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School briefs

March 29, 2004

Students collect money for South African children


E. Russell Hicks Middle School seventh-graders are collecting money through Wednesday to be earmarked for school uniforms for South African children. The Student Service Learning project is called Change 4 Change.

The students learned from the television special, "Oprah Goes to Africa," that the cost for a school uniform in South Africa is $6 in American currency, and that a student cannot attend school without a uniform. The school's goal is to raise enough money to purchase 100 uniforms.

For information on the project, call Tina Caniford at 301-766-8110.

Catoctin parents invited to speak with superintendent


THURMONT, Md. - Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale invites parents and guardians in Catoctin High School's feeder schools to ask questions and talk informally with him on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Thurmont Middle School media center.

Catoctin feeder area schools include Thurmont Primary; Thurmont, Sabillasville, Emmitsburg and Lewistown elementary schools; Thurmont Middle; and Catoctin High.

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Remaining conversations with the superintendent for other school feeder areas are scheduled for: Middletown, March 30; Frederick, May 5; and Urbana, April 20; which was rescheduled from Feb. 3 due to inclement weather. Superintendent conversations have already taken place this school year in the Brunswick, Governor Thomas Johnson, Linganore, Tuscarora and Walkersville feeder areas.

Child abuse and neglect workshop slated for April


The 16th annual workshop on child abuse and neglect will be on Tuesday, April 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel, 901 Dual Highway in Hagerstown. "Tools to Building a Healthy and Safe Community for Children" is presented as a collaboration comprised of numerous community agencies and institutions, including Washington County Public Schools, Washington County Health Department, Washington County Department of Social Services, Mental Health Center of Western Maryland, Family Violence Council, Washington County Hospital Association and the Child-Care Administration.

Joanne McCorkle-Smith is keynote speaker, with a presentation entitled, "Is It Friday Yet?" McCorkle-Smith is director of the Maryland State Employee Development and Training Institute.

Morning and afternoon workshops are available for licensed social workers and professional counselors. Session topics include child psychiatric disorders, current drugs-signs/symptoms, gangs in our community, teen parenting skills and prevention of adolescent suicide.

Registration is $50 per person and lunch is provided. For information, call Loretta Mauck at 301-766-2961.

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