Students face easier transition into FCC after completing two-week program

Erika Gavidia nearly missed out on a chance for a scholarship for college textbooks because her parents forgot to give her some mail. Two days before the start of the Partnership to Achieving Student Success program at Frederick Community College, Gavidia’s parents gave her a stack of mail with information about the program. Unsure of what it was, she went to the guidance office at the college to help get enrolled. On Friday, Gavidia’s completion of the two-week course designed to help first-year college students bridge the transition from high school to college made her one of 39 students to receive a $250 scholarship for her books as she and the others prepare to start their first semesters at the college on Aug. 21. (News-Post)

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School supply drive helps community kids get ready for new school year

Teachers and students are nearing the end of their summer vacations and switching gears for their return to the classroom. As hundreds of students and teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, the community is stepping up and helping with supplies for teachers. Baltimore County Public Schools are hosting their third annual supply drive in Lutherville to collect items for 750 teachers. (WJZ-TV)

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The Shepherd's Staff and Westminster Rescue Mission partner for back-to-school program

The Shepherd’s Staff has partnered with the Westminster Rescue Mission on the former’s back-to-school program this summer. For years, The Shepherd’s Staff has distributed school supplies and other items to registered families at the nonprofit’s 30 Carroll St. location in Westminster. But this year, according to Executive Director Brenda Meadows, some of the items will be distributed from the Westminster Rescue Mission, at 658 Lucabaugh Mill Road, as well. (Carr. Co. Times)

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One-week boot camp teaches Md. students how to code

An online trade school in Maryland received a grant to teach underserved youth coding, training the next generation of web and graphic designers. Tracey Leong explains how the organization is making a huge impact in our community. The coding boot camp operates in 12 different states. The goal is to reach at least 1,000 students in Maryland. (WJZ-TV)

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Robots go head-to-head at Eldersburg library camp finale

With a count of three, Mr. Sprinkles and Kiki faced off in the center of the ring, in a battle for honor, victory and possibly their lives. Plastic crashed against plastic and wheels were dislodged, but eventually Mr. Sprinkles was victorious, knocking his opponent out of the ring with a spinning propeller attached to his back. With the success of their robot, sixth-grade student Ana Andersson and fourth-grader Molly Richards leapt up and began repairing Mr. Sprinkles for his next bout in the Summer Robotics Camp finale at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library. (Carr. Co. Times)

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August 11 // More support in call for free community college

Mayor Catherine Pugh is gaining support for her call for free community college to help curb violence in the city. On Wednesday during an announcement of new crime fighting initiatives, Mayor Pugh stated she wanted to make Baltimore City Community College free to youth who attend public schools. An idea former NAACP President and current candidate for Maryland Governor Ben Jealous highly backs and urges current Governor Larry Hogan to do the same. (WMAR)

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Washington County Public Schools hires more than 100 new teachers

Washington County Public Schools has hired more than 100 new teachers for the coming school year. With less than a month to go, the school system has hired 107 teachers, and about 12 more vacancies are in the final stages of interviews and offers, according to Terri Baker, director of human resources. "WCPS will be ready for our students’ return on Tuesday, Sept. 5," Baker wrote in an email Thursday. A three-day orientation for new teachers begins Aug. 21 at Williamsport High School. (Herald-Mail)

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Commissioners voice opposition to new BOE central office building proposal

County commissioners argued against the idea of the Carroll County Public Schools moving its central office to a location in Westminster rather than North Carroll, with Stephen Wantz going as far as calling the Board of Education’s plan “ridiculous,” less than 24 hours after the school board voted to move forward with a feasibility study to examine the possibility of relocating to the Friendship Valley Elementary School campus. The Board of County Commissioners discussed the proposed plan at its Thursday meeting, even bringing Superintendent Stephen Guthrie, who was in attendance, up to speak. (Carr. Co. Times)

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