School briefs

September 03, 2007

Greencastle-Antrim Middle collecting cartridges, phones

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim Middle School is collecting inkjet and laser cartridges, old cell phones and Campbell's soup labels, and wants the community to help.

Businesses can adopt the school by collecting and shipping empty laser and inkjet cartridges to the Funding Factory. Collected cartridges earn points, which are exchanged for thousands of different technology products. Old cell phones also can be donated to help with the program, according to a school press release.

Funding Factory provides collection kits, boxes and prepaid UPS shipping labels.

The middle school library also will collect Campbell's product labels. The UPCs are shipped to the company to earn books, encyclopedias and equipment.

Labels, cartridges and cell phones can be dropped off at the middle school library or the middle school office.

For information about the recycling and Campbell's soup programs, call middle school librarian Sandra A. Kendall at 717-597-2185, ext. 2500.


Frederick County reading program gets $50,000 grant

FREDERICK, Md. - The Maryland Family Literacy Initiative of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has approved a $50,000 grant for Frederick County Public Schools' Judy Center "Family Fun in Reading" program.

The funding will help 3-year-olds and their families in the Hillcrest, Lincoln and Waverly elementary school districts with literacy instruction. It will help the Judy Center provide books for participating families, educate parents on early literacy strategies and increase children's literacy skills.

Since Barbara Bush launched her foundation in 1989, it has awarded more than $20 million to more than 6,000 family literacy programs in 47 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to its national grant program, the foundation also has statewide initiatives in Maryland, Maine, Florida and Texas.

For information, call 240-236-8770 or go to

Smithsburg student receives Schaefer scholarship for '07

Danielle H. Dwinnells of Smithsburg recently received a William Donald Schaefer Scholarship for 2007, according to a Maryland Higher Education Commission press release.

Dwinnells attends Frostburg State University and is majoring in elementary education.

Named in honor of Maryland's former governor, the award provides funding to full- and part-time students who are preparing for careers in public service, according to the release.

The scholarships provide funding to students who are preparing for careers in public service. Each recipient must be a Maryland resident, demonstrate need, attend or plan to attend an eligible Maryland postsecondary institution and be enrolled full or part time in a course of study, training or other educational activities designed to prepare the student for a career in public service, according to the release.

The total amount of a scholarship award ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 annually, according to the release.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission, which oversees the scholarship program, is Maryland's higher-education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities, and for private career schools.

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