Institute Of Notre Dame Alums Hope To Save School From Shutting Its Doors For Good

The Institute of Notre Dame is set to close June 30, but there’s a local group who is determined to save it. They’re called “Saving IND” and they’re trying to preserve over 170 years of history and education. Nearly a month after the prestigious Institute of Notre Dame announced they’d be closing their doors for good after years of financial trouble along with a worldwide health pandemic, the sense of denial was evident for those who call it home. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland Universities Plan In-Person Learning For Fall Semester After Moving Online Due To Coronavirus

With COVID-19 forcing most schools to finish out the year remotely, some local colleges and universities are now saying they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. Loyola University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Towson University and the University of Maryland all plan to open this fall. (WJZ-TV)

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Calais Campbell Foundation, Cohen & Dwin provide laptops for students in need

New Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell and his CRC Foundation have partnered with Baltimore law firm Cohen & Dwin to provide new laptops for 100 disadvantaged high school students. The new laptops will be distributed by the YMCA of Central Maryland so the students can successfully participate in distance learning during the COVID-19 shutdown. A $10,000 donation from the CRC Foundation was matched by Cohen & Dwin, which was founded in Baltimore in 1977 and now has offices on Patterson and Greenmount avenues. (Daily Record)

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College Board suspends plan for at-home SAT, urges colleges not to punish applicants who can’t submit scores

The College Board is halting plans to offer the SAT admissions test at home in coming months and is urging schools not to punish students who do not submit scores, further demonstrating how the coronavirus crisis has upended college admissions. In backing away from at-home exams, the testing organization cited concerns that many students would not have access at home to the three hours of reliable Internet service that would be required to complete the multiple-choice exam. (Wash Post)

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Graduating Francis Scott Key High School seniors to be celebrated with vehicle parade Wednesday

The mothers of two Francis Scott Key High School seniors have organized a vehicle-based parade set for Wednesday night as an alternative way to help celebrate the seniors after they lost their graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Miller and Jenny Haines are neighbors in Taneytown’s Meadowbrook community. They decided to organize a parade through the Meadowbrook and Copperfield developments since, according to Miller, about 20 graduates live in the two communities. (Carr Co Times)

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Students join current protest movement with a march in Gaithersburg

A large crowd of students rallied in Rio in Gaithersburg on Monday to express their outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, who was black, died on May 25 after a white police officer investigating a call about someone using a fake $20 bill at a store pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, as shown in a video shot by a bystander. The officer has been charged with murder and manslaughter. (Bethesda Beat)

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To convince kids to wear masks, adults are getting creative. Kids are getting … annoyed.

The preschool teacher panned her iPhone camera over two bowls of water, set side-by-side and dusted with thick piles of pepper. As her students watched on Zoom, Jennifer Cross coughed into the first bowl, sending black flakes flying. Then she stretched an orange mask, patterned with swirls, over her mouth and coughed into the second. No movement, she pointed out, adding that the pepper flakes are just like germs. (Wash Post)

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COVID-19 and the Class of 2020: A future scientist on what students really think of school

The third in a series by WTOP’s Kate Ryan on local high school seniors and how they’re coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the end of their school careers. Amadu Bah says something adults don’t normally hear from high school students: “You know, as high school students we complain about going to school every day, and we talk about how we dislike it. In reality, there’s nothing like that in-person experience.” (WTOP)

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