Education Digest


Information session on Craft Collegians set for Thursday

Howard Community College will hold an information session for high school students interested in the Silas Craft Collegians Program and their parents at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Room 100 of the college's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program is designed for recent high school graduates whose past academic performance does not reflect their potential.

The Silas Craft program, which prepares students for an associate's degree or to transfer to a four-year college, offers skills assessment and development, tutoring, advising, peer support, extracurricular experiences and a sense of community.

Information: 410-772-4599; TDD, 410-772-4023.

Hand-painted figurines are on sale at college

Hand-painted and signed holiday plaster figurines by Howard Community College Professor Vladimir Marinich will be on sale from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 in the college's Burrill Galleria.

Proceeds will be donated to the HCC Educational Foundation's Marion Durkan Endowment Fund, a nursing scholarship created in memory of Durkan, who, with Marinich, started the tradition of creating whimsical Santas as gifts more than a decade ago.

Information: 410-772-4450.

Pair new to school board to be sworn in Monday

Newly elected Board of Education members Diane Mikulis and Mary Kay Sigaty will take office during a swearing-in ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-7197.

Textbooks and materials to go on display for review

Textbooks and textbook-related material recommended for first-time use in the Howard County public schools will be on display in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The material will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Dec. 9 through Jan. 28, with the exception of Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1 and 17.

Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the materials.

Information: 410-313-6665.

Entry deadline is Saturday for student writing contest

The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores, is sponsoring a writing contest, "Letters About Literature," for young readers who are asked to write a letter to their favorite author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves.

The national prize is a trip to Washington and $500 Target gift certificate.

The entry deadline is Saturday.

The Maryland Center for the Book will select the top essayists in the state at each of three levels: Level I, for children in grades four, five and six; Level II for those in grades seven and eight; and Level III for students in grades nine through 12.

Information or to receive the entry coupon required to participate: 410-313- 7766, or

Workshop on ADD, ADHD scheduled for tomorrow

The Parent Resource Place, a program of Jewish Family Services in Howard County, will offer a workshop for parents with Brett Greenberger, "Is it ADD/ADHD or Just Me? What's Developmentally Appropriate and What's Cause for Concern?" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Parent Resource Place, Jewish Federation of Howard County, 8950 Route 108 in Columbia. Admission is free.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, ext. 26.

CA holding poster contest for Black History Month

The Columbia Association, in partnership with Corridor Transportation and the Howard County Office of Public Information, is holding a Black History Month Poster Contest, "Images of Freedom," for Columbia middle and high school students.

Students are asked to interpret the theme "Images of Freedom" on a horizontal sheet of letter-sized white paper, in pencil, colored pencil, inks, markers or paint. No controversial words are permitted.

The artists should include a separate sheet of paper with name, age, school, address and phone number.

Entries must be mailed by Dec. 17 to "Images of Freedom" Poster Contest, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Five winning entries will be displayed on the sides of Howard County Transit vehicles during February.

Information: Megan Monahan, 410-715-3171, or Megan.Monahan@

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