In 1921,

American Education Week began with hopes it would raise awareness about the importance of public education, according to the National Education Association website.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, area schools will celebrate the 90th American Education Week with the following activities:

Arbutus Middle School – 5525 Shelbourne Road, 410-887-1402. Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Special activities planned between 8 a.m. and noon Nov. 15 for grade six, Nov. 16 for grade seven and Nov. 17 for grade eight.


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Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies – 901 South Rolling Road, 410-887-0934

Visits by parents and guardians welcome all week. Nov. 16 is the official visit day.

Catonsville Elementary School– 615 Frederick Road, 410-887-0800

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Nov. 14 for kindergarten; Nov. 15 for grades two and three; Nov. 16 for grades four and five; and Nov. 17 for pre-kindergarten and grade one. Please note, parking in numbered spaces reserved for school staff.

A Giving Tree will be set up in the school's lobby from which visitors may take a tag and provide a gift for those in need.

Book fair during school hours throughout the week.

Family Night is Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Catonsville High School – 421 Bloomsbury Avenue, 410-887-0808.

PTA will host tables welcoming parents and guardians to visit all week.

Catonsville Middle School – 2301 Edmondson Avenue, 410-887-0803

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 15 for grade six, Nov. 16 for grade seven and Nov. 17 for grade eight. Each visitation day will feature a performance by the school's music ensembles.

UCP Delrey School – 3610 Commerce Drive, 410-314-5000.

Teachers of six classes at the school have planned community outreach projects for their students next week. Projects include preparing food for Our Daily Bread and for Helping Hands, collecting nonperishable food items for Maryland Food Bank, making small gift items for residents of Maryland Baptist Aged Home in west Baltimore, creating a poster on American Education Week to display in local post office and making and sending cards to soldiers overseas.

Edmondson Heights Elementary School – 1600 Langford Road, 410-887-0818

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 14 for 3-year-old students and grade one; Nov. 15 for grades two and three; Nov. 16 for pre-kindergarten and grade four; and Nov. 17 for kindergarten and grade five. Grandparents of all students welcome Nov. 18..

Hillcrest Elementary School – 1500 Frederick Road, 410-887-0820