Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

November 23, 2008

Cecil College collecting donations for needy

Cecil College will hold its ninth annual Stuff-a-Truck event to gather donations for the needy during the holiday season from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Wal-Mart in Elkton, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Cecil's North East campus, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the American Legion Hall in Rising Sun.

Items needed include diapers, unscented wipes, bleach, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, toddler and children's toothpaste, paper towels, bibs, liquid hand soap, tissues, disinfecting wipes, unwrapped children's toys, baby formula, washcloths and nonperishable food items.

All contributions go to Cecil County families in need and are distributed through the Family Education Center and the Ray of Hope Mission Center.

Information: 410-287-1000.

Reading help for adults

Harford Community College will offer pre-GED advising sessions for adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing or math skills.

Free Adult Basic Education review classes and one-on-one literacy tutoring for beginning readers are available at various times, dates and locations Dec. 1-15.

English as a Second Language (ESL) advising also is offered at various dates, times and locations Dec. 2-15. ESL is for foreign-born adults ages 16 and older who would like to improve English communication skills. Free beginning and intermediate classes begin every six weeks.

Attendance at an advising session is required for entry into either class.

Information: 410-836-4115.

Student performances set

Cecil College's student performing company, Station Players, will present "Beneath the Ink," along with two capstone projects, at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Performing Arts Hall of Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave.

Parental discretion is advised. "Beneath the Ink" is an original work of seven pieces incorporating dance, music and theater. The theme of each work is the reason for getting a tattoo and experiences resulting from the decision.

The evening includes two capstone projects - works that fourth-semester performing arts majors have chosen and prepared with assistance from faculty mentors.

Accompanied by Stephanie Catinella on cello, Nate Paruch will perform The Trip on guitar, an original piece he has been working on with inspiration from his life experiences, that takes an emotional journey from beauty to turmoil.

In Ask Me How I'm Feeling, student Eric Northern plays a bohemian pianist awestruck by a beautiful girl in a jazz club. The piece follows his efforts to musically entice her interest with original arrangements of My Favorite Things and Putting on the Ritz.

An artists' reception will be held after the Saturday matinee. Advance reservations are recommended for both shows at 410-392-3366. Walk-ins will be admitted as seating allows. Tickets are $5.

Guests also can visit the Elkton Station Gallery for the Fine Arts Faculty and Student Holiday Exhibit, which opens Dec. 5, with a reception and pottery sale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the Elkton Winter Arts Loop.

Online courses on reading

Harford Community College is teaming up with Ed2go to offer more than 300 online, instructor-facilitated courses, including "Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work" and "Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success."

The autism class helps teachers understand the neurobiology behind autism disorders and how they affect students' behavior and how to help students deal with their situation.

New sessions of each course start every month.

Information: www.ed2go.com/harford.

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