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School-supplies campaign set to start July 1

Prepare for Success, Howard County's backpack and school-supplies drive, will begin July 1.

Drop-off boxes to collect backpacks and school supplies for Howard County children in need will be placed in county government office buildings, libraries, Columbia village centers, Columbia Association sites, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, British American Auto Care, the Body Factory, Play Wise Kids; Magellan Health Services, Champs in Columbia; and the Long and Foster office in Clarksville.

Organizations can sponsor a school whose students are in need, make a financial donation or provide an additional site for drop-off boxes for employees and the public.

The campaign will run from July 1 to Aug. 9. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10, 11 and 12 to help organize and stuff backpacks for delivery to schools. This year's goal is 2,000 backpacks.

Needed are backpacks; 2-inch, three-hole vinyl binders; eight- and 24-pack boxes of crayons; highlighters; zipper pouches; subject dividers; composition books; three-hole lined paper; erasable pens; No. 2 pencils; spiral notebooks (single subject); pink erasers; glue sticks; blunt scissors; red pens; folders; pencil boxes; and 12-inch rulers.

Financial contributions should be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045.

Information: Mike Clark, 410-309-9695.

Study-skills course to begin July 19

Stressless Tests, a program of the nonprofit HD Foundation of Howard County, will present a new summer study- and test-taking skills course for middle school students entering seventh or eighth grade in the fall.

The four-day course begins July 19 at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The two-hour classes are designed to help each student learn his or her most effective study style.

A second session will be held Aug. 16-19. The cost is $155.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

Board of Education is to meet Tuesday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which is to start at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which members of the community can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred. Information: 410-313-6682. To sign up: 410-313-7197.

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

Camp for kids with asthma is accepting registrations

Camp Superkids, a summer camp for children with asthma in Laytonsville is accepting registrations.

Campers, ages 7 1/2 to 12, participate in outdoor activities, learn decision-making skills and socialize. The program, sponsored by The American Lung Association of Maryland, is designed to enhance the self-esteem of the children and encourage an appreciation of their abilities and potential.

Activities are to include basketball, volleyball, swimming, fishing and karate.

The children are encouraged to be responsible for their asthma management, although registered nurses, respiratory therapists and nurse practitioners are on staff.

Camp will be held July 17-22. The cost is $300. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Information or to request a registration packet: 410-560- 2120, Ext. 224.800-642-1184, Ext. 224.

Teens can enroll in reading program

Teen-agers can pick up a copy of Say What? What Teens Want to Know, the teen magazine with summer reading program information for middle school and high school students, at any Howard County library.

Registration is available online at www.hclibrary.org, or in library branches.

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