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Parenting workshop teaches how to promote self-reliance in teens

The Baltimore Sun

Last year, bad weather scuttled the chance for parents to learn how to avoid overstepping boundaries, which can impede their child's academic self reliance.

On Thursday, parents will have the opportunity to hear Brad Sachs, a Columbia-based psychologist, give a presentation at Long Reach High School about students learning to handle responsibility independently.

The rescheduled event, "Whose Homework is it Anyway? Promoting Academic Self-Reliance During the Teen Years," starts at 7 p.m. Sachs' presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

The event is being sponsored by HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization based in the county.

"This workshop will help parents understand the hidden reasons why many teens struggle with homework and classwork," says Laura Smit, head of HC DrugFree.

An increasing number of parents are hindering their children's academic growth, Sachs says, when they attempt to "help" motivate their children. This can manifest itself in the form of parents who place inordinate pressure on their children and parents who help complete their children's assignments.

"A lot of parents deal with this," Smit says.

Students to construct playground in Columbia

Students from Glenelg Country School and the Barclay School in Baltimore were scheduled to join forces Friday to construct a playground in Columbia.

The project, undertaken in conjunction with the Columbia Housing Corp., was set for the Roselyn Rise Apartment Complex.

The students are part of Maryland Youth Partners in Change (MYPIC). Founded in 2003, the group "empowers middle school students to be able ambassadors for promoting the good in society by bridging public and private school communities with service-learning and leadership development," according to the organization.

David Weeks, the civic leadership director for Glenelg Country School and organizer of the project, said the event is a great opportunity for students from both schools to interact. The students were scheduled to work on the perimeter of the playground. They will also install boxes for planting and will sprinkle mulch throughout the area.

Lisbon students learn Chinese brush painting

Students at Lisbon Elementary have been learning the art of Chinese brush painting.

On Oct. 2, the students' artwork was displayed during an evening show. The students worked under the guidance of Jing-Jy Chen, a visiting artist from Taiwan. She spent two weeks at the school in September working with students on the painting technique.

The students drew pictures of lanterns, fans and other objects using the Chinese brush painting style, said Sandy Neal, the school's spokeswoman.

The artist's Chinese brush painting exhibit, The Delights of Nature, was featured at the Artists' Gallery in Columbia last month.

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