Education Notes


School system gets $994,183 grant for U.S. history program

Anne Arundel County's public school system was recently awarded a Teaching American History grant of $994,183, making it the only public school system in the state to receive the subsidy this year.

More than 120 systems across the country received grants ranging from $300,000 to $1 million.

With the grant, 90 county teachers selected from the school system's U.S. history teams in grades five, eight and 11 will participate in a three-year professional development program designed to enhance their knowledge of U.S. history with the goal of increasing student enrollment in the Advanced Placement U.S. history course.

The program will be developed by experienced teachers, historians and archivists, many drawn from the Center of History Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The Martha Ross Center for Oral History will introduce county teachers to research methods of oral history and the pedagogy involved in using it to teach historical research skills, motivation and subject appreciation. The Maryland State Archives and Maryland Historical Society will help develop the three-year program.

Toys for Tots drop-off at community college

Anne Arundel Community College has been designated as a drop-off site for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily through Dec. 22 at the college's Department of Public Safety in the Isaac Cox House, the white, two-story building visible from the second AACC entrance on College Parkway from the intersection with Ritchie Highway.

Marines will distribute the toys to needy children with the aid of local social welfare agencies and county churches. The Toys for Tots campaign was created in 1947. The retail cost of all the toys collected across the country in 2003 totaled more than $1.3 million. Information: 410-777-2315 or 410-777-2729.

AACC library gives amnesty on overdue books, materials

Anne Arundel Community College's Truxal Library has declared amnesty on overdue books or materials for one week, starting tomorrow.

Those with books, tapes or other materials belonging to the college library may return them without paying overdue fees.

The amnesty applies to items returned to the library tomorrow to Dec. 13 and to overdue fines. Charges will still be assessed for damaged or lost items. The library also will not waive fines or other charges already on patron records.

Library hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-777-2211.

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