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Mediation Center holds programs at Hagerstown middle school

February 28, 2008

The Washington County Community Mediation Center spoke to Northern Middle School's seventh-grade classes about the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for America.

Later the Washington County Community Mediation Center, with help from Northern Middle School students Samantha Lowe and Beth Lowe, created care packages for youngsters at Memorial Recreation Center. The care packages held school supplies, toys, gloves, hats and hygiene supplies.

Eighth-graders Samantha Lowe and Beth Lowe are twin sisters who are involved in the "WEB" (Where Everybody Belongs) Program. The program's purpose is to help sixth-grade students make the transition to middle school and feel more comfortable in school, to help them achieve success in the first year of middle school, and to develop leadership roles for upper- grade students.

The WEB Program conducts an orientation for sixth-grade students and provides them with an eighth-grade WEB leader as a mentor during their first year.

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Samantha is a leader of the WEB Social Committee and also is involved with color guard and volleyball at Northern Middle. Beth is involved with WEB and softball.

The events were funded through the Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism to promote Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a day in which organizations around Maryland develop a service activity to aid members of their communities.

The mission of the Washington County Community Mediation Center is to provide free mediation services and training in conflict resolution skills to all individuals and businesses of Washington County in order to prevent the negative physical, emotional and economic effects of conflict on individuals, families, neighborhoods and organizations.

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