PTAs to receive fitness grants The Nutrition and...


October 15, 2006

PTAs to receive fitness grants

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition of Howard County has partnered with the county's PTA Council and Swansfield Elementary School PTA to announce a $3,000 grant, to be awarded to 10 elementary school PTAs to initiate walking programs at their schools.

The grant is aimed at promoting wellness, and reducing obesity by increasing physical activity. The grants are to be used to support programs that incorporate walking during the school day and to encourage families to walk to and from school on a regular basis.

The programs will be based on a project initiated at Swansfield Elementary School after participating in International Walk to School Day in 2005.

College fair set for today at school

Atholton High School will be the host for the annual Howard County College Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today 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.

"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. Wednesday at River Hill High School in Clarksville.

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

Psychologist to speak at Norbel

Clinical neuropsychologist William R. Stixrud will speak about "Promoting Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and Optimism in Students with LD and ADHD" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

Admission to the event, the fourth annual Dr. Norma Hauserman-Campbell Seminar, is free.

Information or to register: 410-796-6700.

School board sets community meetings

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a community meeting with The Arc of Howard County at 7 p.m. Tuesday and with Conexiones, an advocacy group for Hispanic students, at 8 p.m. Tuesday in ML-2, the lobby conference room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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 three- to five-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.

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.

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. Friday in the Kittleman Room and repeated at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the college's Smith Theatre.

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

Information 410-772-4599.

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