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High schools raise funds for Grassroots shelter

The Horizon Councils and seven Howard County high schools are raising funds for Grassroots, which provides an emergency shelter program and 24-hour crisis-intervention services for the county.

Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond, Marriotts Ridge, Mount Hebron and Reservoir high schools will collect coins from students and members of school staff during this week's Change Matters campaign. Proceeds will go to help improve the lives of children living in the homeless shelter.

Change Matters, a student community service and philanthropy initiative, had its debut in the fall at Howard High School, where more than $5,000 was collected from individuals and the Student Government Association, according to a news release.

Change Matters team captains include students Keri Schlueter and Jessica Stout of Atholton, Shimljash Braha of Centennial, Gloria So of Glenelg, Dylan Goldberg of Hammond, Adejire Bademosi of Marriotts Ridge, Katie Coffey and Kevin McNerney of Mount Heborn, and Christian Good-Hill of Reservoir.

Grassroots is staffed by crisis counselors who answer a 24-hour help line and manage the county's emergency shelter for the homeless.

Scholarship offer

Columbia's alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. offers scholarships to high school seniors who excel academically and plan to pursue a college degree. They must be residents of Howard County and have a grade point average of 2.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) to apply.

Applications are available at or from guidance offices at Howard County high schools. The deadline to apply is March 31.

Panel for redistricting

The Howard County Public School System is seeking members for an Attendance Area Committee, be appointed by the superintendent, as redistricting might be considered for the 2010-2011 school year.

Prospective redistricting plans must be reviewed by a committee of 10 to 12 county residents and can include a student.

If redistricting is deferred, the pool of interested residents will be retained for the next year.

Letters of interest and resumes must be received by May 4 at the Howard County Public School System, Office of School Planning, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Information: 410-313-1554 or e-mail

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