Education Notes


June 22, 2008

Underage drinking, alcohol abuse to be discussed

The Columbia Association Teen Center, Howard County Library and Howard County Health Department will co-sponsor a discussion on preventing underage drinking and alcohol abuse from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The free program is made possible through Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, a national initiative to prevent alcohol use by children ages 9 to 15.

Information: 410-992-3726.

Child-safety workshop scheduled for Tuesday evening in Ellicott City

The Howard County Office of Children's Services will sponsor "Keeping Our Children Safe: Preventing, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse," a workshop for parents and child care and early childhood professionals, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Office of Children's Offices, 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 380, Ellicott City.

The workshop is to include a discussion of the signs of abuse, how to report it in Howard County and strategies to help prevent it. The cost is $10.

"Money In Your Pocket: The Maryland Credential," a presentation about the bonus that can be earned by submitting records of workshops attended, educational transcript, and volunteer hours in early child to the state's Office of Child Care, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the same location. The cost is $10.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Board of Education to meet with PTA executive officers

The Howard County Board of Education will meet with PTA executive officers at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Boardroom B at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education.

The meeting will begin with a public forum during which members of the public may address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign up in advance is preferred: 410-313-7194.To request a sign-language interpreter for any Board of Education meeting: Colleen Rice, 310-313-7046.

Chinese language-skills camp for children to start June 30

The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools and the Chinese Language School of Columbia will present a summer language camp for middle school students. The program seeks to jump-start Chinese language skills for students who do not speak Chinese. The cost is $200.

The camp will be held weekdays, June 30 through July 25; an optional cultural camp will be offered July 28-29. Both camps are for students entering grades six through nine and will be held at Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane.

Information: Bianca Chang,

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