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September 06, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Students, volunteer get Golden Apples



Golden Apple Awards were given to five Washington County Public Schools students and one volunteer during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan presented one award to Betty Getz, a volunteer at Potomac Heights Elementary School. Morgan said Getz has been a volunteer there for four years, and has had a positive impact on student achievement in reading and math.

"Her love and dedication to the school, teachers and students are exemplary," Morgan said.

Three Washington County Technical High School students who won honors at the National SkillsUSA competition were honored - Patrick Breakall, Derek Flook and D.J. Hamrick. Breakall and Flook, who competed as a team, placed seventh in the nation in the Web design competition, and Hamrick placed 26th in the nation in auto service.

Andre Kirlew and Desean Kirlew, students at Fountaindale Elementary School, also were honored with Golden Apple awards Tuesday for turning in a weapon they found on their way to school. The boys found a gun in an alley on their way to the bus stop several months ago, and turned the weapon over to crossing guards.

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"Their actions prevented the weapon from falling into the wrong hands and possibly causing harm to someone," Morgan said.




Board OKs new health textbooks



The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve new health education textbooks for 10th-graders.

The course is a graduation requirement. The new textbooks, which will cost about $40,000 including shipping, will replace textbooks that are more than a decade old and in need of replacement, according to a presentation to the board.

The books each cost $72.55, according to documents provided to the board. Five-hundred-and-fifteen books will be purchased, totaling $37,363.25. Shipping was estimated to cost nearly $3,000.

The textbooks and supplemental materials are aligned with the National Health Education Standards and the Maryland State Department of Education Voluntary State Curriculum for Health Education, officials said.

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