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One-Howard-County event inspires 'upstanders'

One-Howard-County — an initiative aimed at inspiring youth to be "upstanders" instead of bystanders when it comes to builying — is hosting its second Family Night Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia Library.

It's the second of four such events held by the organization, created by Howard County Board of Education Vice-Chairman Brian Meshkin and his wife, Catherine.

The first, last fall at the Glenwood Library, featured high school students leading families in role-playing games to help students learn how to stand up to bullies.

The event at the East Columbia Library will build on the first family night, according to a release from Meshkin, and will include a presentation by Tim Woda, co-founder of, the developer of a "parental intelligence system" to help keep children safer online. Participants in Monday's event will be given free access to the program.

One-Howard-County is geared toward reducing cyberbullying and other digital dangers for youth and adults.

Two more events are scheduled for this school year: March 18 at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City, and May 6 at the Savage Branch Library in Laurel.

For more information, contact Christine Martin at 410-964-9031.

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