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Thursday, April 14, 2005; Page HO06

County Schools Praised

The Howard County public school system was named among the "Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education" after a survey by several national organizations devoted to music and learning.

Howard County was one of three Maryland school districts recognized. Also named were Wicomico and Worcester counties on the Eastern Shore. The list included 101 school districts in 34 states. The complete list and more information about the survey are available at www.amc-music.org.

Teen Volunteers Needed

Thunder Hill Elementary School's PTA needs teenage volunteers to help during the school's annual Mayfest carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the school, 9357 Mellonbrook Rd., Columbia.

Volunteers work at least two hours and can earn credit toward their community service hours. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to volunteer, call Barbara Hudson, Mayfest teen volunteer coordinator, at 410-772-8577.

Drug Talk for Kids, Parents

A workshop on substance abuse prevention for middle school students and their parents will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel.

The program will be led by Anne Walker, a substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department, and will include joint and separate sessions for students and parents.

Topics include talking with children about drugs, the effect of drugs, and legal consequences for parents and children regarding substance abuse.

The free workshop, which includes dinner, is sponsored by the Southeast Horizon Council, an advisory group of people who live and work in the North Laurel and Savage neighborhoods. Reservations are required; call 410-880-5975.

Meet Board Members

The Howard County Board of Education will host a coffee and conversation session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 23 in the media center at Harper's Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Rd., Columbia.

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