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School briefs

February 14, 2005

Programs planned on how to save money for college


Washington County Public Schools and the College Savings Plans of Maryland will present two meetings to provide information to parents regarding options on saving for college.

The meetings will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Boonsboro Middle School and Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Northern Middle School.

The Maryland Prepaid College Trust, in which you can lock in tomorrow's tuition at today's cost, and the Maryland College Investment Plan, providing 12 different investment portfolios, will be discussed.

North High group collecting soda tabs, selling Easter eggs


Members of the North Hagerstown High School Key Club are collecting soda can tabs to donate to charity and any kind of fleece fabric to make hats for cancer patients.

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The club also is selling chocolate/peanut butter Easter eggs for 50 cents each to help defray the cost of sending 16 students to the Capital District Key Club Convention in Richmond, Va.

Eggs may be ordered and information about other activities may be obtained by calling 301-766-8238.

Heritage Day celebration planned at outdoor school


CLEAR SPRING - The Fairview Outdoor Education Center will hold its annual Heritage Day celebration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 26.

The event will include maple sugaring demonstrations. Those attending may hike to the Fairview sugar bush, practice tapping a tree, see sap being boiled and warm up at the campfire.

The event also will include tours of the Plumb Grove, the historic 1831 colonial farmhouse used in the movie "Gods and Generals." Children's crafts will be available in the house.

For information, call Fairview at 301-766-8138.

22 Catholic schools in New York City to close


NEW YORK (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn will close 22 elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens at the end of the school year in the biggest round of Catholic school closings in the city's history.

Falling enrollment and rising salaries for teachers and administrators made the closings necessary, Monsignor Michael J. Hardiman, a diocese education official, said Wednesday.

The 4,000 affected students can enroll in the remaining 125 schools in the diocese. Officials told The New York Times they expect many of the 250 teachers will find work at the other schools.

"It's wrenching to see this happen," Frank DeRosa, a spokesman for Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio, told the newspaper. "We know how much good has been accomplished in those schools for so many students, by dedicated teachers, for so many years. But the reality of the situation now requires this kind of action."

The decision does not affect schools in Manhattan, the Bronx or Staten Island, which fall under the Archdiocese of New York.

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