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6th-graders donate quilts to neonatal unit

Inspired by a teacher whose personal experience led to the project, eight classes of sixth-graders at Central Middle School donated 100 quilts Wednesday to Anne Arundel Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Erin Szachnowicz created the project after her nephew spent time in the unit three years ago. She saw the quilts that brightened the unit and thought that with the use of the school's sewing lab, students could help ailing babies.

"For me, it has been great to see how hard most of the children work knowing that they are helping a tiny baby," the sixth-grade math teacher said.

Through the project, some students learned that they, too, had been treated in such an intensive care unit.

Orientation held for 9th-graders

An orientation for ninth-graders entering the International Baccalaureate program at Annapolis High School this fall was held Friday at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

Students were taught about risk-taking, responsibility and respect. Each student participated in sessions focused on trust games, study skills, getting ready for high school, and "international-mindedness."

Charter school workshop Tuesday

The Maryland Charter School Network is offering a free workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Annapolis Library, 1410 West St., for parents and community groups on the charter school law and creating charter schools.

Information: Stephanie Simms, 301-249-0182, info@mdcharternetwork or

Seminar for parents of children with ADHD

A free seminar for parents about the Feingold Program, a dietary plan for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning or behavior problems, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marriott SpringHill Suites, 899 Elkridge Landing Road in Linthicum Heights.

The low-additive Feingold Program was developed by Dr. Benjamin Feingold, a pediatrician and chief of allergy at San Francisco's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, for children with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, dyslexia and other problems.

Jane Hersey, director of the nonprofit Feingold Association, and Shula Edelkind, its research librarian and Web master, will offer ways to help children avoid certain artificial food colorings, flavorings and preservatives that have been shown to trigger hyperactivity, attention deficit, dyslexia and other problems.

Information: 800-321-3287 or

ABC camps planned for kids ages 3-7

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis, is offering Art- start ABC camps this summer.

ABC camps have weekly themes based on the alphabet, including "Ants to Africa," "Sea to Secrets," "House to Huckleberry," "Rainbow to Railroad," "Bees to Beaches" and "Mouse to Magic."

Each camp session includes something from the worlds of music, animals, plants, people, places and activities. Daily components include discovery and free play time, story, multimedia visual arts and music.

The camps, for children ages 3 to 7, meet from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays the weeks of June 25, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30 and Aug. 6. Each camp costs $180; or $155 for Maryland Hall members.

Information:410-263-5544 or

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