Education briefs

November 01, 2004

Zoomobile coming to county schools, libraries

Washington County elementary school students will meet and interact with animals and educators from The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's Zoomobile program on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Individual school visits and after-school programs at branches of the Washington County Free Library system will include live animal demonstrations and educational programs.

The program is sponsored by a Columbia Gas of Maryland grant.

The Zoomobile is scheduled for the following times and locations:

· 10-11 a.m.: Sharpsburg Elementary and Eastern Elementary

· 1-2 p.m.: Boonsboro Elementary and Hickory Elementary

· 3 to 4 p.m.: after-school program at Boonsboro Branch Library and Williamsport Branch Library

Goretti names September students of the month

Officials with St. Marie Goretti High School have announced students of the month for September and the members of the school's new Board of Trustees.


Students of the month are: senior Lauren Barton, junior Kim Gilbert, sophomore Clara Spicer and freshman Dondi Ellis.

Officers for the board are: Jim Stojak, president; Paul Muldowney, vice president; Rob Cochran, treasurer; and Carl Galligan, secretary. Other members are: Hugh Breslin, David Karn, Doyle "Butch" Plank, Robert Rankin, Beth Wright and principal Chris Siedor.

Frederick schools plan breakfast for retirees

FREDERICK, Md. - The 28th annual holiday breakfast for retired Frederick County Public Schools' employees will be Nov. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the State Farm Insurance headquarters on State Farm Drive in Frederick.

Guests are invited to enjoy a breakfast buffet, at no charge, and entertainment by the Jaguar Chorus of Glade Elementary School.

Reservations are necessary by Nov. 17, and may be made by calling Ann Eyler, 301-696-6900, or e-mailing Eyler at

W.Va. students can apply for college aid

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Officials from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission announced that students can apply for the WV Higher Education Grant and the PROMISE Scholarship starting Nov. 1. Through a partnership with West Virginia Mentor, the online application can be accessed at

Students can go online and complete one application for both the PROMISE Scholarship and the West Virginia Higher Education Grant. Completion of the application should take a student no more than a few minutes. As in the previous years, all necessary information such at ACT, SAT scores and grade reports will be electronically sent to the Office of Financial Aid and Outreach Services at the Higher Education Policy Commission office.

Students still need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA will be available for completion beginning Jan. 1.

In response to the feedback obtained by high school counselors and financial aid representatives, steps have been taken to further simplify the application process for the grant and PROMISE applicants.

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