Concert raises $3,000 for school

EDUCATION NOTES

May 04, 2008

The nonprofit Journey Foundation raised about $3,000 at its April 24 jazz concert and silent auction to help pay for breakfast and lunch for needy students at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie.

The money helps provide meals for 10 students whose families don't qualify for the federal reduced-price lunch program but still need assistance, said Pamela Fowler, a teacher at Corkran and a board member of the Journey Foundation. Her brother, jazz musician Norman Evans, founded the organization in 2006 after hearing her stories about hungry children misbehaving in class.

Evans, a Grammy nominee this year, performed at the third annual concert at Abundant Life Church in Glen Burnie.

During the school year, the foundation holds food drives to stock a food pantry at Corkran Middle School. The pantry was able to feed 53 families this year, 20 more than last year, Fowler said.

Schools' last day now June 6

Most Anne Arundel County school students will be getting out of school a week earlier than they had planned.

A new decision by the State Board of Education has allowed the school district to make the last day June 6, instead of June 12. The state granted the earlier end date because the district hadn't used three of the inclement-weather or emergency days it had built into its schedule.

The last day for graduating seniors will be May 30. The last day for students in half-day prekindergarten will be June 2.

Also, five schools will close one day early so that summer construction and maintenance projects may begin. The last day of class for students at Hillsmere, Hilltop, Oak Hill and Tyler Heights elementary schools and at Severna Park Middle School will be June 5.

Other important end-of-year dates include: May 22-23: Exams for seniors at Centers of Applied Technology; May 27-30: Final exams for seniors; June 2: Exams for underclassmen at Centers of Applied Technology; June 3-6: Final exams for underclassmen; June 11: Last day for teachers.

Testimony welcome at board hearings

The School Board Nominating Commission of Anne Arundel County is holding more public hearings Monday and May 12.

The commission announced an expanded schedule for public hearings last month after overwhelming interest in positions for the school board. Twelve people are running for the at-large seat, while six have applied for the newly created seat representing District 32 in the northwest portion of the county.

Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold West Campus, in the Cade building, Room 219. The hearings will be videotaped and replayed on AACPS-TV, with dates and times to be released. Check http:--aacps.org/sbnc for up-to-date information on broadcasts.

After some confusion at previous public hearings, the SBNC also released revised guidelines last week for the coming Monday hearing, which will include time for "designated applicant support" and general public testimony.

Information: sbncacc@gmail.com.

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