Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

January 14, 2004

Howard libraries get $52,000 grant from state division

Howard County Public Library has received a $52,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Education's Division of Library Services for the A+ Partners in Education initiative. The grant was announced at a celebration of the A+ program last month.

As part of the event, Don Bard of the Lazarus Foundation presented refurbished computers to three students: Helong Li of Long Reach High School, Kayla Todd of Wilde Lake Middle School and Rayvon McMillan of Bryant Woods Elementary School. They were identified by the library and the schools as having the greatest need.

Rayvon, a first-grader, has cancer and misses many days of school. His principal, Jason McCoy, nominated Rayvon to receive the computer as a way for him to keep up with his homework.

The initiative, launched in September 2002 by the Howard library and the Howard County public school system, promotes scholarship, assists with eliminating student achievement gaps and expands academic opportunities for the county's public school students.

St. John's day school to hold scholarship gala

St. John's Parish Day School will hold "An Evening in the Garden" gala from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 21. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund, which provides needs-based assistance to families. The gala will also celebrate the work that St. John's students are doing to create a schoolyard habitat.

The black-tie-optional evening will feature dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Music for the evening will be provided by Opus I.

Tickets cost $50 a person and can be purchased at the school.

Information: Sharon Runge, 410-465-7644.

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