Celebrity performances will launch business-sponsored...

Education Digest

October 18, 1998

TOWSON — Celebrity performances will launch business-sponsored reading programs at two city elementary schools this week.

Actor James Earl Jones, recognized locally as the voice of Bell Atlantic commercials, will make the morning announcements and read Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" tomorrow at City Springs Elementary.

Company employee-volunteers will read books to students there each day this school year.

On Tuesday, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Crestar Bank's Maryland region president, Scott Wilfong, will be in the cast of a play adaptation of Pete Seeger's children's book, "Abiyoyo," at Gwynns Falls Elementary.

Crestar employees are reading there and donating books to kindergartners and first-graders this year.

TOWSON -- Several of Baltimore County's public libraries will offer programs of Halloween stories and activities this week. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome to attend with an adult, and are encouraged to wear costumes.

"Tricks and Treats" will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Hereford library, 16940 York Road; and at 10: 30 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cockeysville library, 9833 Greenside Drive.

"Spooktacular" will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the White Marsh library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle; 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the Rosedale library, 6105 Kenwood Ave.; 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday at the North Point library, 1716 Merritt Blvd.; and 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Perry Hall library, 9440 Belair Road.

ELKRIDGE -- To offer more direct instruction, Deep Run Elementary School is changing the way teachers work with second-grade reading students.

Previously, each homeroom teacher oversaw three reading groups, meeting with each ability level for direct instruction about 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week.

This year, the school has created 10 reading teams that meet for an hour every day.

The teams are taught by the five second-grade teachers, the special education teacher, three reading specialists and a gifted-talented program teacher -- each paired with an instructional assistant during the hour of reading work.

tTC Students with similar needs are placed together and will be moved to a different group as appropriate.

Online

Learning disabilities focus of Web site, toll-free help line

Parents and teachers who want to learn how to recognize learning disabilities and help children who have them have two new resources.

The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities and the Advertising Council have opened a toll-free help line and an Internet Web site to educate people about learning disabilities.

The telephone number is 888-GR8-MIND. The campaign's Web site is www.ldonline.org.

Pub Date: 10/18/98

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