In Anne Arundel CountyWorkshop to address learning...


In Anne Arundel County

Workshop to address learning difficulties

HANOVER -- Parents' Place of Maryland, a federally funded resource center for the families of people with disabilities, will hold a workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday on what parents can do if they suspect a child has difficulty learning.

The program will address the basic "IEP Team" process in setting up an Individualized Education Program -- a plan that is required for every child in special education.

Established in 1990 and staffed by parents of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses, Parents' Place carries out a philosophy of "parents helping parents." Its workshops are free, but a donation of $5 is suggested for those who can afford it, to defray the cost of materials. Parents' Place is in Suite S at 7484 Candlewood Road. Information: 410-859-5300.

Summer reading program's top participants honored

ANNAPOLIS -- Jones Elementary School of Severna Park and Rockbridge Academy of Crofton have been named as the public and private school winners in the Anne Arundel County Public Library's summer reading program.

Jones Elementary had 58 percent student participation in the seven-week program, and Rockbridge Academy had 46 percent. Each school will be presented with a trophy to display during the academic year -- Jones on Tuesday, and Rockbridge on Nov. 4.

The library will also award ribbons to Millersville Elementary School and Aleph Bet Jewish Day School of Annapolis, the public and private schools with the greatest increase in student participation.

Middle-schoolers to hold literature, poetry reading

PASADENA -- Students from the George Fox Middle School Reading/Book Club will read excerpts from novels and recite poetry in a celebration of Teen Reading Week at 6: 30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the media center of the school, at 7922 Outing Ave.

The program also will include performances by several music and dance students, and young visual artists will display their work.

Information: Meg Kauder, 410-437-5512, Ext. 29.

In Maryland

Contest has students write 'Letters About Literature'

COLUMBIA -- The Maryland Center for the Book at the Howard County Library, the national Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, and Weekly Reader Corp. are sponsoring a contest, "Letters About Literature 2000."

Students in grades four through seven and grades eight through 12 submit letters written to authors, describing their responses to a book and how a character or event in it changed the student's view of the world and himself or herself. National winners receive a $1,000 savings bond. First-place state winners receive $100. The contest ends Dec. 17. Applications: 410-313-7750, or

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