D.C. Education Notes

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Howard U. to Inaugurate New President Tomorrow

Inaugural activities to celebrate the installation of Sidney A. Ribeau as the 16th president of Howard University are taking place through Saturday, with a number of events marking this milestone in the university's 142-year history.

The inaugural convocation is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Burr Gymnasium. A delegation of trustees, faculty and staff members, students, alumni, leaders in higher education and other guests, including entertainer Bill Cosby, will bring greeting and tributes.

Addison Barry Rand, chairman of the board of trustees, will officiate the investiture of the president. A reception will follow on the rooftop terrace of the Undergraduate Library.

For a listing of inaugural events, visit http://www.howard.edu/ribeau-inauguration/events.htm.

Charter Board Staff Adds Public Affairs Chief

Audrey A. Williams recently joined the staff of the D.C. Public Charter School Board in the new position of public affairs manager.

Her duties will include facilitating communication between the board and government agencies, the media and community organizations. She also will implement public affairs procedures, public information campaigns and community outreach efforts.

Wilson Students Learn Banking From the Source

April is Financial Literacy Month, and on April 3, the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, Operation Hope and financial service volunteers kicked off the 2009 Teach Children to Save program and other events by sharing personal finance lessons with more than 1,400 students at Woodrow Wilson High School.

"Many students graduate knowing more about ancient Egypt than balancing a checkbook, which is scary in today's economy," said Laura Fisher, director of the ABA Education Foundation, which sponsors Teach Children to Save.

Operation Hope's Banking on Our Future curriculum was used to teach students the basics of banking, checking and savings accounts, credit and basic investments.

The lessons are part of the foundation's challenge to bankers to present Teach Children to Save lessons to 1 million students this year.

St. Anselm's Student Wins Essay Contest on Peace

The U.S. Institute of Peace announced the winners of the annual National Peace Essay Contest for high school students. This year's topic was crimes against humanity.

Patrick Riechert of Kensington, a student at St. Anselm's Abbey School, wrote the winning essay from a D.C. school. The prize is a $1,000 college scholarship and an invitation to a five-day seminar in June.

Riechert's essay was titled "Confronting Crimes Against Humanity in the 21st Century." In a statement announcing the winners, ambassador Richard H. Solomon, president of the peace institute, said, "Patrick and the other National Peace Essay Contest winners from each state are to be commended for writing extremely thoughtful essays that investigate, analyze and raise awareness about crimes against humanity."

The institute is a nonprofit organization founded by Congress that works to prevent and resolve international conflict and help societies become stable.

During their all-expenses paid week in Washington in June, the student winners from each state will participate in conflict-resolution simulations and meet with government officials from several agencies and Congress. Three additional prizes for the top three essays nationwide are awarded, in the amounts of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500.

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