YWCA to get $60,000 for Turning Point

EDUCATION NOTES

December 16, 2007

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will receive a $60,000 grant to supplement their after-school programming and $50 gift cards in recognition for its after-school program, Turning Point.

The United Way of Central Maryland is awarding the grant after getting $94,000 from the J.C. Penney Afterschool Fund and matching that amount to fund three after-school programs.

Also, J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is donating $50 gift cards to each child participating in the Anne Arundel program to help young people buy clothing and school supplies.

Turning Point operates throughout the school year, supporting high school girls with academic and behavioral challenges in an effort to ensure their academic success. Special programming promotes positive life skills and cultural diversity.

Smithsonian offers student programs

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will offer these winter-spring programs for home-schooled students:

Beginning Chemistry: Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will learn about atoms, their structure, how they join together to make molecules and more.

Measuring: Feb. 21: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7. Students will learn how and why we measure and reinforce their number skills by taking measurements of everyday objects.

Surface Area in Nature: Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will learn how animals' bodies are able to have an incredible amount of surface area in such small places.

Create a Cell, March 6, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7. Students will learn about cell structure and function with hands-on activities creating plant and animal cells.

Cells and Microscopes: March 6, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will learn about the diversity of cells depending on their function in plants and animals.

Welcome Back Osprey: March 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7. Students will learn about osprey and their importance in the bay, by playing games, doing crafts and visiting an osprey nest.

Cladistics or Classifying: March 19, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will try their hand at basic cladistics, or classification, starting with chocolate and moving up to mollusks.

T3-Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins: April 2, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will learn about the differences of turtles, tortoises and terrapins while observing turtles and terrapins.

Beaver Pond Visit: April 17, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will visit an active beaver pond and look for signs of beavers and a lodge. This activity is limited to 20 children, no adults or siblings, because of transportation constraints.

Animal Behavior: May 22, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will undertake observation of animal behavior, using insects to observe courtship and territoriality. They will record data and make hypotheses using the scientific method.

Scat and Barf: June 12, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. Students will learn about how animal leavings are often a clue to how they live, what they eat and their overall health.

It costs $60 to attend all eight classes, $45 for six classes, $25 for three classes and $17 for two. The drop-in fee is $9, but space is not guaranteed. Each class is limited to 20 students.

Information: Karen McDonald, 301-238-2737.

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