CSM to host com­mu­nity di­ver­sity fo­rum April 1

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The Di­ver­sity In­sti­tute at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will host the 2017 Unity in Our Com­mu­nity Di­ver­sity Fo­rum, begin­ning at 8:30 a.m., April 1, at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s La Plata Cam­pus, as an op­por­tu­nity to re­view and pro­vide in­put on strate­gic plans drafted over the past sev­eral months by var­i­ous ma­jor in­stitu- tions within Charles County.

CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried, who will be host­ing the fo­rum, ex­plained in a press re­lease that lead­ers from var­i­ous en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing county gov­ern­ment, the sher­iff’s of­fice, state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice, pub­lic li­braries, CSM and pub­lic schools, have been work­ing since the fall to de­velop strate­gic plans for their units that will pro­mote a more di­verse work­force, a pos­i­tive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all their em­ploy­ees, a pro­vi­sion of ser­vices that meets the needs of the com­mu­nity and feed­back sys­tems to en­sure suc­cess.

This year’s fo­rum will cen­ter on dis­cussing these plans, with par­tic­i­pants re­ceiv­ing draft copies of the plans and hear­ing from the lead­er­ship of each or­ga­ni­za­tion. They will be asked to pro­vide in­put, and after the fo­rum, the three-year plans will be up­dated and fi­nal­ized.

Charles County res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to at­tend this free fo­rum, which will be held in the Fine Arts (FA) Build­ing on the La Plata Cam­pus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Cof­fee and pas­tries will be avail­able begin­ning at 8:30 a.m., with the fo­rum to start at 9 a.m. in the the­ater, FA-100. The fo­rum will con­clude by noon.

For plan­ning pur­poses, at­ten­dees are asked to RSVP

Jude House to raise funds for ad­dic­tion rehabilitation

The Jude House will hold its an­nual fundraiser 6 p.m. Fri­day, March 17, at the Wal­dorf Jaycees. Tick­ets are $35. For ad­di­tional ticket in­for­ma­tion and spon­sor­ship in­for­ma­tion, con­tact mlogs­don@jude­house.org.

Auc­tion to sup­port Spring Dell Cen­ter

A Quarter Auc­tion will be held 2-7 p.m. Satur­day, March 18, at the La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, 911 Wash­ing­ton Ave., La Plata. The event will in­clude var­i­ous auc­tion items from lo­cal ven­dors such as Par­tyLite, Scentsy, Lu­laroe and more. Ad­di­tional vin­tage items will be auc­tioned such as Cab­bage Patch Kids, Cher­ished Ted­dies as well as ex­pe­ri­ence pack­ages from Dave & Buster’s and the Ad­ven­ture Park. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and the auc­tion will be­gin at 3 p.m. Pad­dles can be pur­chased for $3 or two pad­dles for $5. Guests can also pur­chase food and drinks at the event, and there will be var­i­ous door prizes an­nounced through­out the auc­tion. Pro­ceeds from the event will sup­port adults with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in the com­mu­nity through Spring Dell’s skill de­vel­op­ment pro­grams in­clud­ing job-readi­ness, in­de­pen­dent liv­ing, and em­ploy­ment place­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion or ques­tions, go to springdell­cen­ter.org or con­tact Ann Davis at 301-934-4561, adavis@springdell­cen­ter.org.

HITS Expo to show stu­dents’ achieve­ments in sci­ence, his­tory

Charles County Pub­lic Schools is host­ing its sec­ond His­tory, In­dus­try, Tech­nol­ogy and Sci­ence (HITS) Expo start­ing at 1 p.m., Satur­day, March 18, at St. Charles High School 5305 Piney Church Road in Wal­dorf.

The expo is a show­case of stu­dent ac­com­plish­ments in the area of sci­ence and his­tory, as well as ex­poses stu­dents, par­ents and the com­mu­nity to pro­grams and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able. Pro­grams in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties and stu­dent skills in the ar­eas of sci­ence, his­tory, tech­nol­ogy, com­puter sci­ence, Ca­reer Tech­nol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion (CTE) and engi­neer­ing. Expo pre­sen­ta­tions be­gin at 1 p.m. and con­clude around 5 p.m.

