Classes Set

For Home Buyers

The District of Columbia Public Library is sponsoring a series of programs providing instruction for new home buyers. The next session is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw branch library, 1708 Eighth St. NW.

The American Library Association and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a provider of home financing, are sponsoring programs called The Path to Home Ownership Begins @ Your Library. The free two-hour seminars concentrate on helping low-income, middle-income and minority purchasers complete the home-buying process.

The meetings will be held at least once a month, with a February session being offered in Spanish.

To find out more about the program, including registration and schedule information, call 202-727-1151.

Disabilities Group

Receives Grant

The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, a nonprofit organization that works with disabled individuals, received a $102,527 grant from D.C's Income Maintenance Administration to assist low-income families with disabilities.

The grant will be used to initiate Family Alliances, a mentoring program for low-income families with children who have learning disabilities.

The families serving as mentors will receive training in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, developmental disabilities, communication skills and more.

For more information, go to

Essay Contest

For High Schoolers

High school students are encouraged to enter the ninth annual "My Turn" essay competition to compete for scholarships. The deadline is March 1, 2003.

Sponsored in part by Kaplan Inc. and Newsweek magazine, the contest requires students to write a 500- to 1,000-word essay describing personal experiences that have made a difference in their lives. Judges will select 10 finalists.

The first-place winner receives $5,000; second place earns $2,000; and eight runners-up are awarded $1,000. Ten honorable mentions will be named.

The top winner also has a chance of being published in Newsweek. Winners will be announced in April.

Guidelines and entry forms are at

Urban League Gets

Literacy Funds

The Greater Washington Urban League recently received part of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help District families improve reading levels and literacy.

The grant is intended to create Reading Information Centers, where children and parents will receive information on how to comply with local reading and arts standards. The grant will also be used to improve related programs.

The league will publicize their programs through barber shops, faith-based institutions, community businesses and nonprofit organizations.

In addition to Washington, participating cities are Cleveland, Houston and Miami.