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NEWS
July 6, 2006
With support from the Verizon Foundation, the Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University has selected 10 summer program providers across Maryland, including Washington County Public Schools, to distribute books and engage children in enriching summer learning activities on Summer Learning Day, Thursday, July 13. Ten local programs will receive $1,500 each to support their Summer Learning Day events. These funds, provided by the Verizon Foundation, will be used to purchase books, materials, and supplies to support learning activities for children in conjunction with Summer Learning Day. Summer Learning Day is designed to focus local, state and national attention on the issue of summer learning and build public support for a broad range of programs that send children back to school ready to learn.
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NEWS
November 6, 2008
The League of Women Voters of Washington County will hold its November membership meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, 20 S. Prospect St., in the Music/Choir room on the second floor. A presentation about adult literacy in Washington County and the state of Maryland will be the topic for discussion. Entrance will be through the second (middle) door on Prospect Street. Steps are necessary. Members are encouraged to bring a new or prospective member with them to the meeting.
NEWS
March 7, 2001
BOE hires public information officer The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Carol Y. Mowen its public information officer Tuesday night. Mowen, of Greencastle, Pa., works as a literacy resource teacher at Springfield Middle School. She began working as an English language arts teacher in 1996 at the same school. Her salary will be $49,825 a year, which is the pay for Step One of the scale for administrator and supervisor. The position's top salary is $65,011.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | May 2, 2004
laurae@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Even as society becomes more and more dependent on computers, the printed word still is king, organizers of a reading fair showed. Hundreds of children and their parents came to Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater Saturday to participate in Washington County Reading Day. Phoenix Color Inc. in Hagerstown donated 600 boxes of new books. Children also got to choose from 1,600 used books collected by organizers. At the end of the four-hour event, there were barely enough books left to fill a bookshelf.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | February 21, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown man met with Maryland's lieutenant governor Thursday, urging the state to spend more money on adult literacy. Statewide, about 1 in 5 adults function at the lowest literacy level, Brad H. Keller said. "That means they can't pick out two pieces of information from a newspaper article, find an intersection on a street map or read a bus schedule," he said. In Washington County, that definition applies to 17 percent of those 16 and older, said Keller, public policy chair of the Maryland Association for Adult Community Continuing Education.
NEWS
January 17, 2008
Reading fundraiser Elementary students in Washington County Public Schools participated in the Reading to Make Cents fundraiser with the proceeds used to increase literacy. The project completely funds "Books for Babies," which provides a board book and literature outlining the importance of reading to children right from the start to the parents of all newborns at Washington County Hospital. The program, which is jointly sponsored by Washington County Reading Council, Washington County Free Library and Washington County Hospital, has provided books to more than 7,000 families to date.
NEWS
October 29, 2007
Washington County Free Library announced that it has been chosen as the Western Maryland affiliate for the Maryland Humanities Council Center for the Book Program. The purpose of the Maryland Center for the Book is to develop and support programs that promote books, reading, libraries, Maryland writers and the state's literary heritage. With satellites at Talbot County Free Library and Washington County Free Library, the Maryland Center is one of 50 state affiliates of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
NEWS
May 1, 2008
Partners in Literacy invites you to attend the sixth annual Washington County Reading Day on Saturday at Valley Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free book will be given to the first 1,000 children who attend. Come to Center Court in front of the Bon-Ton department store dressed as your favorite storybook character and take a trip through the mall as magician and master of ceremonies Michael T leads the kickoff parade beginning at 10 a.m. At Center Court, authors Alan Katz, Mary Quattlebaum and Carolyn Reeder will be on hand to talk about and to sign copies of their books.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
LaMarc Hilliard, a fifth-grader at Emma K Doub Elementary School who wrote a story on his iPad about a turkey helping a chicken find treasure that was stolen by a group called the “bling bling crew,” was able to project what he wrote from his iPad to a screen in the front of his class as part of the school's digital writing showcase event Tuesday. Students demonstrated to family and friends at the school digital portfolios they have built since the beginning of the school year after receiving an iPad or an iPod touch.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | February 18, 2008
It was a performance that engaged students at Bester Elementary School in many ways. Not only did the two actors from InterAct Story Theatre in Silver Spring, Md., have the students' undivided attention, but there were peals of laughter as the program unfolded. The program was presented to pre-kindergarten through second-grade students on the morning of Feb. 11, and to the older students in the afternoon. Younger siblings and family members of students also were invited to attend.
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