Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

October 08, 2006

VFW announces essay competition

The Yingling-Ridgely Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary of Ellicott City is a sponsor of the Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay Competition for high school students.

Participants write and record a 3- to 5-minute audio essay expressing their views on this year's theme, "Freedom's Challenge." The deadline for the local competition is Nov. 1. Winners will advance to the district and state competitions. State winners receive a $1,000 scholarship and a four-day tour of Washington. The first-place national award is $30,000.

Information: Sandi Kriebel, 410-750-3941 or visit www.vfw. org.

College offering High School Nights

Howard Community College will offer High School Nights for prospective college students and their parents at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 21. The programs will be held in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language, Business Building (ELB-100).

The events are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for a successful transition to college. Programs and services to be discussed include Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians, early entrance and financial aid. Participants will be able to tour the campus.

Information sessions on the Rouse Scholars program, a selective honors and leadership program designed to help students transfer to four-year colleges or universities, will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 in the Kittleman Room and repeated at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the college's Smith Theatre.

Rouse students engage in honors course work and are encouraged to develop leadership skills, participate in projects with community mentors and in cultural and recreational activities and international travel.

The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

Atholton High to host college fair

Atholton High School will be the host for the annual Howard County College Fair, to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the school, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

About 150 colleges will be represented. Parents and students will have an opportunity to speak with college representatives and participate in workshops on the college application process.

Howard County middle and high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

"Colleges That Change Lives: Forty Schools You Should Know About Even If You're Not a Straight-A Student," a program for parents and students from all schools, will be presented from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at River Hill High School.

The program is sponsored by the school's guidance office. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-7400.

Education officials to meet Thursday

A meeting of the Board of Education with PTA presidents and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the board, previously scheduled for Sept. 14, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Susquehanna Room at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion in an informal setting.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Tutors sought to work with pupils

The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) mentoring/tutoring program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteer mentors and tutors to work with pupils in Howard County elementary and middle schools with individuals and small groups of pupils.

Hours are available during and after school. An interest in children and the willingness to commit to one hour a week for the school year are required.

Information: about the program: Chaya Kaplan, 443-393- 1913 or chayakaplan@veri zon.net; Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229 or jwillmott@veri zon.net.

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