Education Notes


June 29, 2008

Graduates named outstanding volunteers

Two recent Howard County high school graduates have been selected as Outstanding Student Volunteers for Special Olympics Howard County. Each will receive a one-time scholarship of $1,500.

Stephen Schnorf, a graduate of Wilde Lake High School, is the recipient of the 2008 Jackie Burk Memorial Award. He volunteered in track and field, bowling, cross country and aquatics, as well as at state games. The Burk family is funding the scholarship through memorial donations honoring their daughter Jackie, who was also a student volunteer for Special Olympics.

Megan Norman, a graduate of River Hill High School, has been selected for the Allan Homes Award. She has been an aquatics volunteer since 2006, both as a coach and as a member of the unified relay team. The award was established by Alla Waschak, a member of the Special Olympics management team and aquatics coordinator.

CARE center offers resources, referrals

The CARE Center for Child and Adolescent Resources will help families discuss their needs and offer resources and referrals.

Information is available on community services, county recreation and sports facilities, financial assistance, support groups, emergency needs, help for drug or alcohol abuse, classes for parents, school readiness and achievement, emotional and mental health, child care resources and other topics.

The center is a service of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services. Information: 410-313-CARE (410-313-2273) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or visit

Child care help available for parents in Howard

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center, also part of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, offers assistance for parents seeking licensed child care centers, family child care providers, programs for school-age children and preschools. The service, which is free, is called LOCATE: Child Care.

Trained child care counselors will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will seek to identify child care best suited to the parents' needs, preferences and ability to pay.

LOCATE: Child Care also helps parents find programs they may qualify for, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940 or visit

Program teaches Chinese language to students

The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools and the Chinese Language School of Columbia will present their STARTALK, a summer language camp for middle school students in Howard County. The program seeks to jump-start Chinese language skills for students who do not speak Chinese. Participants will also be involved in cultural activities such as the lion dance, Chinese yo-yo and Chinese calligraphy.

The camp will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. weekdays, tomorrow 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.

The cost is $200.

Information: Bianca Chang,

Summer camp to focus on jazz

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit organization working to advance jazz in the community, will offer a Music and Arts Academy Summer Camp where campers of all skill levels can study instruments, singing and dance.

Jazz saxophonist Carl Grubbs will direct the camp. Instruction will be available on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, drums and keyboards, and in African, modern and tap dance, as well as jazz singing. Campers can take their own instruments or use instruments provided by the camp.

Tuition is $420. Payment plans and scholarships are available for all applicants; scholarships and financial assistance are also available for those who qualify.

The two-week camp for children ages 7 to 16 will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, beginning July 7, at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Tuition is $420. Registration must be completed by July 3. Those who register early will have a greater choice of instruments.

Information: Holly Harden, 410-313-4630, or

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 digital video disc.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

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