Education Digest


Education Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

February 27, 2005

Library starting a reading contest for middle-schoolers

Pupils in grades six, seven and eight can test themselves against other readers and perhaps win a prize in the Howard County Library's Black-Eyed Susan Reading Contest, starting Tuesday and running through April 30.

Contestants read one or more of the books listed at the library and answer questions about its plot characters and setting. One prize is awarded per title.

Information about the contest is available at the central library (410-313-7860); east Columbia library (410-313-7700); Elkridge library (410-313-5088); Glenwood library (410-313-5577); Miller branch library (410-313-1950); and Savage branch library (410-880-5980.)

Columbia restaurant plans Craft program fund-raiser

Hunan Manor Restaurant in Columbia will hold a Chinese feast to benefit the Howard Community College Silas Craft Collegians Program from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 7.

Tickets are $35 and include a buffet, beverages, dessert, tax and gratuity. All proceeds are to go to the Silas Craft program, a learning community designed to help recent high school graduates live up to their potential.

The program, which includes mentoring and peer reinforcement, leads to an associate of arts degree at the college.

Hunan Manor is at 7091 Deepage Drive, Columbia.

Information or tickets: 410-772-4450 or

Event is to honor those who have helped children

Howard County government is seeking nominations for its sixth annual "Celebrating Successes" event, honoring people who have made a positive difference in the life of a child or children.

Nominees will be recognized at a ceremony to be held at 7 p.m. April 26, during the Month of the Young Child, at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville.

Nomination forms are available at, and click on "Celebrating Successes nomination form," or call 410-313-1940.

Nominations must be e-mailed, faxed to 410-313-1430 or postmarked by March 18.

Class to reduce angst about tests is due to start

"Reduce Test Anxiety," a course for high school students taking standardized or classroom tests, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through April 6 (excluding March 30), and from April 13 through May 11 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City. The cost is $165.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

Tai Sophia Institute holding class on herbs

Tai Sophia Institute in North Laurel will offer Herbs 101, a program designed for the plant enthusiast or prospective student with little science background.

The eight-session class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 13.

Students can attend any of the sessions, which cover herbs in the kitchen; the language of the body; being an educated consumer; plant chemistry; making herbal extracts; and the clinical perspective.

The cost is $50 a session.

Information: 800-735-2968, ext. 6611.

School board to adopt budget at Tuesday meeting

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to adopt its budget request for fiscal 2006 operating and capital budgets and fiscal 2007-2011 capital improvement program.

The meeting, which will be held in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, will be open to the public.

Sign-up in advance is preferred.

Information or to sign up: 410-313-7197 or 410-313-6682.

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two-week advance notice is preferred.

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