Education briefs

September 29, 2008

Bester gets $5,000 grant from Dollar General Corp.

Bester Elementary School has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Dollar General Corp. for the expansion and enrichment of the school's library collection.

The books will benefit all grade levels and will be available to students, staff and families, according to a prepared release.

Showcase of Marching Bands set for Oct. 14 at South High

The Washington County Public Schools' 32nd annual Showcase of Marching Bands will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at South Hagers-town High School.

The Smithsburg High School Leopard Band is the host band for the event. In addition to Smithsburg, marching bands will perform from Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Hancock, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools.


Each band will perform individually, after which all bands will play together under the direction of Smithsburg Director Gary Rupert.

Gates open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $4 in advance and $5 at the gate. Advance tickets may be purchased from each of the participating high schools.

The rain date is Oct. 21.

Practice graduate school entrance exams to be given

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Test preparation firm Kaplan will be at Wilson College Saturday, Oct. 4, to administer several practice graduate school entrance exams.

Practice exams being given that day are: the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Council) in the field of business, LSAT (Law School Admissions Test), MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) and DAT (Dental Aptitude Test).

Testing will begin at 9 a.m. in classrooms on the second floor of Warfield Hall.

The tests are free, but a $5 deposit is needed to hold a spot. The deposit will be returned on the day of the test.

Those wishing more information or to reserve a seat may contact Heather Drumm, Wilson's career development director, at 717-262-2006, ext. 3314, or at

Conflict resolution day Oct. 16

In observance of National Conflict Resolution Day on Oct. 16, Maryland children in kindergarten through eighth grade may submit artwork for the third Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest.

The contest is sponsored by the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office.

Artwork should reflect the theme of resolving or preventing conflict, such as peer mediation, talking things out, apologizing, respecting differences, building peace and more, according to a prepared release.

Submissions are due Friday, Oct. 3.

Information about submissions and prizes can be obtained by going to and clicking on 2008 Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest.

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