Sev­eral pre­sen­ta­tions are planned for the expo such as robotics, com­puter sci­ence and cod­ing, engi­neer­ing, Project Lead the Way, arts and crafts, in­ter­ac­tive me­dia pro­duc­tion and more. Staff from the Nan­je­moy Creek En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter are also pre­sent­ing live rap­tors from the Nan­je­moy Creek area.

An awards cer­e­mony to honor stu­dent win­ners in the His­tory and Sci­ence Fair project por­tion of the expo starts at 5 p.m. The expo re­places the an­nual sci­ence and his­tory fairs, and in- cludes both sci­ence and his­tory fair projects from Charles Coun- ty Pub­lic Schools stu­dents, as well as pri­vate school stu­dents.

Sev­eral hands-on learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be fea­tured for at­ten­dees to par­tic­i­pate in at the expo. These ac­tiv­i­ties range from a photo booth for stu­dents to dress as sci­en­tists or his­to­ri­ans, marsh­mal­low sci­ence, learn­ing about DNA through straw­ber­ries, phys­i­cal sci­ence demon­stra­tions and a hands-on S.T.E.A.M. ac­tiv­ity to a po­lar ice and fin­ger­print ac­tiv­ity, flink­ers ac­tiv­ity, a vor­tex wave can­non, dis­sec­tion demon­stra­tion and learn­ing about heart health.

Re-en­ac­tors from lo­cal his­tor­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions also will lead sev­eral in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions. Com­mu­nity groups such as the Amer­i­can In­dian “Let’s Dance” pro­gram and the War of 1812 Trav­el­ing Trunk are planned to par­tic­i­pate. Also tak­ing place dur­ing the Expo in the in­door pool area is a re­gional SeaPerch chal­lenge. SeaPerch is an un­der­wa­ter robotics pro­gram in which stu­dents de­sign, build and op­er­ate a Re­motely Op­er­ated Ve­hi­cle (ROV) through a com­plex ob­sta­cle course.

Ap­ply for the Charles County Arts Al­liance Schol­ar­ship

Each year the Charles County Arts Al­liance (CCAA) awards $1,000 schol­ar­ships to one out­stand­ing grad­u­at­ing se­nior from each high school in Charles County who plans to con­tinue study­ing the arts (per­form­ing, visual or lit­er­ary) at a four-year col­lege or univer­sity to­ward a ca­reer in the arts.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the PNC Foun­da­tion is spon­sor­ing three $1000 schol­ar­ships to grad­u­at­ing high school se­niors who demon­strate a fi­nan­cial need and plan to con­tinue study­ing the Arts at a four year col­lege or univer­sity to­ward a ca­reer in the Arts.

The com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion and all re­quired doc­u­men­ta­tion must be re­ceived in the CCAA Of­fice by noon, Fri­day, March 17.

To down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion, go to https://charle­scount­yarts. org/pro­gram/schol­ar­ships.

Charles County Pub­lic School se­niors may also see their high schools’ Col­lege and Ca­reer Ad­vi­sors for a copy of the ap­pli­ca­tion. Stu­dents should de­ter­mine which schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion they wish to sub­mit.

There are three ways to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion:

1) Mail (not post­mark) the com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion with sealed tran­scripts to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695, in suf­fi­cient time to be re­ceived in the CCAA of­fice by March 17.

2) Email the ap­pli­ca­tion to info@charle­scount­yarts.org; and mail the sealed tran­scripts sep­a­rately to the CCAA Of­fice (PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695), in suf­fi­cient time to be re­ceived by noon, March 17, 2017.

3) Hand de­liver the com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion with the sealed tran­scripts to the CCAA Of­fice at 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646, be­tween the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the CCAA of­fice at 301-3925900, info@charle­scount­yarts. org, or schol­ar­ship.ccaa@gmail. com.

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