School briefs

January 01, 2007

Clothing drive nets more than 1,500 items

BOONSBORO - A clothing drive that recently was conducted by Boonsboro High School's Service Club, with assistance from students and staff at Boonsboro Elementary School, brought in more than 1,500 articles of clothing for Children in Need Inc., according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

Ayako Shiga's class collected the largest number of donated articles, with 373, according to the release.

Service Club President Maura James thanked the many students, staff members and parents who helped make the collection drive successful.

Western Heights to host book fair

Western Heights Middle School will host a scholastic book fair Tuesday, Jan. 30, through Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help raise funds for new media center materials, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

The fair will feature a range of books for young teens and adults.

A community night will be held Jan. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m., when the public is invited to honor students who have achieved distinguished honor roll, according to the release. Student volunteers will take part in planning and hosting the community night.


Western Heights students also have a chance to win an Apple iPod Nano donated by Kephart Electric Inc. Other prizes also will be awarded.

For each book a student or a member of his or her family buys, the student will receive an opportunity to be included in the prize giveaway, according to the release.

Winners will be announced during the school's regular morning announcements on Friday, Feb. 2.

Applications available for aid and admission

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is asking the state's college-bound students to apply as soon as possible for admission and financial aid in light of climbing enrollments, according to an MHEC press release.

Maryland recorded more than 319,500 enrollments last year, according to the release.

The admission process varies from college to college, but the federal financial aid process always begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form determines whether a student qualifies for need-based federal aid or for Maryland's need-based financial aid programs, according to the release.

The FAFSA is available at libraries and high school guidance offices, through college financial aid offices and at

For information about financial aid in Maryland, call 410-260-4565 or go to

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