Pair Team Up for Kids

Radio sportscaster and talk show host Harold Bell is at it again.

The home town boy from Anacostia, who in 1969 organized a Christmas toy drive for needy kids that is still going strong, now operates his own hot line and counseling program called "Kids in Trouble" for youngsters thinking about experimenting with drugs or drug sales or wishing they could talk to someone who understood what it's like to be around people who do such things.

Bell says he reaches at least a dozen youngsters a week over the COCAINE (262-2463) hot line, which goes into his home.

Now he and Redskins receiver Joe Howard are teaming up to raise funds for more anti-drug outreach for city kids. They hang out Monday nights at Hogate's restaurant in Southwest asking for donations.

Howard is the only current Redskin who grew up in the District.

Bell used to play minor-league football with the Virginia Sailors and was named 1980 Sports Personality of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. "I've been really lucky, and many people have helped me," he said. "That is why I want to focus my energy back to our community."

Howard Botany Research

Seven Howard University students and their botany professor, Mary McKenna, spent a week in August studying alpine ecology near Glacier Lakes, Wyo., as part of a field study program for urban students paid for by the U.S. Forest Service.

The program was organized by McKenna. Students, who competed for the trip with an essay and interviews were Vincent Tolbert, 22; Natama Sommers, 21; Cynthia Primas, 24; Sonya Poitier, 24; Fiayaz Shaama, 29; Maria Hille-Salgueiro, 37; and Donna Eversley, 23.

The week included a series of field trips that focused on the impact of air pollution on high-elevation plant life. "It was a very new experience for them," said McKenna, who plans to repeat the program next year. The students, most of whom had grown up in the city, "had never been hiking in the mountains. I was glad to see them succeed both educationally and physically," McKenna said.

Science Academy Honors 2

Two local students, including one who grew up in the District, were among 16 science students recognized by the National Academy of Science last month with awards from The ARCS Foundation Inc.

The foundation, whose acronym stands for "Achievement Rewards for College Students," supports science research.

The organization gave $25,000 to the university of each of the winners. Part of the award was presented as scholarship money and part as funding to offset the costs of their research projects.

Deidre Spaulding, 26, of Northeast Washington, was a winner. She is pursuing an advanced degree at George Washington University in engineering management, and her research focuses on management diversity within technical fields.

Brent Harris, 25, who grew up in Bethesda and is working on his doctorate at Georgetown University, was the other local winner. He is studying pharmacology and is working on a research project with two other students in microbiology related to the central nervous system.

The Metropolitan Washington Chapter has raised more than $768,000 for local students of science since it was chartered in 1968.