Education Notes


December 03, 2006

Marijuana scheduled as HC DrugFree topic

HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering parents to raise drug-free teens, will offer a free program for parents and high school students, "Flying High in Howard County: Is Marijuana Going Mainstream?"

The program will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the second-floor media center at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

Information will be provided on how marijuana affects the brain, how to explain its effect on teens' emotional, social and academic lives and how it is being used socially by teens. Mark Donovan, a counselor in private practice, will speak.

Reservations are not needed. Admission is free.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879, or www.hcdrug

JROTC registration to begin for 3 schools

Registration is to open tomorrow for students interested in enrolling in JROTC at Atholton, Howard or Oakland Mills high schools.

Those interested in being considered for the program should contact one of the schools and arrange for an interview.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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.

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 artwork 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 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.columbia (click on "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 an 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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