Today is proclaimed `Red, White, Blue Day' in Howard...

EDUCATION DIGEST

October 10, 2001

Today is proclaimed `Red, White, Blue Day' in Howard schools

Howard County school Superintendent John O'Rourke has declared today as "Red, White and Blue Day" in the Howard County public school system. Employees will receive a red, white and blue invitation to a drop-in reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. The event is designed to show appreciation to the system's 6,000 employees for their response to the events of Sept. 11.

The event is made possible by contributions from Puttin' on the Ritz Catering, Howard County government - for use of the ballroom - and Horizon Foundation.

HCC to hold session on its computer programs

Howard Community College will hold an information session on its computer and networking certification programs and classes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the college's Galleria 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Faculty and program assistants will be on hand to discuss the certification programs.

Information: 410-772-4431.

School board to meet at 4 p.m. tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The meeting will begin with a public forum, during which members of the public may address the board on any topic. No advance sign-up is required.

The evening session of the meeting, which is to start at 7:30, will begin with a second public forum. The board also will hold a public work session to approve the superintendent's proposed capital budget for fiscal year 2003 and the capital improvement program for fiscal years 2004-2008.

The meetings will be televised live on Cable Channel 72.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Resource fair set for parents of teens

The third SPARKS Fair will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Long Reach High School. Rosalind Wiseman will discuss "Peer Power: Helping Your Teen Survive the Social Jungle."

SPARKS is the acronym for Successful Parenting of Adolescents Requires Knowledge and Support. The fairs, supported by a grant to Howard County General Hospital from the Horizon Foundation's Strategic Initiatives Program, are intended to familiarize parents of teen-agers with community resources and support services that can help them cope with issues that challenge their child's physical and emotional health.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The program will be interpreted for those who are hearing impaired.

Information: 410-740-7605.

Mentoring program seeks assistance of volunteers

Family and Children's Services seeks volunteers for Promise to Keep, a program that coordinates mentoring relationships for children in Howard County.

Promise to Keep also seeks to link mentors from the business community with schools to help improve student performance. Mentors usually meet weekly with children and commit to maintain the relationship for a calendar or school year.

Family and Children's Services, a nonprofit organization, is at Family Life Center in Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia.

Information: Keri Hyde, 410-997-3557.

Suggestions for education articles may be directed to reporter Tanika White at tanika.white @baltsun.com or to the Howard County Bureau of The Sun, 410- 715-2821; by fax, 410-715-2816.

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