Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

November 22, 2007

Holiday giving

DSS Volunteer Office to begin toy collection

A holiday toy drive for needy children will be launched Monday by the Volunteer Office of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.

Cromwell Valley Elementary School has adopted the project for its holiday charitable activity.

Toy collections will continue through Dec. 21. Unwrapped new toys can be dropped off at several locations: all Bradford Bank branches in the county, Silhouettes in the Kenwood Shopping Center, Beverly Hochstedt Florist at 9502 Harford Road, or any Baltimore County Public Library branch.

Toys also can be brought to the annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the park on Towson Circle and Allegheny Avenue. Boxes will be available for toy drop-off.

Information: 410-853-3024.

Dundalk

Eighth-grader wins Lions poster prize

An eighth-grade Dundalk Middle School student has won the top local prize in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Chrisielle Faye Pagarigan won the Central Maryland Lions' contest for her poster of a white dove, an olive branch and hands holding a circle of children.

She entered the contest through the Dundalk Lions Club, and her poster was chosen from 500 entries in the Central Maryland area.

Her entry will advance to the local district, multiple district and international levels of competition. A grand-prize winner and 23 merit winners will be chosen.

Chrisielle will be honored by the Dundalk Lions Club at its meeting Tuesday at the Poplar Inn Restaurant.

School system

Comcast to recognize parental involvement

Parents and guardians of students in the county school system will be honored as part of the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards.

The award's theme is "Choose Your Seat. Get Involved." A parent or guardian in each of the state's 24 school systems will be recognized for "exemplary contributions" to public education, according to state officials. In addition to the local winners, a statewide winner will be chosen.

Nominations, which must be postmarked by Jan. 23, can be made in five areas:

Communication -- Fostering communication that has an impact on the school community.

Volunteering -- Recruiting or organizing volunteers, or supporting school activities.

Learning -- Organizing or coordinating learning activities that reinforce homework or classroom skills.

Decision making -- Participating on decision-making committees, or in programs that advocate system or policy changes, or serving as a representative for the school or education community.

Community collaboration -- Coordinating resources and services for the school community, which could include fundraisers or coordinating services from the school community for others.

To be considered for an award, nominees must be a parent or legal guardian of a child who attends a Maryland public school and is not an employee of Comcast, the State Department of Education or a public school system.

Application forms can be downloaded at www.marylandpublic schools.org.

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