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Program teaches kids about China

Introducing a group of about 40 fourth- through sixth-graders to Chinese culture, language and customs, the Maryland Summer Center for Chinese Studies will conduct its two-week summer program at Meade Middle School from tomorrow through July 18.

A grand lion dance demonstration will kick off the first day, and the program will culminate with students displaying their newly acquired Chinese skills.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day of the program, students will be immersed in the Chinese culture through such activities as learning to count to 31 in Chinese with an abacus, understanding the Chinese calendar, practicing Chinese painting and calligraphy, playing Chinese games, learning a tai chi routine, singing Chinese children's songs, and using chopsticks to sample Chinese food.

This is the first year that Anne Arundel County Public Schools has hosted the program, which is sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Funds aim to help kids eat healthfully

Two county schools have been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2008-2009 school year.

Annapolis High School has received up to $39,865.80 from the USDA, and the Ferndale Early Education Center has received up to $2,568.80 to spend on efforts to increase students' consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Launched in 2005, the program's goal is to "create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices for students." Through the expansion and exposure of a variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, the program seeks to positively impact the eating habits of young people.

Schools that participate are given a creative license to implement programs designed to reach the program's goals. In previous years, schools have delivered healthy fruit- and vegetable-laden snacks outside the cafeteria by setting up kiosks in hallways or by traveling to classrooms with carts.

Twenty-five schools from every state are chosen each year to participate in the program.

Scholarship aids students in sciences

The Fort Meade Alliance has created a scholarship in honor of the outgoing garrison commander at Fort George Meade, Col. Kenneth McCreedy, to help students interested in science, technology, engineering, math or linguistics.

The Kenneth O. McCreedy Scholarship Fund is aimed at graduates of Meade High School who want to continue their studies in engineering, linguistics, math, science or technology, said Julie Snyder, executive director of the alliance.

"The Fort Meade Alliance sees workforce development as one of the pressing needs of the region, and it's one of our priorities to encourage our students to study subjects they will need to take advantage of the opportunities that are prevalent in our region," said Jay Baldwin, president of the Fort Meade Alliance.

During his tenure at Fort Meade, McCreedy stressed the need for upgraded education and training as a way to prepare for the high-paying technical and scientific jobs expected to come to the Fort Meade area because of the federal Base Realignment and Closure decisions.

More than $6,000 has been raised for the scholarship in his name, and donations are still being accepted. For information, call Snyder at 410-222-7410 or e-mail

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