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EDUCATION NOTES

October 22, 2006

Celebration set for A+ Partners

The Howard County Library's third annual A+ Partners in Education Celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Sixth-grader Joey Haavik, winner of the 2006 Howard County Library Spelling Bee, a countywide event, will speak about his subsequent experience competing at the National Spelling Bee.

The celebration honors the countywide partnership between the library and the Howard County school system.

Information: 410-313-7700.

HCC to offer High School Nights

Howard Community College will offer High School Nights for prospective college students and their parents at 7 p.m. Thursday 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 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.

An information session 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 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.

The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

CA plans event for teens Nov. 12

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will sponsor a Coffeehouse Expressions event for ages 13-18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Columbia Teen Center in the Village of Oakland Mills.

Participants can perform original works of poetry, comedy or music, or simply enjoy coffee and camaraderie with other teens. Three teen bands will also be featured.

Performers must sign up by Nov. 8. Information or to sign up: 410-715-5523.

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. The first-place national award is $30,000.

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

Norbel School to hold open house

The Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold an open house at 2 p.m. today.

The independent school offers an individualized educational program to capable learning-disabled students. Applications are being accepted for the 2006-2007 school year.

Information: director of admissions Frank Pugliese, 410-796-6700, or www.norbelschool.org.

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: Chaya Kaplan, 443-393-1913 or chayakaplan@verizon.net; Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229 or jwillmott@verizon.net.

Career program Thursday at HCC

Howard Community College will hold a free science and engineering college and career program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Kittleman Room of the college's English, Languages, Business Building (ELB-100).

Science and engineering professionals from Northrop Grumman, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute will discuss careers in their fields.

Representatives from George Washington University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will discuss entrance requirements for engineering programs.

Reservations are not needed. Information: Paul Martin, 410-772-4855 or www.howardcc. edu/career.

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