Peace Action sets pupil essay contest
All Maryland middle school pupils are welcome to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice.
The contest, sponsored by the Anne Arundel and Montgomery County chapters of Peace Action, is open to seventh- and eighth-graders enrolled in public, private or home school.
Pupils are invited to submit a 1,200-word essay on the following topic: "Imagine you are a pen pal with a student in Iraq. You have sent an e-mail message inquiring about how his or her life has changed as a result of the war and subsequent events. Write an essay about what you believe your pen pal will say."
Entries should be double-spaced and must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the pupil's name, address and telephone number, and the name of a teacher sponsor, if there is one.
Essays must be postmarked no later than May 1 and mailed to: Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis 21403-3328.
Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded.
Information: 410-263-7409 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten sign-up scheduled
Parents can register children for prekindergarten or kindergarten April 3 to 7 at county elementary schools. Children who will turn 5 on or before Sept. 1 are required by state law to enroll in kindergarten. Children who turn 4 on or before that date may enroll in prekindergarten if they demonstrate financial or educational need.
To register, parents should bring a copy of the child's original birth certificate or proof of birth, the child's immunization record and two proofs of residency, such as a rental contract or phone bill. Parents who wish to document financial need should bring W2 and 1040 tax statements as well as a current pay stub or evidence of other sources of income, such as child support or welfare.
Additional information about immunization requirements and alternative programs can be found at aacps.org.
Teacher of the Year deadline is Friday
There is still time to nominate an exceptional educator to be the county's Teacher of the Year.
The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through Friday for awards recognizing public and private school teachers.
The Teacher of the Year will represent the county in the state competition. Nominees must agree to speak at various events and to remain a teacher through the coming school year.
Applications are available at aacps.org/html/press/toy.asp.
Seton Keough senior wins service award
Karlyn Dixon of Glen Burnie has been awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award to honor her commitment to volunteer service.
Dixon, a senior at Seton Keough, volunteers every Saturday for Happy Helpers for the Homeless, where she makes lunches for homeless people in Baltimore.
The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered their time to serve their communities and their country.
St. Augustine School taking applications
St Augustine School, at 5990 Old Washington Road in Elkridge, is accepting new pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2006-2007 school year. St. Augustine's will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. For registration and tuition information or to make an appointment for a tour of the school, call 410-796-3030 or visit staug-md.org.