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Students will get some days off

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Harford County public schools will dismiss elementary school students at 1 p.m. Wednesday for teachers planning time.

All schools will be closed Thursday and Friday for teacher staff development days.

Schools will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Information: 410-588-5203.

Highlands School to hold open house

The Highlands School will hold an open house from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for parents and prospective students entering kindergarten to eighth grade.

The school serves children with learning differences, teaching them the skills and strategies they need to succeed. The open house will include a slide presentation, a question-and-answer period and tours.

The snow date is Jan. 23.

The school is at 2409 Creswell Road (Route 543), Bel Air.

Information: 410-836-1415.

Cecil College offers horticulture courses

Cecil College has introduced a horticulture science certificate program designed to meet the needs of nursery, gardening and landscaping businesses, as well as homeowners and gardeners with personal interests in cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers or ornamental plants.

The program consists of five courses, including Woody Plants I, which will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to May 7. The class will focus on woody trees and shrubs commonly found in the local environment. Students will learn to identify plants and discuss their landscape uses, cultural requirements, habitat and significant pests or special characteristics.

The other four classes needed to earn the certificate are botany; landscape construction and maintenance; grasses and perennials; and soil and fertilizer. Botany and landscape construction and maintenance can be taken in the fall semester; grasses and perennials will be offered in the summer; and soil and fertilizer will debut in spring 2009.

There are no prerequisites for the courses which, with the exception of botany, will be scheduled in the evening. Classes can be taken in any sequence.

Information: 410-287-1000.

Details available on student aid

Dels. Richard K. Impallaria and Patrick L. McDonough, both 7th District Republicans, have announced that information on student financial aid for the 2008-2009 academic year is available.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission and the U.S. Department of Education have published pamphlets with information on sources for college funding, including scholarships, grants and loans.

Copies of the Federal Student Financial Aid form are available at high schools and online.

Residents of the 7th District who wish to receive a House of Delegates scholarship application can call the delegates' office at 410-841-3334. Delegates' scholarships are not renewable, so past recipients must reapply annually.

Businesses and organizations that provide scholarships for students in Harford and Baltimore counties can give their information to Impallaria and McDonough, who will share it with students.

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