Education Digest


December 28, 2008

Celebrating King's legacy

St. John's College will hold a seminar on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 10.

Participants should arrive at 9:30 a.m. for check-in and refreshments. Tutors will lead small groups of participants in a discussion of the letter that King wrote to his fellow clergy in Birmingham in response to their condemnation of civil disobedience in the city. The seminar is free, but advance registration is required online at or at 410-626-2530.

Also in honor of King's birthday, the college will hold the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, "Lift Every Voice," at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Participants include the All Children's Chorus of Annapolis, Artscentric, the Anne Arundel Community College Chorus, the All Children's Choir of Annapolis, the Queen Sisters, Asbury United Methodist-Men's Choir and the Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Mass Choir.

The concert is free to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. A reception will be held afterward. Information: 410-626-2539.

Winter art courses

The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, has announced specialty winter classes.

Artists can "Learn Skills for Painting" from Christine O'Neill from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays starting Jan. 7. Students will learn watercolors and drawing tools, and investigate color, quick sketch, perspective drawing and composition. The cost is $210.

"Intuitive Painting" will teach students how to find their creative flow using acrylics. Trisha Tamariz will teach two sessions: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 21 and again March 4. The cost is $195.

Mary J. Arthur will teach "Representational Painting" from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays starting Feb. 23. Students will learn techniques for painting in oil. The cost is $230.

A two-day workshop on "Hand Painted Silk Scarves" will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 12 and 13. Margo Hite will lead students in using watercolor brush strokes to allow the colors to flow and blend for vibrant hues. Students will create five scarves, each 11 inches by 60 inches, hand-hemmed pure silk.

The cost is $135. The winter/spring course catalog for this and other classes is available online at Information: 410-263-5544.

Commendable operations

The state recently recognized three Anne Arundel County public schools for exemplary building maintenance and operations practices.

Central Middle School, Four Seasons Elementary School and the Center of Applied Technology North were given citations of superior maintenance during a Maryland State Board of Public Works meeting.

"I am truly proud of the work that our maintenance and operations staff members do around the clock daily to support student achievement and community togetherness," said county schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell.

The Interagency Committee on School Construction and State Department of General Services recommend schools for exemplary practices based on inspections of a sample of schools across Maryland. Inspections are conducted with no notice, and schools are judged on cleanliness, proficiency in maintenance practices, as well as overall operations.

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