Hammond High event to offer tips for college preparation


PARENTS and students are invited to come to an evening of "College Visions/Big Decisions" at Hammond High School, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the school's guidance department and the PTSA, the event will include 20-minute sessions at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with a choice of a dozen topics, including financial planning, parents' perspective and military academies.

Speakers will include representatives from U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mukulski's office, Howard Community College, Morgan State University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland College Park.

"College preparation is a topic for parents and students at all high school grade levels," said PTSA program chairwoman Mary Ann Crawford. "Guidance counselors, teachers and business leaders will be at the program to take part in the discussions."

Information: (410) 313-7615.

Super school citizens

Elementary schools have their stars, too. Stevens Forest Elementary named its January and February Citizens of the Month at an assembly this month.

January team honorees were:

* Cherry: Jake Simmons, Jim Grandfield and Erica Stryker.

* Tulip: Michael Price and Kevin Harding.

* Oak: Brittany Borish, Elizabeth Bieber and Jonathan Kay.

* Dogwood: Michael Nathan, Robbie Black, Marc Schulman and Kim Frederick.

* Sassafras: Jasmin Jennifer, Kenny Beyerle and Kristina Campbell.

February's team stars were:

* Cherry: Becca Price, Margo Santiago and Jessica Brown.

* Tulip: Sarah Sustersich and Michelle Estabrook.

* Oak: Ryan Bender, Claudette Bellony and Ryan Bare.

* Dogwood: Ursula Stamp, Merry Avant-Pybas, Kristina Zanker and Yvonne Waldo.

* Sassafras: Amelia Liebhold, Vikram Misra and Sharon Berlin.

Jeffers Hill Elementary congratulates its Citizens of the Week for the first two weeks of February.

The students are Ben Jacquier and Angela Dorn in kindergarten, Alex Bidas and Scott Robinson in first grade, Amber Wendland and Nicole Thomas in second grade, Alexandra North and Claire Tolbert in third grade, Daniel Alexander and Phillip Oh in fourth grade and Teri Vaughn and Sean Meeker in fifth grade.

Wanted: Little red wagon

Stevens Forest kindergarten teacher Kathy Neville's class needs a little red wagon. Quite often children outgrow the small wagons, but the size is just right for Ms. Neville to put games and books in so that they are handy for the children during their free time.

If you find one, call 313-6900.

Poets and art

The Senior Center at the East Columbia library is presenting "Memory and the Music: American Poets and Their Art."

Today's program, at 1 p.m., is an audiotape and video about "Gwendolyn Brooks: The Power of Language," and the March 5 program will be "The Style and Imagination of Rita Dove."

Information and registration: (410) 313-7680.

Help for parents

Troy Parrish, a member of the staff of Christian Counseling Associates Inc. at Stevens Forest Professional Center, will lead two programs for parents beginning March 7.

"Systematic Training for Effective Parenting" helps parents of toddlers through preteens to understand, encourage and DTC discipline their children through developing years. "Active Parenting of Teens" begins March 8 and will cover topics of courage, self-esteem and communication.

Information and registration: (410) 995-5587 or (301) 596-5759.

Theater camp

East Columbian Sharon Lea, camp coordinator for Camp of the Arts at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village, invites parents and children interested in theater to come to the camp's open house March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Camp director Pam Land and her staff of music, dancing, voice, set design and theater instructors will discuss the beginning, intermediate and advanced training classes for the campers.

Registration for the three sessions, which begin June 6, July 15 and Aug. 5, will be accepted during the open house.

Information: (410) 730-3987.

'Scouting for food'

National Pike District "Scouting for Food" chairwoman Nancy Griffin encourages all residents to place donated food in the specially marked grocery bags left on their doorsteps Saturday.

This Saturday, uniformed Boy Scouts will revisit their neighborhood residents to retrieve the donations of nonperishable food, which will be distributed to several food pantries, including Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, Grassroots, Elizabeth House and FISH.

Information: (301) 498-5109.

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