can choose books for reading.

The program has produced dramatic results at poor, inner-city schools in Philadelphia, where it began in 1996. The goal is each child reading at least 100 books in a semester, with teachers logging achievements and celebrating reading milestones.

'A Taste of Hampden' to benefit family center

The annual "A Taste of Hampden" fund-raiser to benefit the Hampden Family Center will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at the center, 1104 W. 36th St.

The center's programs include after-school enrichment for students ages 7 to 14, and tutoring for children of all ages.

Tickets for the third "Taste" event, featuring music, wine and cuisine by area chefs, are $25. Information or to volunteer for programs: 410-467-8710.

TOWSON -- What is it like to have dyslexia? The public will have a chance to find out next month as the Baltimore-based International Dyslexia Association and Borders Books & Music stores launch a national partnership to increase awareness of the learning disability.

A "dyslexia simulation" will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Borders' Towson store, 415 York Road, so people can experience common characteristics of dyslexia, which affects nearly 15 percent of the population.

Borders has designated Oct. 28 as "A Day for Dyslexia," and the Towson store will hold a 7 p.m. program with guest speakers on reading disabilities and prevention of reading failure.

State officials visited schools in Baltimore and all 23 counties Thursday in the kickoff for the second year of the Read Across Maryland program.

Officials including the governor, Cabinet members, state police superintendent and adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard read to children to promote the initiative, which challenges children to read at least 10 books this school year.

At Arundel Elementary in Cherry Hill, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend also announced a competition awarding a celebration for the school in each of five regions whose students read the most books by spring.

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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