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December 30, 2005

Teens choosing healthy lifestyles

THURMONT, Md. - Decision Making for Teens: Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Catoctin High School, 14745 Sabillasville Road.

The free program will give parents resources to help teens make healthy decisions regarding alcohol, drugs, driving and sexuality. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Youth (middle and high school students) may attend with their parents.

The program is co-sponsored by Families Plus! and the Frederick County Public Schools' Catoctin Community Agency School Services.

Advance registration is required for dinner and child care. To register, call Families Plus! at 1-301-694-9002.

Caring for children with special needs

FREDERICK, Md. - Parents Learning Together will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at North Frederick Elementary School, 1001 Motter Ave. Bill Derbyshire, LCSW-C, school counselor at Rock Creek School is January's speaker.

The group is for parents and caregivers who care for children with special needs. Concepts and resources related to social skills development for children ages 3 to 10 will be discussed. This group is co-sponsored by Families Plus!, Partners for Success and The Infant and Toddlers Program.


Child Care Choices continued training for Maryland child-care providers is available. Training credit also is available for foster parents.

For information, call Families Plus! at 1-301-694-9002, send a fax to 1-301-694-3374, or send e-mail to or go to

Invention challenge for Maryland youth

STAMFORD, Conn. - By Kids for Kids Co. announces "The Cool School Tools Challenge," a statewide invention competition for Maryland's youth. The challenge invites young inventors to submit their ideas for innovative new school tools or supplies.

The Cool School Tools challenge is open to all residents of Maryland in grades kindergarten through 12 in public, private or home schools. Kids are invited to submit their Cool School Tools (specifically school-related ideas, products, supplies and innovations) and the best ideas will be recognized and awarded. All submissions must be received no later than midnight Sunday, March 5. Entries are accepted only through the By Kids For Kids Web site at

Winners will receive national acclaim, a licensing contract from BKFK, legal support to patent the invention (if patentable), a $1,000 savings bond (value at maturity), professional expertise to bring the product to market, and a sponsor's prize package. The winners also will select a teacher or mentor that was instrumental in their invention process to receive a $500 savings bond.

Winners will be announced at a special "BKFK Inventor Day" with the Baltimore Orioles at the Camden Yards ballpark in the spring. They will be able to throw out the first pitch at the game. Five thousand participants in the competition will receive a T-shirt for entering.

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