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Central Elementary teacher gets grant

A Central Elementary School teacher who won a $25,000 Milken Educator Award in 2006 has been awarded an additional $2,355 community service grant from the Milken Festival for Youth program.

Dana Perdue's project, "Better Days for the Bay" will educate the students and community in ways to help save and refurbish the Chesapeake Bay, and get them involved in pollution prevention and clean-up.

Activities include cleaning up area beaches, planting trees to prevent further run-off and pollution and building a rain garden. Through collaboration with the school's PTA Beautification Committee, students will foster community awareness and cooperation with local businesses and organizations.

Purdue's grant was one of 22 nationwide announced on Thursday. The organization's grants are open to award-winning Milken Educators and Milken Scholars.

During the school year, representatives from the Milken Family Foundation will visit the sites to participate first-hand in the activities.

Fort Meade history courses at AACC

This fall, Anne Arundel Community College will offer several noncredit, continuing education history courses about Fort Meade and the man for whom the fort was named to mark the Army post's 90th anniversary:

The History of Western Anne Arundel County (HST 360) covers the change from rural farmland to booming development, including the impact of Fort Meade on the area. Willard Mumford, a history buff and AACC retiree who has researched county heritage and history, will teach the $29 class, which meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17.

World War II and Fort Meade (HST 361) tells of the fort's beginnings as home to the Army's Tank Corps and its role in training military personnel during World War II. The $29 class meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24. Charles Thomann, a retired military colonel who served in Vietnam, will teach the class.

General George Meade (HST 357) focuses on the legend's leadership roles in the Civil War battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Gettysburg and Petersburg. The $33 class meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25. Lester S. Brooks, AACC history professor and coordinator of the Chesapeake Civil War Round Table, will teach the class.

Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania (HST 366) covers how Meade and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant of the Union forces confronted Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in battles that began the final year of fighting in the Civil War's eastern theater. The $105 course meets 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1, 3 and 4. Brooks also will teach this class.

The Civil War in Maryland (HST 358) includes information about Meade, Camp Parole, Antietam and many battles on the Chesapeake Bay. The class, taught by Harry McCrone, meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 4 to Nov. 29 at the Carrie Weedon Science Center, 911 Galesville Road, Galesville.

Another course of interest to military families is Arlington National Cemetery -- Shrine to America's Heroes (HST 307), led by George Sweger. A short history and overview of the cemetery will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25. Students will visit the cemetery from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The cost is $58.

Information: or 410-777-2325.

Teen program changes its name

The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County teen leadership program, Kids as Problem Solvers, is sporting a new name: Teens as Problem Solvers.

The KAPS group felt that the former title did not appropriately address the KAPS age group, as the program recruits teens ages 14 through 18.

Starting this month, TAPS will meet at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis. (Due to Rosh Hashanah, the first TAPS meting of the year will be on Sept. 20).

In addition to these bi-monthly leadership workshops, the group will also organize and execute several community service projects throughout the year.

The mission of TAPS is to empower teens to become leaders and to make positive changes in their communities.

Information: Patrice Costa at 410.897.9207 or patrice@volun

Care packages for Guard sent to Iraq

Soldiers of the 1-158th Cavalry Recon, the local National Guard unit now in Iraq, will be receiving care packages this week, thanks to the Crofton Children's Center.

The children, who are of kindergarten-to-elementary school age, took up collections, brought in needed items and helped run bake sales and other fundraising activities to get items for the cartons.

Inside are hard candies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, mouthwash, sunblock, wet wipes, socks, T-shirts, beef jerky, dry powdered protein drink mix and snacks.

Officers of Guy C. Parlett Post 7, American Legion in Annapolis packed and shipped the cartons to the unit, based at Medford Armory in Annapolis.

Information: Jim Lenz, Post Commander, at 410-573-0007 or Frank Pierce Young at 410-266-7140.

$3,500 raised for school supplies

The Anne Arundel Bar Association and Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation recently raised $3,595 to provide back-to-school backpacks to disadvantaged schoolchildren.

Working with the Anne Arundel County Back-to-School Program, the AABA provided several hundred full backpacks.

This was the fifth year that the AABA has held the backpack drive. In the past five years, county attorneys have raised more than $18,700 to give school supplies to underprivileged local students.

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