Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

December 03, 2003

Writing contest is open for those in grades 4 to 12

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target stores, is sponsoring "Letters About Literature," a writing contest for readers in grades 4 to 12. Weekly Reader Corp. is also a sponsor of the contest.

To enter, readers should write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work has changed their view of the world or themselves.

The Maryland Center for the Book at the Howard County Public Library will select the top essays in the state on three levels: Level I (grades 4 to 6); Level II (grades 7 and 8); and Level III (grades 9 to 12).

Winners from each state advance to the national competition and will receive cash prizes and a $50 Target gift card. Six national winners will each receive a trip to Washington, to read their letter during the National Book Festival next fall, and a $500 Target gift card.

The deadline for entries is Saturday. To request an entry: Maryland Center for the Book, 410-313-7766.

`Images of Freedom' contest deadline Dec. 19

In honor of Black History Month, the Columbia Association, in partnership with the Corridor Transportation Corp. and Howard County Office of Public Information, will sponsor an "Images of Freedom" poster contest for Columbia middle and high school students.

Students are asked to interpret the theme "Images of Freedom," and five entries will be chosen to be displayed during February on the sides of Howard County Transit vehicles.

The artwork should be submitted in a horizontal format on white 8.5-by-11-inch paper and should contain no controversial words. Submissions should include the artist's name age, school, address and phone number on a separate sheet of paper.

Submit entries by Dec. 19 to "Images of Freedom" Poster Contest, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-715-3102.

`Dying High' to be shown tomorrow by HC DrugFree

HC DrugFree, a coalition of parents, schools, county agencies and community organizations, will present Dying High: Teens in the ER, a documentary film about an emergency room where teens are being treated for drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning and other traumas caused by substance abuse, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Howard High School cafeteria, Ellicott City.

Michael Green, a certified addictions counselor, will be facilitator for a discussion after the film.

The program, which is to be presented by the Columbia Addictions Center, is for parents and teen-agers.

Admission is free. Registration is not required.

Information: 410-799-4879, or www.hcdrugfree.com.

The film is shown on the second Wednesday of each month at Columbia Addictions. Registration is required.

Information: Linda Furiate, 410-730-1333.

Textbooks available for review until Jan. 5

All textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in the Howard County public schools will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Jan. 5 (except Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1) in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Everyone is welcome to review the materials. Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the materials.

Information: 410-313-5643.

HCC Musical Arts Center seeks youth choir members

The Musical Arts Center at Howard Community College, a community music school, is accepting registration for a children's choir for ages 6 to 14. Information: Rita Mayhew, 410-772-4871.

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