Rockville names bridge for Wootton High principal whose death devastated school

A three-lane bridge on Wootton Parkway in Rockville will bear the name of Michael J. Doran, the beloved Thomas S. Wootton High School principal who died in 2015 just two weeks before classes started. The Rockville City Council earlier this month decided to dedicate the bridge to Doran at the request of a Wootton graduate, Jon Glaser. (Bethesda)

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Art to inspire: Gerstell students hope to lift spirits of patients

Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." That is what students from Gerstell Academy hope happens when patients at the Tevis Center for Wellness view their artwork in the halls of Carroll Hospital's East Pavilion. "It is really nice to see how creative the children can be," said Meghan Gonzalez, hospital marketing specialist. Gonzalez said the hospital reaches out to students throughout the county to look for art to be displayed in their East Pavilion, rotating art every two months. (Carr. Co. Times)

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March 14 // Hopkins' nursing school to expand with help of $2 million grant

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has won a $2 million grant from the France-Merrick Foundation that school leaders say will mean not only an expansion and renovation of their East Baltimore building but extra volunteer commitments in the surrounding community. The nursing school is expected to produce 30 percent more graduates annually by 2021 after the project is completed in 2020. Currently, there are 1,100 students enrolled, up about 500 from when the building was completed in 1998. (Balt. Sun)

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UMUC designated top military-friendly university

University of Maryland University College has tied for first place in a ranking of military-friendly online universities by the nonprofit SR Education Group. The education-research publisher based in Washington state released this month its list of 68 military-friendly online colleges. These accredited schools offered at least 10 online degree programs and exceptional flexibility, financial assistance and support for students, according to SR Education Group. UMUC was the only Maryland school to make the list, and it tied Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y. as the top-ranked school for servicemen and women. (Balt. Sun)

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Sykesville South Carroll Rotary offers scholarship

The Sykesville South Carroll Rotary Scholarship will be offered through the three high schools in South Carroll area, Liberty, Century and South Carroll. Scholarships of $1,000 will be offered annually to up to four students with special consideration given to students electing to attend vocational/technical schools. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic record, a completed essay, letters of recommendation and community service. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Performances of 'Addicted' begin at North Harford High School Thursday

The drama production "Addicted," which shows the devastating impact drug and alcohol abuse has on an addict and the people around them, will begin its fourth annual run at North Harford High School later this week. North Harford High psychologist Christle Henzel wrote and directs the play, which is performed by NHHS drama students and alumni. The county's Office of Drug Control Policy is working with Henzel to promote the play and make it a county-wide event. That partnership started last year. (Balt. Sun)

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March 13 // City, state officials seek $180 million extra for Baltimore schools over three years

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and state lawmakers outlined a proposal Friday designed to give the city school system a reprieve from its annual ritual of plugging budget holes — but the sources of money for the deal have yet to be finalized and the plan wouldn't entirely close a funding gap the schools face for the coming year. The plan, offered by Pugh and supported by Baltimore's delegation to the General Assembly, calls for the city and the state to provide $180 million over three years. That would give the schools a degree of stability until lawmakers pass a major overhaul of the way Maryland funds education, officials say. (Balt. Sun)

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GOP delegates fight in-state tuition rates for non-resident volunteers

A bill that would give in-state tuition rates to AmeriCorp volunteers who’ve served all their hours in Maryland passed the House of Delegates, 86-50, on Thursday in a party line vote. Republicans objected that residents could be bumped from admission to Maryland colleges to give in-state slots to non-residents. (Md. Reporter)

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