Prince George's, Montgomery students study sanitation during winter break

Midway through his winter break, D’Vonte Harris, 17, of Upper Marlboro, decided to further his education by learning about water sanitation and waste treatment. Harris, who has attended the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Engineering Academy since it began in 2010, said the academy has given him a new appreciation of water use. “It’s a friendly environment,” said Harris, a senior at Charles H. Flowers in Springdale. “The employees treat us well and they give us knowledge.” (Gazette)

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Md. governor's task force on arts education to meet in Hagerstown

The Maryland governor’s task force on arts education will hold a regional forum on Jan. 15 at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Washington County Board of Education member Wayne Ridenour said. Ridenour serves on the task force, which was recently established. Ridenour said people can provide ideas and views on what they think an appropriate arts education should be, and about the integration of arts and music in the curriculum in the future. (Herald-Mail)

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Teacher publishes book, donates proceeds to charity

Carol Petraitis, an instructional assistant at Calvert Country School, knew creating books about her students was an interactive way to get their creative minds flowing. With some encouragement from colleagues, Petraitis published one of her books on Amazon and is donating proceeds to The Autism Project, a nonprofit program located in Owings. (Recorder)

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Dec. 30 // Somerset school superintendent Gaddis works for bright future

John Gaddis laid out a vision to make the Somerset County school system the best in Maryland. That was quite an oath, considering Gaddis had just accepted an interim post expected to run about a year. In less than six months on the job, Gaddis has won a vote of confidence from the Board of Education that also decided to forgo a search for a permanent superintendent. Instead, the board “asked if I would take the position,” Gaddis said. “I accepted.” (Daily Times)

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Centennial High students pay it forward by going back

Students at Centennial High School, in Ellicott City, are embracing the old-fashioned as they sing to bring smiles to the faces of the area elderly. Vintage Voices is a student-group founded last year by senior Becky Goodridge as part of her work earning her Girl Scout Gold Award — the highest honor from the scouts. Once a month, the group performs at senior day care centers, nursing homes and assisted living centers, singing songs from the 1930s through 1950s. (Balt. Sun)

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Towson AD talks impact of FCS national title game for the school

Tim Leonard has had a successful couple of months since taking over in August as the new Towson University athletics director. Formerly the senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Southern Methodist University, Leonard arrived at Towson just as the football team began its most successful season in school history. (WMAR-TV)

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Changing Prince George's one youth at a time

The former hip-hop artist and moving company owner sits in a small office in the backyard of his Bowie home, amid walls adorned with trophies and posters. His ideas are scribbled all over large sheets of paper. His office may be small, but Rob Howze’s ideas are big. Howze is the executive director of Mentoring to Manhood, a Bowie-based nonprofit organization that mentors and tutors young Prince George’s County boys ages 12 to 18. (Gazette)

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Tax revenue from Military Bowl may not go to Annapolis

The University of Maryland lost to Marshall University in Friday's Military Bowl, but Annapolis, Md. may face an even bigger fight. While thousands of dollars poured in from the bowl's ticket sales, the city might not see a dime. Typically, the city is eligible for 10 percent of each ticket sold at the Navy- Marine Corps Memorial Stadium but since the Naval Academy didn't play it's not clear whether Annapolis will receive the tax revenue. (WTOP)

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