Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

Education Beat

December 11, 2005

Poster contest notes Black History Month

The Columbia Association, in partnership with the Corridor Transportation Corp. and the Howard County Office of Public Information, is holding a poster contest for Columbia middle and high school students in honor of Black History Month.

Students are asked to create a poster that illustrates the theme, "Images of Freedom." Five posters will be chosen and displayed on the sides of Howard County Transit vehicles in February.

To compete, artists must attend a Howard County public or private school. Artwork must be submitted on white 8 1/2 -inch by 11-inch paper and cannot contain any controversial words. The work can be done in pencil, colored pencil, ink, colored ink, markers, colored markers or paint, and the name, age, school, address and phone number of the artist should be included on a separate sheet of paper.

Entries should be submitted by Friday to "Images of Freedom" Poster Contest, Attn: Megan Monahan, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Participants and their families will be honored at a reception and luncheon at Historic Oakland in Town Center in February.

Information: 410-715-3171.

Suggestions sought on school's name

The School Naming Committee of the Howard County school system seeks suggestions from the community for an appropriate name for the new elementary school on Ten Oaks Road in Dayton. The school is scheduled to open in August.

Board of Education policy calls for all school names to reflect geographical areas of the county; duplication of names must be avoided.

Suggestions for names and a rationale for each suggestion should be submitted, in writing, by Jan. 13 to Mark J. Stout, curriculum coordinator of social studies, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Arts council to offer college scholarships

The Howard County Arts Council will award scholarships of at least $1,000 to students entering college in the 2006-2007 academic year. Awards, which are competitive, can be used for tuition and fees only.

Applications will be reviewed by the arts council's Scholarship Panel, a group of professionals working in a variety of artistic disciplines. Criteria include artistic merit, knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts and a demonstrated track record of academic success. Winners will be notified in March 2006

Applications are available from the arts council or at www. hocoarts.org. Completed applications must be submitted by Jan. 13.

Information: 410-313-2787.

Science and SIDS are workshop topics

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center will sponsor a workshop for parents and professionals on "Winter Science" from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at 3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 360, Ellicott City.

The cost is $25.

A workshop on "SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and Sleep Issues" is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the same location.

The cost is $10.

Information or registration: 410-313-1940.

New textbooks to be on display

Textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in Howard County schools are on display in the lobby of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The materials can be viewed from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Jan. 3.

Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of any of the ma- terials.

Information: 410-313-7011.

Teen center offers after-school events

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

Participants can register for special-interest clubs in topics including hip-hop and break dancing, cooking gardening, arts and crafts, computers and technology.

Those interested can also serve on committees, including Welcoming, Judicial Review, Special Events and SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere.)

The center is at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center.

Information: 410-992-3726.

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