Education briefs

October 07, 2002

Williampsort School's lunch week on track

"Chew Chew into School Lunch" is the theme of the 2003 Williamsport Elementary School lunch week on Oct. 14

At 11:30 a.m. students and staff will celebrate the school's newly renovated kitchen, which features a train theme serving line. Students will eat out of cardboard train serving trays and have the opportunity to win prizes.

The kitchen will be decorated and the kitchen staff will be dressed up as train operators.

All Washington County Public Schools cafeterias will feature special menus of foods popular with students the week of Oct. 14-18. Menus will emphasize the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which stress low-fat foods, plentiful fruits and vegetables and moderate use of salt and sugar.

Maryland State Education Agency's Child Nutrition Programs Division sponsors the annual celebration, which educates children and parents about the school lunch program. The Washington County Food and Nutrition Services Department serves more than 16,000 meals daily.


Aid available to help reduce, stop tobacco use

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Health Department, Substance Abuse Division, is offering mini-grants to assist community-based organizations to design, develop and implement tobacco prevention programs.

Funds are available for programs that target secondhand smoke, physician education training and media efforts. Individuals or groups with an idea for a program or campaign designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use in the community may be eligible to receive mini-grant funds.

Awards will range from $500 to $7,500 per application. Larger awards may be funded based on the merits of the proposed program. A total of $96,860 is available for mini-grant awards.

Funds are made available through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Health Promotion, Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. For more details and to receive an application packet, contact Stephanie Doodigian at 301-631-3282.

Public invited to forum addressing Special Education

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee invites the public to a forum Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School.

The evening will begin with a brief presentation by representatives of the school system's Special Education Department, focusing on the process of identifying 3- to 21-year-old students eligible to receive special education and related services.

The committee welcomes public comment following the presentation. Each speaker will have three minutes to present questions and/or comments specifically related to the special education process.

For information, call Nancy FitzGerald, supervisor of special education, at 1-301-644-5295.

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