Education Digest


March 31, 2004

Children challenged to give up watching television for 13 days

State Sen. Sandra B. Schrader has issued a challenge to area elementary school children to give up watching television for 13 consecutive days.

The "TV-Free 10 Day Challenge" will be held in conjunction with National TV-Turnoff Week, April 19-25.

Children who participate in the national program are asked to accept Schrader's additional challenge to stop watching television three days early, on April 16, or to add three days to the end of their television-free week.

Those who successfully complete the challenge will be honored with a citation at a reception in June.

Information: 410-841-3572 or 301-858-3572.

HCC's Project Access offers talk on disabilities

Project Access of Howard Community College will sponsor its second Conference on Students with Disabilities, "Transitioning the High School Student with Disabilities to the Postsecondary Level," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Larry B. Silver, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington. Workshops are scheduled on understanding learning disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, the role of the rehabilitation counselor in the college transition process, advances in assistive technology and other topics.

The cost is $115; after today the cost is $125. A sign language interpreter, enlarged print or Braille materials and other accommodations are available upon request.

Information: 410-772-4625.

Howard schools seek input on special ed plan

The Howard County public school system seeks comment and suggestions from the community for its Special Education Staffing Plan 2004-2005.

To obtain a copy of the 2003-2004 plan, call Cynthia Barnard, 410-313-6659, or visit

Comments and suggestions can be sent or e-mailed to

Library to present guide of online resources

The Howard County Public Library will present "Access 24/7: A Guide to Online Library Resources," an overview of homework-related resources available remotely and in the library.

The demonstration will include discussion of databases Ask Us Now! (an online interactive service) and SmartThinking (an online homework tutoring service).

The demonstration will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Elkridge library (410-313-5077); 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 13 at the east Columbia library (410-313-7700); 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 21 at the Glenwood library (410-313-5577); and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at the Miller branch library (410-313-1950).

Registration has begun for gifted-talented courses

Howard County schools' Office of Advanced Programs and Fine Arts is accepting registration through April for its Gifted and Talented Institutes for Talent Development.

The one- or two-week summer courses are offered to students interested in advanced-level work not usually available during the school year.

Brochures describing the program are available at schools, through the GT resource teachers or on the school system's Web site: Click on "GT Summer Institutes," under the heading "Frequently Visited."

Applicants being sought for college scholarships

Donors to the Columbia Foundation have established scholarships for Howard County public high school seniors who will attend two- or four-year colleges or universities in fall.

Students can pick up applications and information about the Robert J. Gaw Memorial Scholarship, the Stephanie Russel Scholarship and the Ascend One Scholarship at high school guidance offices. Atholton High School students can also apply for the Stillman Scholarship.

The application deadline is April 9.

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