NAACP one of sponsors of back-to-school ralliesThe Howard...

Education Notes

August 22, 1999

NAACP one of sponsors of back-to-school rallies

The Howard County branch of the National Association for The Advancement of Colored People will hold a series of five back-to-school rallies in cooperation with the Columbia Housing Corporation, the Council of Elders and the Black Student Achievement Program.

The goal of the rallies is to improve school attendance and to promote good grades and self-discipline.

The Council of Elders, television personalities, sports figures and others will offer words of encouragement to students.

Singers, dancers, clowns and the NAACP Cheer Leaders will participate.

Notebooks and pencils will be distributed to elementary school pupils. Notebook filler paper, folders and pens will be provided to middle and high school students.

Rallies are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Forest Apartments on Stevens Forest Road; 4 p.m. Saturday at Roslyn Rise on Twin Rivers Road; 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at Sierra Woods on Airy Brink Road; 4 p.m. at Waverly Winds on Cedar Lane; and 2 p.m. at Guilford Gardens on Oakland Mills Road.

Information: 410-730-5984.

College to dedicate new Shakespearean stage

Howard Community College in Columbia will dedicate its new outdoor stage -- the Dreier Stage, made possible by Ginni and R. Chad Dreier -- at noon tomorrowas part of the college's "convocation," a gathering of faculty and staff to mark the start of a new academic year.

The stage is at the edge of woods behind the college's Smith Theatre.

It was designed for Shakespearean drama and was used this spring for a student and alumni production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

An orientation for new students will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The keynote address will be presented by basketball star Robert "Tractor" Taylor of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Students may choose to participate in workshops on the Internet, test-taking skills, time-management, transfer planning, athletics, student life, careers, women's empowerment, stress management and financial aid.

Information: 410-772-4430.

Board of Education plans hearings on policy changes

The Board of Education of Howard County will hold public hearings on proposed changes to Policy 3413, Weapons; and Policy 5112, Pupil Transportation -- Student Conduct.

The hearings will be held during the 7: 30 p.m. session of the board's meeting Thursday in the Board Room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Individuals who wish to present testimony should limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to testify, call 410-313-7197.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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