Education Notes


December 24, 2006

HCC students to help with Katrina relief

As part of Howard Community College's first "Alternative Winter Break" trip, 10 Howard Community College students and two advisers have volunteered to help residents of Kiln, Miss., restore homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The college's Center for Service Learning and Community Collaborations International are working with local agencies to organize the project, the college's first alternative winter trip after two successful spring trips.

During the college's Alternative Break trip in April, students and their advisers spent a week conducting service projects in the Gulf states.

Information: Carol Parreco, 410-772-4432.

Schools put texts, materials on display

Textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in the Howard County public schools will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Jan. 16 (except tomorrow and Tuesday, and Jan. 1 and 15) in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Everyone is invited to review the materials. Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of any of the materials.

Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin will present his proposed fiscal 2008 operating budget at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 in the boardroom at the Department of Education.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Reading program seeks family pictures

As part of its Family Winter Reading Program, the Howard County Library is seeking adventuresome pictures of families or family members reading together, to be posted next month on the library's Web site and in its branches. (The pictures will not be returned.)

Photographs, whether prints or digital, and hand-drawn artwork will be accepted and can be submitted at a branch library. Information:

Girls magazine posted on the Web

Unwritten, a magazine created by founding delegates of Journey, a summer camp for middle-school girls sponsored by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, has been published online at www.womens

The magazine, written by girls for girls, was a group project by participants in the six-day summer program at McDaniel College in Westminster. The focus of the program was womanhood -- what it means to be a woman, society's expectations for girls and how to become one's own person.

Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc. was a partner in sponsoring the camp. Registration for next year's camp, which will be held at Washington College in Chestertown, will begin next month.

Information: www.womens To join a mailing list, e-mail, jeanmoon@com

Classes scheduled on study skills

Registration is open for Stressless Tests Middle School Study Skills classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 9, at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

High School Study Skills classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 3, at Centennial High School.

The cost is $165 for either series of four classes, and includes the digital video disc Study for Success.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

High schools hold JROTC enrollment

Registration is open for students interested in enrolling in Junior ROTC 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.

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.

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