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Schools remember Martin Luther King Jr. with events [North Laurel/Savage]

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was celebrated in local schools in some special ways this year. The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission hosted a reception and program at Reservoir High School on Jan. 14. Hammond Middle School student Morgan Lane was awarded with the second-place essay award. I asked her about her winning work and she told me that her mom’s suggestion prompted her decision to write an essay that was about how she could translate Dr. King’s vision in today’s world. Morgan wrote about how one person can truly make a difference like Dr. King did, when he worked so hard to influence laws to help make changes for all people. In school, Morgan enjoys Spanish class and her seminar on film production. She also plays soccer, reads a lot and enjoys making slime and watching family vlogs which, I learned, are videos of families who post their daily activities on Youtube.

Hammond High School has earned the distinction of being the only school in Maryland and one of eight schools in the country to be named a School of Opportunity by the National Education Policy Center out of the University of Colorado. According to hcpss.org, Hammond was recognized for its “commitment to equity and excellence” and for giving “all students the opportunity to succeed” through a project-based curriculum. Students are encouraged to take at least one higher-level course during their high school career. Ten criteria include “broad and enriching learning opportunities; a healthy school culture; use of a variety of assessments; support for teachers as professionals; meeting the needs of students with disabilities and language minority students; services and supports including mental and physical health; challenging, culturally relevant curriculum; and parent/community engagement.” To be designated a School of Opportunity, Hammond High School was required to demonstrate outstanding achievement in at least four of those 10 criteria. The students and staff of Hammond High School are to be commended for this colossal achievement.

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The students and staff of Fulton Elementary School have bid a fond farewell to Anthony Esposito, the former assistant principal. He has left Fulton after serving the students, parents and staff for three years. He has been named the new principal at Running Brook Elementary School in Columbia. The vacancy left by Esposito has been filled by Molly Caroland. She joins the staff of Fulton Elementary after working as a math support teacher at Centennial Lane, Ilchester and Hollified Station elementary schools.

The Savage Historical Society will meet Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Faith and Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St. in Savage. All are invited to attend this free meeting and are asked to enter on the Foundry Street side. This month’s topic is "Wendel Bollman: Building Bridges" and will be presented by Galen R. Menne, the society president.

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