Education Notes


April 29, 2007

$1,000 scholarships to go to athletes

The Severna Park High School Falcons Boosters will award $1,000 scholarships to one male and one female senior.

Qualified applicants must have been on a varsity sports team at the school for at least two full seasons; be a college-bound senior; have a minimum grade-point average of 2.0; have a written recommendation from a coach, teacher or community leader stressing the applicant's leadership, work ethic, team spirit, positive attitude, exceptional sportsmanship volunteer, community service and outside employment.

The application deadline for the Tom Williams Honorary Athletic Scholarship is Friday.

Information: 410-987-6239 or

Meade High group wins PTA award

The Parent Teacher Student Association at Meade High School recently won a top prize from the National Parent Teacher Association. The Meade group has been awarded the 2006-2007 Unit Achievement Award for establishing goals to increase parent involvement.

National PTA President Anna M. Weselak sent the citation to the school this month in a letter to chapter President Otha Thornton, saying that Meade's PTSA had created an environment that will raise student achievement and encourage parent involvement.

This school year, Meade's PTSA has clocked 4,500 hours of parent involvement and developed working community partnerships and programs, including the school's "No Parent Left Behind" program, which encourages direct parental involvement in school work and activities. Information: 410-674-7710.

Two win scholarships

Elizabeth Seaman from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis was one of two Maryland high school students who won college scholarships in the Young Epidemiology Scholars competition in Washington, D.C. Joining Casey Jao from River Hill High School in Clarksville, Seaman won $2,000 in YES.

Competitors each developed a research project in which they identified a health problem, gathered data about that problem, and addressed the problem based on the data they gathered. Seaman's project was entitled "Teen Drivers Knowledge About Actions in Emergency Driving Situations."

The 60 winners in the national competition were chosen by a panel of judges that included some of the nation's top epidemiologists, as well as high school teachers and curriculum developers. The competitors gave oral presentations about their projects and fielded questions from the judges.

YWCA offers assistance

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County YWCA is offering assistance to low-income students who may be eligible for help with payments for child care and transportation. Students must be enrolled in a Career Tech program at Anne Arundel Community College, be unmarried and meet federal low-income guidelines.

The YWCA provides payments of $5 per hour per child and $1.50 for each trip to school, with a cap of $250 per student. Information: 410-626-7800, Ext. 207 or

County offers child care

County Executive John R. Leopold has offered day care for families with children previously enrolled in the Daily Discoveries day care in Crofton.

Daily Discoveries abruptly closed two weeks ago. About 180 children were suddenly left without before- and after-school care.

The county is offering before- and after-school care for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at Crofton Meadows Elementary School, Four Seasons Elementary School and Waugh Chapel Elementary School. Information: 410-222-7856.

Facilities workshop is scheduled

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will hold a Strategic Facilities Overview Workshop at 9 a.m. Friday at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road in Millersville.

The public is welcome, but no public testimony will be taken.

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