Feast for Literacy set for tomorrow


October 14, 2007

FIRN will hold a "Feast for Literacy" from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Jesse Wong's Hong Kong Restaurant, 10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

The event will feature an Asian buffet, including appetizers, entrees, desserts, wine, beer, sodas and tea. The cost is $50. Those who attend can drop in at any time for the buffet.

Proceeds will help support FIRN's Club LEAP, a program providing English training to children with limited skills in the language. Club LEAP (Learning English After-school Program) serves children enrolled in the Howard County public school system's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program.

FIRN is also seeking to expand English language tutoring for adults.

Information or to purchase tickets to the buffet: 410-992- 1923.

Students to meet with school board

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a lunch meeting with student leaders at noon Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will meet with PTA presidents and the Community Advisory Council at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the same location. The meeting is an opportunity for discussion of concerns in an informal setting.

HCC schedules information sessions

Howard Community College will hold high school information sessions for prospective college students and their parents.

Sessions will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language, Business Building and at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Transfer Center of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

The sessions will highlight college programs and services, including Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and they will include a discussion of financial aid. Participants will be invited to tour the campus.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

Data on students can be disclosed

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorizes local school systems to disclose information from the educational records of a student that is designated as "directory information."

The information includes basic biographical information but not grades, test results, or academic or discipline records.

Included are the student's name, address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, participation in school activities, weight and height (for athletes), dates of school attendance, degrees and awards and previous educational institutions attended.

State law permits public school systems to release a student's home address and phone number to organizations of parents, teachers, students or former students at the school, such as PTAs, booster clubs and class reunion committees; the military (for example, military recruiters); a representative of a community college in the state; or a representative of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Parents who wish to restrict the release of such information are required to complete and sign a parental option form for each child. Parents who have not yet submitted a form and want to submit one should do so as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Teacher workshops at Patuxent refuge

The environmental education office of the Patuxent Research Refuge is offering workshops for teachers at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel.

"Project Wild/Ecological Concepts" is planned for Saturday and "Project Learning Tree" for Nov. 18.

The workshops provide a variety of hands-on activities to be used with environmental education or life science curricula.

The cost is $15 per workshop. Participants receive a grade- and age-appropriate curriculum guide.

The National Wildlife Visitor center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197.

Information or registration: 301-497-5898 or 301-497-5763 or http:--patuxent.fws.gov.

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