Education Notes

Education Notes

May 16, 2004

AACC offers summer classes and camps for youth 5 to 18

Anne Arundel Community College's "Kids in College" summer program of classes and camps offer one- and two-week, half- and full-day sessions beginning June 13 and ending Aug. 13.

More than 1,800 youth participated last year in the Arnold campus program. Classes offer budding photographers, artists, chefs, writers, dancers, athletes and Web designers the chance to explore new interests, hone skills and make new friends.

Topics include the arts and sports for ages 5 to 18. Early registration is suggested. While most classes meet at the Arnold campus, a few meet at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Severna Park Golf and Sports Center and Vuong's Tae Kwon Do Center.

The program provides before and after-class care for students in "Club OT: Book Ends Ages 7 to 14," which meets from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children enrolled in half-day classes can begin the day in Club OT, while those in full-day classes can begin and end the day there. Information: 410- 777-2325.

Boating safety classes, vessel exams offered

Annapolis Flotilla 1-6 offers Maryland boating safety classes and vessel examinations. The four-night course offers basic information for new or novice boaters and sailors. It also offers an overview of the rules and fundamentals of safe boating, and will familiarize students with required safety equipment, rules on who has the right-of-way and other information.

Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 1, 3, 8 and 10 at Germantown Elementary School, 1411 Cedar Park Road, Annapolis.

A nonrefundable and nontransferable $15 program fee includes the book, certification card and instructional services.

The Marine Safety Vessel Exams will be held from 7 a.m. to noon June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14. The courtesy examination is a free check of the boat's legally required equipment plus additional items the auxiliary recommends for safety. Boats that pass receive a Seal of Safety decal. Information: 410- 956-6979.

Summer program offers classes for grades K to 5

Eight elementary schools will be host to this summer's Elementary Summer Academy. They are: Cape St. Claire, Glendale, Oak Hill, Piney Orchard, Severn, Shady Side, Sunset and West Annapolis elementary schools.

Classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. July 6 to 30. Registration will be for walk-ins only at the desired Summer Academy center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 2, 3 and 9.

Tuition for the program is $200 per pupil. Families who can document receipt of public assistance will pay $25 per pupil. Parents may pay by check, money order or cashier's check.

Designed for students currently in kindergarten through fifth grade, Summer Academy helps pupils maintain their skills during the summer break. All Summer Academy classes are small with instruction designed to foster skill development and confidence. Information: 410-222-5384.

After Prom event seeks donations from businesses

Parents of Arundel High School prom attendees are looking for donations from businesses to support the third annual After Prom event. The goal is to make the After Prom event attractive so that students will choose this alcohol- and drug-free option.

Businesses are encouraged to provide either a monetary or merchandise donation. The After Prom event is planned for Friday. Information: 410- 672-7596.

2 midshipmen among 77 Truman Scholars

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd class Elizabeth N. Gayer of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Midshipman 2nd Class William R. Kelly of New York are among 77 students out of 609 candidates nominated by 300 colleges and universities to be Truman Scholars.

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

As a Truman Scholar, Gayer and Kelly will each receive $26,000 - $2,000 for senior year and $24,000 for graduate study. The scholars will be eligible for priority admission and supplemental financial aid at premier graduate institutions as well as leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and internship opportunities in the federal government.

Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top 25 percent of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector.

As part of the award, Gayer and Kelly will attend a weeklong leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., which begins today and ends when the 77 Truman Scholars receive their awards in a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., on May 23.

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