School briefs

June 18, 2007

School employees raise $1,500 for Children in Need

Children in Need will receive a check for $1,500, the proceeds from casual days in Washington County Public Schools' central office during the 2006-07 school year, according to a school system press release.

Each Friday, employees could pay $1 to dress in a casual-business style. The funds are set aside for Children in Need, according to the release.

Over the past several years, the nonprofit organization has received more than $6,000 from the central office, according to the release. School system employees also donate clothing and other items throughout the year.

Children in Need is run by volunteers who provide clothing, school supplies and personal-care items to children, according to the release.


Two county students earn Byrd honors scholarships

Tara Goff of South Hagerstown High School and Kandice Brown of Washington County Technical High School received Robert C. Byrd honors scholarships, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

Goff plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in biology, while Brown plans to attend Hagerstown Community College and transfer to Shepherd University, majoring in network security, according to the release.

The awards recognize student excellence and achievement, and the prospect of continued excellence as the students pursue higher-education goals, according to the release.

Bester receives grant to teach history through art

Bester Elementary School has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to receive a pilot "We the People Picturing America" grant, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

The program includes a set of laminated posters that are reproductions of classic American works of art, designed to promote the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture, according to the release.

The terms of the grant require the school to encourage the use of the posters by teachers in the classroom, keep the posters on continual exhibit in classrooms or public locations in the school from September 2007 through May 2008, and retain the posters for future display and educational use, according to the release.

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