County library asks schools, organizations to hold spelling bees
The Howard County Library invites public and private schools and homeschool associations to organize classroom and school bees for children in grades four to eight, with the goal of participating in a countywide spelling bee and sending a student to the National Spelling Bee in Washington.
The local competitions should be held by Jan. 31. Winners will advance to the library's regional bee March 18. The winner of the regional bee will compete in the National Spelling Bee in June.
The first-place winner of the Howard County Library's spelling bee will receive a $1,000 scholarship; second- and third-place winners will receive $750 and $500 scholarships, respectively. The top five finalists will receive trophies and dictionaries; their schools or associations will receive trophies.
Rules and "Intent to Participate" forms are available on the library's Web site, www.hc library.org/partners/spellingbee. cfm.
The Howard County Library Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by The Sun.
School board to meet with student leaders
The Board of Education of Howard County will hold a luncheon meeting with student leaders at noon tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route, in Ellicott City.
The regularly scheduled board meeting will start at 4 p.m. in the boardroom. The afternoon meeting and an evening session, which starts at 7:30, 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 hearing process.
Sign-up in advance is preferred.
Information: 410-313-7197 or 410-313-6682. To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, at 410-313-7046. Notice is preferred two weeks in advance.
The board will meet in closed session at 8:30 a.m. today and at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Department of Education.
Public schools to display first-time textbooks
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, tomorrow through Jan. 28, with the exception of Dec. 24 and Jan. 17.
Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the materials.
Charitable foundation establishes endowment
The Alpha Foundation of Howard County has established an agency endowment with the Columbia Foundation, which will manage the funds. The endowment will help provide income and long-term financial stability to the Alpha Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, awards and academic leadership programs for African-American students in Howard County.
Alpha Foundation is the charitable arm of the Howard County alumni chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first African-American fraternity in the United States, founded in 1907 at Cornell University.
AAA sponsoring contest for high school students
AAA is holding its third Travel High School Challenge.
The contest is designed to sharpen students' literacy about travel and encourage careers in the travel and tourism industries.
The national contest is open to students in grades nine to 12 in public and private schools, as well as those who are homeschooled, and begins with an online examination next month.