Education Notes


December 10, 2006|By Anica Butler

3,000 pupils lack vaccinations

More than 3,000 pupils in Anne Arundel still need state-required vaccinations to avoid missing class time, school system officials said last week.

Maryland requires chickenpox (varicella) and hepatitis B vaccinations for sixth- through ninth-graders. More than 92 percent of middle school pupils and 73 percent of ninth-graders have received them; 1,805 ninth graders and 1,285 middle school students have not, school and county health officials said.

The school system plans to hold a meeting before the Jan. 2 deadline between principals and pupils needing the vaccinations. Those who have had chickenpox can be exempted from that vaccination if their parents provide proof of a diagnosis. Pupils who have had blood tests showing immunity to hepatitis B or varicella also can be exempted.

The Department of Health provides free vaccinations at walk-in clinics at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W, Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; the Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road, Odenton, 410-222-6660; and the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 410-222-7247.

Information: www.aa, school health services, 410-222-6838, or immunization services, 410-222-4896.

Nonprofit group offers scholarships

The nonprofit Scholarships for Scholars is again offering scholarship opportunities to public, private and home-schooled students in Anne Arundel County.

The organization has awarded 578 recipients with more than $1.7 million in scholarship funding since its inception in 1983.

Scholarships of at least $4,000 are awarded annually for outstanding ability in art, business education, family and consumer science, computer science, career and technology education, English, foreign language, journalism, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies and theater arts/musical theater/dance.

Scholarships for Scholars also funds the Civic Leadership Scholarship and the Edward J. Anderson and the Board of Education scholarship, which go to two students who most demonstrate excellence.

Additionally, several $2,000 scholarships are administered by the nonprofit but funded by other organizations.

Applications are available from high school guidance counselors and are due by Feb. 9, 2007. Winners will be notified by the beginning of April and will be honored at a ceremony that month.

Information: Scholarships for Scholars, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis 21401; 410-626-7013; or

Child ID kits to be sold

Parents will be able to buy child identification kits during First Night Annapolis festivities this year.

The identification program, called Kids Safe, will be at the First Act program for children on New Year's Eve at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Kids Safe will create a photo ID card of a child and take his or her fingerprints and store them digitally. Within a week, the family will receive the identification kit, which can aid in the quick and safe return of abducted children, according to Kids Safe.

First Act will take place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

Information: 410-268-8553 or

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