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Community News and Programs

In alignment with Howard County Board of Education Policy 10010, Distribution and Display of Materials and Announcements, the following announcements have been approved by the Public Information Office for distribution. Please visit Distributing Community Information through the School System or contact the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682 if you have any questions. The below community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

Concussion online research-Kennedy Krieger

Want to help with concussion research online!? Seeking children 10-17 years old who have recently had a concussion, or who have NEVER had a concussion, to join an online research study and help us learn more about recovery from concussion. Flexible scheduling, Online via Zoom. No cost. Participants will be compensated with Target gift cards. Contact Mickey Ellis-Stockley by email: or phone: 443-923-7987.

Summer Tutoring- Scientific Minds of America

Scientific Minds of America(SMOA) is a student-led nonprofit organization offering free virtual tutoring for elementary and middle school students. We provide specialized instruction tailored to the student’s needs in Science, Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. Elementary school form; Middle school form. For more information visit:

At Home Summer Program-Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, Inc.

Girls on the Run is offering a brand new, at-home summer program, available only until August 1, 2020. For only $49, girls receive the Power Up Activity Book with over 50 activities, an exclusive GRL PWR t-shirt, Physical Activity Guide, Completion Certificate, and a few other fun surprises, delivered directly to her doorstep. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. To purchase a kit or request a sponsored kit, visit Jessamine Duvall,, 443-583-7740.

Virtual Summer Camp-Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County Corp.

Offering a Virtual Summer Camp for the entire summer. Everything online, cost vary. For information contact, Jean Xu; 443-797-9588;

Parent Survey-Tech Changers, Inc.

Tech Changers needs YOUR HELP to ensure we are meeting the needs of ALL families in Howard County. We are prepared to support the community through virtual FREE computer science and STEM programs this summer and into the Fall as needed. Moving forward, we want to ensure our programs are accessible to ALL families and hope to provide programs that work with families challenging schedules. The parent survey is critical to the success of our mission. We are giving away 2 – $20 Amazon gift cards as a way to say Thank You to those who help.
Lisa Wenzel,

Behavioral Psychology-Kennedy Krieger

We can help with the daily problems families have during the COVID-19 crisis such as anxiety, homeschooling, home confinement/social isolation, and difficulties with routines as well as a variety of behavioral issues such as aggression, tantrums, noncompliance, disruptive behaviors, eating and sleeping difficulties, medical compliance, coping skills, and self-esteem. Telehealth (via ZOOM), Medical Assistance and Insurance accepted. or call 443-923-7508. For more information, visit

BranchOut! Veritas Education Leaders-Free Online Tutoring Services

BranchOut! Veritas Education Leaders has partnered with STEP Mentorship and Girls Who Math to uphold the standards of learning. Ever since the closure of the public school systems in the country, BranchOut! student leaders have been working hard to alleviate the burden of educators by bringing BranchOut! services to students in need. BranchOut! services include a free online tutoring program that is personalized to the needs of each student. Each tutee gets personally assigned a mentor who works to help them in subjects that they are struggling in. Through this program, student mentors can assist the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and tutees can easily receive high quality educational support.

One on One Coding Lessons-The Coding School

We provide one-on-one coding lessons, June 7- August 15, 2-week and 10-week program. The lessons take place online via video chat, so students are able to have these lessons from the comfort of their own homes, in a risk-free environment. Various programs from $149 to $699, scholarships available for students with financial need., (323)790-9992

Summer Program-Howard Community College

The Project Access summer program, at Howard Community College, is offering an on-line, remote learning program. Applications are still being accepted through June 12. The program will be held from July 6th- July 31st. Project Access is a college preparatory program focused on supporting students receiving academic accommodations as they transition from high school to college. Dianne Nagle;

Summer Program-Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

CCTA presents Junior and Senior Intensives, our new summer programming.
Junior Intensive July 6-17,9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Senior Intensive July 20 – August 8, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
HCC Horowitz Center Smith Theatre
Junior Intensive $600 / Senior Intensive $695 / 410-381-0700

Camp of the Art- Slayton House Theatre

Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts 2020, 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD 21044. Rising Stars Session I, July 20-31, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., open to campers in grades 1-8. Rising Stars Session II August 3-14, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., open to campers in grades 1-8. Cost $605.00, discounts available. Contact Rachael Strube,, 410-730-3987.

Leadership & Empowerment Camp-Amazing Futures Foundation

SPRING SESSION & SUMMER CAMPS NOW ENROLLING. Locations, specific topics and registration links at: Spring after-school classes start mid-April | Summer camps run July 6 – August 14, at various HCPSS locations. After-school $144/6 classes | Summer Camp $327/week. Nancy Sheain,, 410-707-6288.

Journey 2020-Maryland Leadership, Women’s Giving Circle

For Howard County Middle School Girls, July 12-July 18, 2020 at Washington College. Applications are due May 15, 2020. Journey applications and scholarship applications can be found at Financial assistance is made available by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. Contact information for Maryland Leadership Workshops: 301-444-8623;;

East Howard Jaguars Football and Cheer-Howard County Recreation and Parks

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers competitive youth football programs this fall. Evaluations to determine student-athletes placement will occur during the summer practices, we strongly encourage you to plan vacations before August. We strongly urge you to register before June 30th. Indicate child’s weight and experience. A signed medical release form from a doctor and a Maryland State ID Card are required. Practice begins August 3rd and will be held five nights per week at Rockburn Branch Park before Howard County Public Schools start, and three nights thereafter for the duration of the season. Games are held on some Friday nights or Saturday, and will require travel. Inclement weather make up games may be held on any day of the week. The season will run through mid-November except for those teams that continue into other post season championships. Begins August 3rd from 6-8 PM. Rockburn Branch Park – East. Football – $185 / Cheer – $150. ;