Education Digest

School board signing contract with Cousin tomorrow morning

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education to sign a contract with school Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin.


Appointed to the post last week, Cousin had served as interim superintendent since March 1.

The board will hold a public hearing on the fiscal 2006 capital budget and the fiscal 2007-2011 capital improvement program at 7:30 p.m. July 22.


The hearing will be held during the evening session of the regularly scheduled board meeting at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The evening session, and the afternoon session that is to start at 4 p.m., will begin with a public forum, during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal public hearing process.

The board welcomes public participation.

Sign-up in advance is preferred. Those who want to testify at the hearing are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

Information or to sign up: 410-313-7197.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410- 313-7046. Two weeks' advance notice is preferred.

Parent to Parent group is seeking mentors

Parent to Parent of Howard and Baltimore counties matches parents of children with special needs with other parents for one-on-one support.


The group is looking for mentors and inviting parents who would like to participate.

Information: 443-562-4772.

Touring summer camps head to amusement parks

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering Teens on Tour summer camps: two weeks of traveling to amusement parks and other destinations in and out of Maryland and an overnight stay in a hotel.

Remaining two-week sessions start Monday and July 19 and Aug. 2.

The groups will choose daily adventures from a variety of destinations, including Wild- water Kingdom, Rehoboth Beach, Six Flags America and Hershey Park. The camps conclude with a cookout.


The cost is $425, including transportation, supervision, admission to attractions, the overnight hotel stay and a commemorative camp T-shirt.

Information or registration: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-4719.

Nature programs planned at Mount Pleasant

The Howard County Conservancy will offer summer nature programs for preschooolers, ages 3 to 5, and their parents or caregivers at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock.

Topics are to include "Busy Bees" (Tuesday); "Wiggly Worms" (July 20); "Marvelous Mammals" (Aug. 17); and "Feel the Wind" (Aug. 31).

The programs, which run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., include stories, crafts and a short nature walk, weather permitting. The cost is $5 a child.


Registration is required. The 232-acre farm, which houses the conservancy's offices, is at 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Information: 410-465-8877.

Homeschool Book Swap is scheduled for July 7

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold its fourth Homeschool Book Swap, Shop and Show from noon to 3 p.m. July 7 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

New and used books and other educational material will be available.

Admission is free, but sellers must register.


Information: 410-740-6688.

9 weeks of free movies being offered in Columbia

Regal Entertainment Group is providing nine weeks of free summer G- and PG-rated movies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Snowden Square, on Snowden River Parkway, Columbia.

The Regal Entertainment Group's Free Family Film Festival continues today and July 6-7, July 13-14, July 20-21, July 27-28, Aug. 3-4, Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 17-18.

Columbia Association offering summer camps

The Columbia Association's summer camp program is accepting registration for a variety of camps for children.


Camp Discovery for those in grades six to nine offers day trips to recreation areas and outdoor activities such as caving, hiking, rock climbing and canoeing.

Trek, for grades seven to nine, allows campers to choose their destination for trips.

Camp Esprit, for girls in grades six to eight, offers indoor and outdoor activities and a slumber party the first Wednesday of each session.

Nature camp, for kindergarten through fifth grade, and Nature/Sail Camp, for sixth-graders, are open for registration.

Other camps are also available. Sessions vary from one to two weeks each.

Information: 410-715-3165, or