Library System Offers

Online Homework Help

The Prince George's County Memorial Library System invites public and private school students in grades 4 through 12 to a demonstration of "Live Homework Help," a new, online, one-on-one tutoring service with sessions in math, science, social studies and English. The free service is available to anyone with a Prince George's County library card.

Residents of Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District are eligible for the county's library cards. A parent or guardian must be present when a child applies for a library card and must agree to pay any overdue fines or other fees incurred.

Students with a library card can use the homework help system at any branch library or from a home computer by going to www.pgcmls.info and clicking on the icon labeled "Live Homework Help." Logging into the system from a home computer and establishing an account and password gives students the additional benefit of being able to review previous sessions at any time, which could prove valuable when studying for midterm and final exams.

Tutoring is provided by certified teachers, university professors and graduate school students who have undergone a background check. The service is provided in English from 2 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week; and in Spanish, in math and science only, from 2 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

Live Homework Help representatives Chris Kearney and Avy Gonzalez will host the demonstrations at the following times and locations: 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Largo-Kettering Branch, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo, 301-336-4044; at 7 p.m. Sept. 29, in Spanish, at the Laurel Branch, 507 Seventh St., Laurel, 301-776-6790; and at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Spauldings Branch, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights, 301-817-3750.

Largo Student Wins

University Scholarship

Lauren Michelle Persons of Largo, a 2004 graduate of Charles H. Flowers High School, has received a Presidential Scholarship from Hampton University. The $23,000 award, based on academic and community achievement, includes tuition and room and board and is renewable in each year that she maintains a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher.

Persons plans to study English education in Hampton's five-year master's program. She hopes to receive her doctorate in school administration by age 30 and expects to teach English at the high school level. Persons is a member of the university's honors program and its marching band.

While in high school, she was a member of the New Millennium Jaguar Marching Band, the All-County Band, the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars and Who's Who Among American High School Students. She plays the piccolo, the flute and the mellophone.

'College Planning 101' Includes Advice on SAT

Prince George's Community College is hosting "College Planning 101," which will include advice on preparing for and taking the new SAT. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the college's Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sponsors include the Community Services Coalition of Prince George's County, the Prince George's section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. and Innovative Study Techniques. Parents, students, educators and community leaders are welcome to participate in a series of discussions and interactive workshops about the college admissions process and the new SAT. High school juniors and seniors from public and private schools are encouraged to attend the free event. Light refreshments will be served. Call 301-883-3137.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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