Education Digest


Education Beat

October 02, 2005

Anti-drug program planned for Thursday

HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization focused on helping teens avoid alcohol and other drugs, will present its first program of the new school year, "Drugs, Alcohol and Teens: What's Happening in Howard County," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Atholton High School.

The program provides an overview of teen use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs in Howard County. The documentary film Dying High will be screened after presentations by professionals from the Health Department and the police vice and narcotics division. The film shows teens being treated in an emergency room for drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning, trauma caused by car accidents and other incidents resulting from substance abuse.

Admission is free. Registration is not required.

Information: 410-799-4879 or visit

Careers in the arts topic of discussion

Howard Community College will offer a panel discussion on careers in the arts and in media from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Kittleman Room (ILB 100) of the college's Instructional Lab Building.

Experts representing graphic arts, television programming, music, public relations and journalism will talk about their career fields, including the challenges and rewards of their work, the skills necessary for success and how to prepare for entry and advancement.

Admission is free. No registration is necessary. The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information: 410-772-4855 or visit

Teen center offers after-school progam

The Columbia Association's Columbia Teen Center is accepting registration for its After School Enrichment Program for youths ages 9 to 18.

Participants can register for special-interest clubs including Hip Hop and Break Dance, Cooking, Gardening, Arts and Crafts, Computer and Technology. Those interested can also serve on committees, including Welcoming, Judicial Review, Special Events and SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere.)

The Teen Center is at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia.

Information: 410-992-3726.

School board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session that starts at 7:30 will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public work session and approve the fiscal 2007 capital budget and the fiscal 2008--2012 capital improvement program.

In addition, the board will hold a public hearing on Policy 3201: Enrollment, Residency, and Tuition. Those who want to testify at the hearing are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and to provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak or to testify at the hearing, call 410-313-7194.

To request a sign language interpreter, call Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

HoCoPoLitSo seeks past award winners

HoCoPoLitSo is planning a 25-year gala reunion for winners of its literary awards for Howard County high school writers and is seeking past winners of the awards.

Students from Howard County high schools are invited each year to compete in categories that include personal essays, short stories and poetry.

Award winners and their friends and family members are asked to contact the poetry and literary society.

The 25th reunion will coincide with spring literary book awards in May 2006.

The society hopes to give past winners a chance to meet this year's poet in residence and current winners.

Well-known poets who have participated as poets-in-residence for HoCoPoLitSo are to be invited to the celebration, as are past judges and local celebrities.

Information: or call 410-792-4568.

Safety education offered for families

The Specialized Trauma Treatment, Advocacy & Recovery Center is providing private safety education for families.

Presentations will be tailored to the family's needs and schedule.

Parents can choose from several topics: stranger danger, good touch/bad touch, child abuse, safety rules, Internet safety, healthy relationships, sexual harassment, safe dating, dating violence, sexual assault and date-rape drugs.

The cost is $45 per family per one-hour class.

Information: Heidi Strominger, 410-290-6432.

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