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Education Digest

April 11, 1999

Volunteers to distribute 25,000 books to schools

An army of volunteers will fan out across Baltimore Saturday during Hands On Baltimore's Serv-A-Thon '99, a community service day during which the focus will be on placing 25,000 new, donated books on the shelves of 25 city schools.

The volunteers also will be building bookshelves, painting classrooms, landscaping and turning vacant lots into parks. For information on joining the effort, call Hands On Baltimore at 410-547-8810, or register at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Brokerage, 34 Market Place.

Businesses and agencies joining in the literacy effort include Sylvan Learning Foundation, Baltimore Reads, the city school system, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Doner Direct, The Daily Record, and The Sun's Reading by 9 program.

4 shelters reap rewards of employees' book drive

Four Baltimore homeless shelters were the beneficiaries of a book drive undertaken by more than 100 employees in the Maryland State Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The drive, begun as a Black History Month project, was intended to "help enrich the lives of homeless women and children," the agency reported. The boxed books were delivered late last month to Bea Gaddy's Women's and Children's Center, Marian House, My Sister's Place lodge and the South Baltimore Shelter for Women and Children.

The office is considering another book drive for this summer that would include school supplies to help children get ready for the next school year, according to Carol Payne, a spokeswoman.

Online forum to address questions on reading

An online forum dedicated to reading issues has been launched at SunSpot, Web site of The Sun, as part of the newspaper's Reading by 9 initiative.

The forum will enable users to post questions and comments on reading topics, which will be addressed by reading expert Susan Rapp. She is director of the Village Reading Center in Columbia, a fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and a consultant to the Reading by 9 program.

To post questions for Rapp, log on at www.sunspot.net/talk/ or visit www.readingby9.com, the site for The Sun's Reading by 9 program.

Baltimore County

Teen group collecting books for Chase Elementary

CHASE -- Maryland Sings, a teen group that has toured Europe and performed at the White House, is collecting books for Chase Elementary School in eastern Baltimore County.

The group will present the books and perform at the school, 11701 Eastern Ave., at 7 p.m. April 19. Chase's elementary "show choir" also will perform and combine with Maryland Sings in the evening's finale.

Principal Maria Hofmann said the school needs novels, short story collections and works of nonfiction suitable for elementary-age children. Donations for the book drive may be sent to Maryland Sings in care of Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main St., Reisterstown 21136.

Pub Date: 4/11/99

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