Education Notes

Education Notes

January 11, 2004

Breakfast honoring King set for Jan. 19 at community college

Anne Arundel Community College President Martha A. Smith and a number of community-based organizations will take part in the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 19, in the college's David S. Jenkins Gymnasium.

Morris S. Dees Jr., co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be the keynote speaker. A civil rights activist since the 1960s, Dees initiated the idea for the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., as a way to educate young people about the civil rights movement.

The breakfast will honor local residents who emulate the spirit of King today and will salute the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, sponsored by the Annapolis chapter of the Links Inc. Carl O. Snowden is the event chairperson.

Tickets are $25 each or $250 to reserve a table. Information: 410-222-1821.

Scholarship contest sponsored by AAA

AAA Mid-Atlantic is sponsoring a national scholarship contest for students in grades 9 to 12. The AAA Travel High School challenge is a geography test and a national travel literacy contest.

The 2004 challenge is open to public school, private school and home-schooled high school students in grades nine to 12 who are legal residents of the United States. The challenge begins with a 40-question online quiz offered from tomorrow to Jan. 21 at www.aaa.com/Travelchallenge. Students are encouraged to register ahead of time and take the practice test.

The 2004 challenge schedule:

Tomorrow-Jan. 21, first round online test open to students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

March 2-4, state and D.C. finals, written test.

April 24-27, national finals at Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.

The top five achievers in each state will advance to the state finals in March, when a proctored, written exam will be given. The top scorer in each state wins a $1,000 scholarship and an expenses-paid trip for two to compete for one of three first-place $25,000 scholarships in the national finals in Orlando.

Scholarship prizes are provided by the Hogan Family Foundation, a Newbury Park, Calif., nonprofit organization that promotes a greater understanding of the importance of travel and tourism.

AACC plans open house in Brooklyn Park

Anne Arundel Community College will hold a community open house from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brooklyn Park Middle School. Participants will be able to sign up for credit and noncredit courses.

Admissions and financial aid representatives will help with registration. An AACC professor will be available to help people who speak Spanish.

AACC's spring credit term begins Jan. 21. Credit courses offered include business, criminal justice, computers, psychology and reading. Noncredit offerings include art, boating, cooking, dance, English as a second language, piano and sign language. Information: 410-777-2325.

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