Book gives schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents wis­dom for col­lege life

The Calvert Recorder - - News - Sarah Fallin sfallin@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecSARAH

It’s been a tra­di­tion at schol­ar­ship re­cep­tions for LEAP For­ward for the past years’ re­cip­i­ents to pass on some wis­dom to the new crop of awardees.

Now, LEAP For­ward, a lo­cal non­profit aimed at pro­mot­ing STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math) to mi­nor­ity youth and as­sist­ing with their ed­u­ca­tional en­deav­ors, along with Con­cerned Black Women, pub­lished a book of wis­dom from about 30 past schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents. The book will be given to fu­ture re­cip­i­ents and are avail­able for pur­chase.

“From Whence We Came Col­lege Sur­vival Tool­kit” came to LEAP For­ward pres­i­dent Rhonda Thomas dur­ing the schol­ar­ship re­cep­tion in 2016 as the past re­cip­i­ents passed on their wis­dom.

“While I was sit­ting there, the spirit just spoke to me … you should make this book,” Thomas said.

Later that same year, they reached out to the past re­cip­i­ents and re­ceived about 30 re­sponses. The 25 schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents in July of this year were the first crop to re­ceive the book.

The book gives the new col­lege stu­dents pos­i­tive role models who came from South­ern Mary­land as well, Thomas said. More than 300 books have been dis­trib­uted in total, par­tic­u­larly to or­ga­ni­za­tions who work with youth.

“I’ve heard it’s re­ally been a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence,” Thomas said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on LEAP For­ward, go to www.leap­for­wardinc.org.

Free pro­fes­sional cloth­ing avail­able

The Calvert County Com­mis­sion for Women will host an open house at its Dress for Success Clothes Closet on Satur­day, Sept. 30, from noon to 3 p.m. Through its Clothes Closet Project, the CCCW pro­vides free pro­fes­sional cloth­ing for women en­ter­ing or re­turn­ing to the work­force or for those who just need to boost their clothes for work.

The event will be held at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church at 25 Church St. in Prince Fred­er­ick. To sched­ule an ap­point­ment for an­other day, call 410-610-4221 or email bishop7221@hot­mail.com.

Christ­mas in April dead­line ap­proach­ing

The dead­line for re­ceipt of Christ­mas in April Calvert County Inc. ap­pli­ca­tions for the April 2018 work­day is Sept. 30.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able at li­braries, se­nior cen­ters and churches and may be re­quested by call­ing Christ­mas in April at 410-535-9044. Ap­pli­ca­tions are also avail­able at www. christ­masi­napril­calvert­county.org and may be sub­mit­ted on­line.

Home re­pairs and im­prove­ments are done for free for ac­cepted low-in­come home­own­ers. The home must be lo­cated in Calvert County and all home­own­ers must live in the home.

Art auc­tion com­ing up

On Satur­day, Oct. 7, the Calvert Li­brary Foun­da­tion will host the fourth Gala Art Auc­tion to ben­e­fit all Calvert Li­brary lo­ca­tions. The event will be held at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Prince Fred­er­ick. It will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-auc­tion “Taste of the Re­gion” re­cep­tion, with live mu­si­cians, and a review of the col­lec­tion of art to be sold.

The auc­tion will start at 7:30 p.m. The pro­fes­sion­ally cu­rated col­lec­tion of framed art, in­clud­ing the works of many prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional artists, as well as sports and mu­sic mem­o­ra­bilia, will be auc­tioned by a pro­fes­sional auc­tion­eer out of New York. Art val­ues will ac­com­mo­date a broad range of bud­gets, many not ex­pen­sive. Door prizes, in­clud­ing a framed work of art val­ued at no less than $150, will be given.

The as­so­ciated silent auc­tion will fea­ture week­end and week­long beach and ski­ing condo get­aways, pro­fes­sional sports ticket pack­ages with rare seat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, fine jew­elry, works of art by re­gional artists, an­tiques, food spe­cial­ties de­liv­ered to the win­ner’s home, gifts from lo­cal busi­nesses and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay ex­cur­sions. A hun­dred per­cent of the suc­cess­ful bids on these items will go to Calvert Li­brary and all its branches.

Tick­ets for this event are $20 and can be pur­chased from any Calvert Li­brary lo­ca­tion. There will be a cash bar. Tick­ets will be avail­able at the event. Email Li­braryArtAuc­tion@ com­cast.net for de­tails or go to www.calvertli­brary­foun­da­tion.com.

CAASA to host me­mo­rial 5K

Calvert Al­liance Against Sub­stance Abuse will host the 17th an­nual Step By Step 5K Fun Run/Walk on Satur­day, Nov. 4, at the Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum. The event is held in mem­ory of Mike Black­well, a marathon run­ner killed by a hit-and-run driver in Jan­uary 2001. The pro­ceeds from the event ben­e­fit CAASA pro­grams such as Project Grad­u­a­tion, Na­tional Night Out and more.

Reg­is­tra­tion and checkin starts at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. The reg­is­tra­tion fee is $25 in ad­vance or $30 the day of the race. The fee is $20 for CAASA mem­bers and $15 for stu­dents 21 and younger. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-535-1600, ext. 8806. To reg­is­ter, go to www.raceit.com/Reg­is­ter/?event=40995.

Pre­scrip­tion drug dis­count pro­gram avail­able

The Calvert County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers has part­nered with the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties since July 2009 to pro­vide county res­i­dents with a pre­scrip­tion drug dis­count pro­gram. To date, the part­ner­ship has saved Calvert County res­i­dents more than $403,000 on more than 20,824 pre­scrip­tions with dis­counts av­er­ag­ing 30.5 per­cent, or $19.40 per pre­scrip­tion.

This free pro­gram is avail­able to all county res­i­dents, re­gard­less of age, in­come or ex­ist­ing health cov­er­age. There are no en­roll­ment forms, mem­ber­ship fees or lim­its on fre­quency of use. Card­hold­ers and their fam­ily mem­bers may use the card any time their pre­scrip­tions are not cov­ered by in­surance. The card also cov­ers cer­tain pet med­i­ca­tions. The card can­not be used for co-pays or to ob­tain ad­di­tional dis­counts on pre­scrip­tions that are cov­ered by in­surance.

Cards are avail­able at all Calvert County li­braries, se­nior cen­ters, the Calvert County Health De­part­ment and the Calvert County De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Re­sources, lo­cated at 30 Duke St. in Prince Fred­er­ick.

To learn more about this free ser­vice and to review a list of par­tic­i­pat­ing phar­ma­cies, visit the NACo web­site at www. na­corx.org or call toll­free 1-877-321-2652.

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