Mount St. Mary's welcomes third-largest freshman class

A gloomy sky hung over Mount St. Mary’s University on Thursday morning as carts full of pillows, clothes, desk items and stuffed animals rolled up the ramps toward the freshman residence halls on campus. Orientation leaders dressed in bright pink shirts directed lost families and helped unload cars. On one side of campus, a window AC unit fell out of the third story as quick hands caught it by the power cord just in time. Right underneath, a family walked by looking at maps in their hands. “This must be where the student commons is,” one girl said as she pointed to a building. (News-Post)

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School supply drive continues — for teachers

The annual Stuff the Bus fundraiser to collect school supplies for Frederick County students officially ended this week, but there are still more supplies to be bought. These supplies, though, will go to teachers. The Staples on West Seventh Street in Frederick has partnered with FCPS and the United Way of Frederick County to hold their own event, but for teachers’ classroom supplies. “I want the teachers to walk away knowing that the amount of money that they make a year, half of it isn’t going towards the classroom,” said Rob Keck, one of the managers of the Staples store. (News-Post)

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Community Foundation of Howard County starts Youth in Philanthropy grant program

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, Thursday announced the establishment of the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) grant program. The program will empower high school students to solicit and evaluate grant applications and award funds to nonprofit organizations in Howard County. Jeffrey Boutwell, a foundation volunteer and donor who established the program, said student members of the YIP committee will actively engage with community nonprofits and learn firsthand about the wide range of issues facing Howard County residents, including homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and the educational and legal needs of struggling families. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore County Police Reminding Motorists Of School Bus Safety Laws Ahead Of Upcoming School Year

The Baltimore County Police Department wants to remind all motorists of school bus safety laws ahead of the upcoming school year. The police department wants to remind motorists to stop when the lights on school buses are flashing. Maryland law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street if there is no physical divider or barrier. Drivers who pass the bus before all lights have ceased flashing may face the following consequences: Drivers who pass a school bus while the lights are flashing will receive a citation that carries a maximum payable fine of $570 and a three-point penalty. (WJZ-TV)

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Md. county leaders cast a wary eye at Kirwan education costs

County leaders from around the state are being encouraged to support an education plan billed as transformative but aren’t yet being told what their costs will be or how to pay for them. An hour-long panel discussion at the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference at times sounded more like an attempt to buoy enthusiasm for recommendations that once fully implemented will cost a minimum of $4 billion annually. And one county executive said the 10 year phase-in might have to be lengthened significantly in order to make it more palatable for many of the state’s 24 political subdivisions. (Daily Record) 

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County STEM Interns Reflect On Summer Program

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) immersion is how 75 Worcester County students from middle school to college spent part of the summer. During the seventh annual Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) STEM Summer Programs Recognition Ceremony on Friday, July 26, interns discussed how their experiences working with program sponsors shaped their educational and career goals. “Listening to the students recall their intern experiences with local businesses and discovering for themselves that strong careers in the STEM field are here and growing is encouraging,” WCED Director Kathryn Gordon said. (Dispatch)

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UMD, PGCC, and Montgomery County College Receive Grants To Educate STEM Teachers For The Long Haul

A total of $296,041 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was awarded for a collaborative project between the University of Maryland College Park, Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College to train Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educators on Aug. 7. Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer announced the funding (MD-05) along with Anthony Brown (MD-04) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). “Passionate,well-prepared teachers are crucial to our students’ success,” the senators and congressmen said in a joint statement. “We need educators who can champion STEM learning and engage our students on these important subjects. “This funding will foster an essential partnership between three of Maryland’s great institutions of higher education and will bolster our state’s efforts to recruit and train STEM teachers,” they continued. (Sentinel)

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Maryland public schools to teach LGBTQ, disability rights history

Within the next few years, history teachers in Maryland public schools will add LGBTQ and disability rights to their curricula. The Maryland State Department of Education agreed to add new standards to the U.S. History curriculum for high schoolers to include the history of both groups. "When we’re teaching history, we want to make sure we teach all of history, and our history the way we teach it has traditionally left out a lot of Americans," Eric Luedtke, Montgomery County's delegate to the Maryland General Assembly, said. Luedtke said advocates in his district approached him in July, requesting the addition. (WUSA9)

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