Twenty AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers will be assigned...


Twenty AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers will be assigned to Baltimore READS, a private, nonprofit organization, as part of a national initiative to ensure that all children can read independently by the end of the third grade.

The volunteers at Baltimore READS are part of a commitment of 2,500 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers nationally in support of the America Reads Challenge. The volunteers will establish and expand in-school, after-school and summer literacy programs, recruit and train other volunteers, and involve parents in activities to help them become "first teachers."

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that has engaged more than a million citizens in volunteer efforts.

Several activities for children are scheduled this week at Baltimore County public libraries:

"Reptile Rap" -- a visit by animals for children of all ages -- will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Arbutus library, 1581 Sulphur Spring Road.

Children ages 2 to 6 are invited for stories on the theme "Hoe, Hoe, Hoe, How Does Your Garden Grow," at 10: 30 a.m. Thursday at the Pikesville library, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

Bargain books for all ages will be for sale Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Perry Hall library, 9440 Belair Road.

Immaculate Heart of Mary 6th-grader wins spelling bee

WOODLAWN -- Giselle Jose, a sixth-grader at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Towson, won first place in the fourth annual archdiocesan Catholic Schools Spelling Bee by outlasting other contestants and correctly spelling "sovereign."

Giselle got a $100 savings bond, and her school got $1,000 for learning materials for her victory recently at John Paul Regional Catholic School in Woodlawn.

Second place went to Michael Thomas, a fourth-grader at St. Ursula's School on Harford Road, and the third-place winner was Michael Madaio, a fifth-grader at St. Joseph School in Fullerton. They won $75 and $50 savings bonds, respectively.

High school students share books with third-graders


CATONSVILLE -- Ninth-graders from the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science recently entertained Catonsville Elementary School third-graders with books they had written.

The county high school students wrote stories about the human body, in the format of children's literature, combining information they learned in English and biology classes.

The hourlong session of reading coincided with the third-graders' completion of a unit of study on the body.


Learning disabilities focus of Web site, toll-free help line

Parents and teachers who want to learn how to recognize learning disabilities and help children who have them have two new resources.

The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities and the Advertising Council have opened a toll-free help line and an Internet Web site to educate people about learning disabilities.

The telephone number is 888-GR8-MIND. The campaign's Web site is

Pub Date: 5/03/98

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