Education Notes


November 19, 2006

Literacy Fair to be held Dec. 2

The Howard County Literacy Fair, presenting programs for those who cannot read or require translation services to become literate, will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 in Room ELB 100 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the Adult Literacy Council: Association of Community Services, FIRN, Howard County schools, Howard County Library and Howard Community College.

School board to meet Tuesday

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

The afternoon session and an evening session, which is to begin at 7:30 p.m., will start 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 approve the attendance area adjustments for the 2007-2008 school year.

To sign up to speak at the public forum: 410-313-7194.

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

High School Night to be held at HCC

Howard Community College will hold a High School Night for prospective college students and their parents at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The program will be held in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language, Business Building (ELB-100).

The event is designed to help graduating high school 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.

The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

Arts council to offer $10,000 in scholarships

The Howard County Arts Council will award at least $10,000 in scholarships this year to students entering college in the 2007-2008 academic year.

The scholarships must be used for an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Awards will be at least $1,000 and can be used only for tuition and fees.

Applications, which must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Jan. 12, will be reviewed by the council's scholarship panel, a group of professionals in the arts. Applicants must be legal residents of Howard County; they will be notified of the committee's decision in March.

Applications are available from the arts council or on its Web site:

Information: 410-313-2787.

Military Family Month essays being sought

In honor of Military Family Month, Armed Services YMCA is inviting entries for its annual art and essay contests.

Children in kindergarten through grade six are asked to submit artwork that illustrates the topic, "My Military Family." Children in grades one through 12 are invited to submit essays about "My Military Mom/Dad Is My Hero."

Children of active duty and retired service members from all branches of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves, are eligible. The art work must be postmarked by Feb. 16; essays must be submitted by March 16. Winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds.

Information: 703-313-9600, Ext. 10, or

Columbia Association awarding scholarship

The Columbia Association will award its Spirit of Columbia Scholarship to Columbia high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service.

As many as six $2,500 scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on association-assessed property. Applicants must also maintain at least a "C" average and have a history of voluntary service to the Columbia community.

Applications, which must be submitted by March 1, are available at high schools, community centers and the association's headquarters. They can be downloaded at www. (click on the "For Teens & Tots" page.)

Information: 410-715-3175.

Volunteer mentors, tutors are needed

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: Cherry Kaplan, 443-393-1913, or chayaka; Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229 or jwillmott@

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