Simulated congressional hearings set

EDUCATION NOTES

April 27, 2008

Fifth-graders from 29 Howard County elementary schools will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the second "We the People" simulated Congressional hearings, scheduled from May 13 to June 6.

Participating classes will be divided into five groups; each group will deliver four minutes of prepared testimony and field questions.

Topics include the founders' basic ideas of government; how the Constitution was written; the three branches of government; the responsibilities of citizens; and how the Constitutions protects basic rights, including freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Five simulated congressional committees, including public officials, lawyers, community members, constitutional scholars and representatives from the school system and the Maryland Department of Education, will judge the students' performances.

The events, which are the culmination of the fifth-grade social studies curriculum, will be at the participating elementary schools. The "We the People" program is administered by the Center for Civic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Information: Kim Loisel, 410-313-5678.

Program focuses on special needs

The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will present a program about classes, materials and services available at the library for children and teens with special needs.

"Library Resources for Your Child with Special Needs" will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Carson Scholars to be honored today

The Carson Scholars Fund will honor 374 students at its 12th annual Awards Banquet from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Martin's West in Baltimore.

The fund recognizes children in grades 4-11 who have reached a high level of academic achievement and also shown compassion and devotion to community with $1,000 college scholarships. Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson will speak.

The Carson Scholars Fund is dedicated to cultivating future leaders who academically talented and socially conscious. Of the 600 national winners, 374 children and youth are from Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Coloring contest for kids

The Howard Soil Conservation District will sponsor a countywide coloring contest for children in kindergarten through third grade, and a poster contest for children and youth in grades four through 12.

Entries will be judged at the Howard Soil Conservation District board meeting in late May, and prizes will be awarded. The winners will be notified in June, and the work of first-place winners will be submitted to a state contest.

The theme for the poster contest is "Water is Life." Information: http:--www.nacdnet.org/stewardship/2008. Entries must be submitted to the Soil Conservation District by May 8.

Coloring sheets are being distributed to school principals. Information: Kristal McCormick, 410-489-7987.

Course offered on test-taking

The Stressless Tests Program will offer a five-day course, "Summer Study Skills," for high school students from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays, starting Aug. 4 and Aug. 11.

Middle school classes meet from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays, beginning July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11. Classes meet at Centennial High School. The cost is $185, and includes the Study for Success DVD.

Information or to register: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659 or visit www.Stresslesstests.org.

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