School briefs

November 07, 2005

Home-school group to give books to children in need

The 86th annual Children's Book Week is scheduled for Nov. 14 to 20, and some local home-schooling families will celebrate by donating books to children in need.

Local members of HEARTS (Homeschoolers Educating, Assisting, & Reaching-out Through Service), will be collecting children's books to donate to Washington County Head Start. Many home-schooled children also will be creating special bookmarks to include with the donations.

Community members may participate in the book drive by dropping off donations of new or gently used books at Wonder Book & Video or Home And School Connection during regular business hours between Nov. 14 and 20. Business partners who would like to participate this year may contact Jennifer Hughes at

For more information on how to participate in the book drive, go to For information about Children's Book Week, go to


Hagerstown HEARTS also will participate in the Great American Bake Sale on Saturday in front of Kmart in Hagerstown. Proceeds will be donated to local food programs and the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

County Council of PTAs to host panel discussion

The Washington County Council of PTAs will host a dinner and panel discussion, "Standing on the Threshold of Growth: Crisis or Opportunity?" on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at 901 Dual Highway.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the panel discussion will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Members of the panel include two local state delegates, a county commissioner, a city councilman and a board of education member.

Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

To reserve a ticket, call Bonnie Blandford at 301-791-6147.

Eastern Elementary School teachers to host writing forum

Eastern Elementary School fourth-grade teachers will hold a writing forum for their students' parents on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Parents may attend to talk about expectations in writing.

Residents sought for audit of foreign language curricula

FREDERICK, Md. - Residents of Frederick County who have expertise in the field of foreign languages are invited to participate in an audit of the Frederick County Public Schools' foreign language curricula for grades 6 through 12.

Ten to 12 meetings for the audit will be held throughout the year during the day from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.

A high school representative also is being sought.

A report from the audit committee will be reviewed by the board of education. The application deadline is Wednesday.

To obtain an application, call Susan Murphy at 301-644-5261.

Penn State Mont Alto to host information session Saturday

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto will host a general information session Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon for people interested in attending Penn State.

University staff will be available and a tour of the campus will be provided.

To register, call 1-717-749-6130 or 1-800-392-6173.

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