Education Notes


November 26, 2006

Workshop to support help with English

The Howard County Office of Children's Services will sponsor a workshop for parents and professionals in child care, "Say That Again? Supporting Non-English Speaking Children and Families," from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at 3300 N. Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

The workshop will offer strategies for working with children for whom English is a second language and support that can be offered to families to help their children make the transition to an English-speaking environment.

The cost is $10. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Engineering focus in program for girls

The Johns Hopkins University student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers has organized a one-day program for middle school girls, "Ready, Set, Design!" -- to be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall, Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about careers in engineering, design a team project and meet with college engineering majors.

Admission is free, but registration is required by Thursday. Registration: www. ~asme/readysetdesign.html.

County Literacy Fair to be held Saturday

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. Saturday 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.

Group giving $10,000 in arts 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 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

CA to award up to 6 `Spirit' scholarships

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 (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.

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

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