School briefs

February 07, 2005

Students raise money for tsunami victims

Several Washington County public schools recently reported successful fund-raising efforts on behalf of the tsunami victims in Southeast Asia.

· A coin drive at Winter Street Elementary School produced $209 from students, staff, family and neighbors.

· The Boonsboro Middle School Social Studies Department coordinated collection of spare change and donations that totaled $1,013.

· At Sharpsburg Elementary School, Principal Carl Stark said he would color his hair pink for a day if the students raised at least $1,000 in the "Coins For Caring" fund-raising campaign. The final total was $1,803.

Stark will display his new hair color on Friday, which is Caring/Friendship Day at Sharpsburg Elementary.

Frederick Keys to offer reading program

HANCOCK - The Frederick Keys, class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, in partnership with the Montgomery County School District will kick off the ninth year of the Keys For Reading program in Washington County at Hancock Elementary School on Friday at 1 p.m.


The Keys and Washington County School District have announced that more than 900 students from three county elementary and middle schools will participate in the program.

All students who complete the program will receive a complimentary ticket for Friday, May 6 at 7:05 p.m., when the Keys play the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick.

At the beginning of the program, each participating student will receive an official Keys For Reading bookmark. Students are required to read four books and have their parent or guardian sign the bookmark in order to complete the program.

The Keys will honor these students in a pregame parade on the field.

Other counties participating in the program include Frederick County, Md., and Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia.

Groups can provide children with meals

State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick and Maryland first lady Kendel S. Ehrlich are encouraging county recreation and parks groups, faith-based organizations, summer camps, migrant communities and others to consider operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to provide Maryland children with meals during the summer.

The Maryland State Department of Education, through grants from the United States Department of Agriculture, administers the program, which helps pay for meals and snacks served at summer programs in low-income areas statewide.

Organizations interested in operating a program may contact the Maryland State Department of Education at 410-767-0214. The deadline for applications is June 1.

Hagerstown VFW post offers scholarships

The William D. Byron VFW Post 1936 scholarship award grants of $1,000 and $500 for 2005 will be awarded in May.

Post 1936 scholarship award grants are provided to children and/or grandchildren of members of Post 1936 only. One scholarship of each amount is given.

Applications may be obtained by calling the post at 301-733-4178. Callers should give their full name and address so that scholarship application may be mailed to the proper address. Scholarship applications also may be picked up at the post at 70 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

Deadline for application is April 1.

Greencastle bands to present concert

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The bands of the Greencastle-Antrim School District will present a concert Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Featured in the program will be the sixth-grade, middle school, ninth-grade and high school bands.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Pa. students can apply for scholarship

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County students have until Feb. 15 to apply for a Lenfest college scholarship.

Applications are available at all Franklin County high schools and on the Web at The program is open to students in their junior year.

The foundation will award up to 10 scholarships in 2005, and students can earn up to $15,000 per year for four years toward the cost of attendance at any accredited U.S. private college or $7,500 a year for four years toward the cost of attendance at any accredited U.S. public college.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in late May.

Foundation gives to Montessori Academy

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Montessori Academy of Chambersburg recently received a donation from the John L. and Cora I. Grove Foundation.

To express their appreciation, the students of Montessori Academy compiled a scrapbook with personal letters of appreciation which was given to Cora Grove on Jan. 14. The academy also will name a classroom in honor of the Groves at its Spring Show, which will be held May 12.

Montessori Academy currently is accepting early enrollment applications for the next school year and for full-day kindergarten. There may be financial aid of up to 50 percent available.

For more information, application packets and school tours, call John Krebs, head of school, at 717-261-1110.

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