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School, three businesses form education partnership

Thunder Hill Elementary School has established educational partnerships with three local businesses last week.

NationsBank, Palace Pizzeria and the Patuxent Medical Group Inc. signed agreements with the school agreeing to support various educational programs at the school.

NationsBank will work to improve students' understanding of economics and bank operations, inviting students to tour the local branch, open accounts and role-play as tellers. Bank employees also conducted a seminar for parents to plan for their children's college education.

Palace Pizzeria and its owner, Ed Tolkach, have provided awards for school contests and held a PTA family night in the restaurant. Mr. Tolkach also regularly displays student artwork in the pizzeria.

Patuxent Medical staff conducted a wellness-day program at Thunder Hill, presenting seminars on such subjects as the dangers of smoking. The medical staff also regularly provides information to students and teachers for classroom projects and bulletin-board displays.

The agreements between the three businesses and Thunder Hill were signed Oct. 12.

2 who attended conference on women in China to speak

A forum featuring two women who attended the United Nations women's conference in China will be presented at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

The event is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia.

Gloria Scott was an official delegate and panelist at the conference in Beijing. Ms. Scott is a development economist who has worked at the United Nations and World Bank. She is a consultant focusing on development and population issues.

Columbia resident Jane Walker participated in a forum of nongovernmental organizations, which was held in association with the Beijing meeting in Huairou, China.

She is executive director of the Family Life Center in Columbia and president of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.

Worship services will be at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Music and multilingual readings also will be featured. Information: 381-0097.

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