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Summer camp offered for girls

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will sponsor a residential summer camp, Journey 2007, for girls entering eighth and ninth grades in the fall. The camp is part of the Women's Giving Circle's efforts to empower and support young Howard County girls.

An information session for parents will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Atholton High School in Columbia.

The camp for 50 Howard County girls will be held June 24-30 at Washington College in Chestertown. The girls will live in dormitories, eat in the cafeteria and experience a collegiate atmosphere during the weeklong program.

The program is to include workshops on empowerment and motivation, communication skills, decision-making, self-awareness, goal-setting and conflict resolution. The camp will also offer swimming, athletics, dance, a talent show and team-building activities.

The cost is $495. Financial assistance is available. Applications are available in guidance offices at middle schools and at www.womensgivingcircle.org. They must be submitted by March 30; applications will be given priority based on the date they are received.

The Women's Giving Circle, an organization of women philanthropists, is dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

Information: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301-854-1107.

School board plans to meet Thursday

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

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start 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.

The board will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to Policy 3445, "Violence and School Safety," during the evening session.

Those who wish to speak are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

Information: 410-313-6682. To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046. Two-weeks' notice is preferred.

O'Malley, Ulman to visit college tomorrow

Gov. Martin O'Malley will join Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for a visit to the Howard Community College campus from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow to learn about the school's award-winning performance and accountability system.

HCC President Mary Ellen Duncan and her staff will greet the governor and county executive and discuss the college's system for improving its institutional performance. The system is modeled on a program used in Baltimore when O'Malley was mayor.

The two officials will also meet with students to hear about their college experience and answer questions.

School registration being held this week

Registration for new students entering public school in August will be held at all Howard County public elementary schools between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. tomorrow through Friday and at other times determined by individual schools.

Kindergarten is mandatory in Maryland, and state law requires that children entering kindergarten in the fall must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Those entering first grade must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1.

Parents and guardians should register their children at the school serving the address at which the parent or guardian resides. Parents of children born outside the United States or for whom English is not the primary language spoken in the home should contact the Office of International Student Services (410-313-7101).

To find an appropriate school, call 410-313-6682 or go to www.hcpss.org and check "School Locator."

Parents or guardians registering their children should take the child's birth certificate; an authorized record of immunizations (unless they want to apply for a religious exemption); proof of residency in the form of a lease, deed or house contract and a utility bill; and photo identification of the parent or guardian.

A driver's license or voter registration card will not be accepted as proof of residence.

Session set today on military recruiting

Local groups will sponsor a discussion, "Military Recruitment in Our Schools: What students (and parents) need to know before enlisting," an explanation of military contracts and what new recruits can expect, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Speakers are John Judge, founder of the Committee for High School Options on Careers, Education and Self-Improvement, a group promoting civilian alternatives to military service, and Pat Elder, founding member of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth and the Montgomery Coalition on Recruitment Issues. There will be an opportunity for questions and comments.

The event is sponsored by the Columbia United Christian Church; Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice; Howard County Friends of Latin America; Maryland Grandmothers and Others for Peace; and Howard County Network of Spiritual Progressives.

Information: Ray Donaldson, 301-776-0208.

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