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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.


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:

Child Care Resources

KidzEscape at Supreme Sports Club – Columbia Association

Ages 5-12 years old
Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45-11:15am

Columbia Association invites parents to drop their children off in a safe and fun space for a two-hour escape. Children will enjoy arts and crafts, games and active play, while following CDC safety guidelines and social distancing from their new friends.

Small groups, experienced staff and a clean environment will help parents to relax while their children play! Get more info at

Full Day Childcare – Columbia Association

CA will offer full day childcare (7am- 6pm), beginning on September 8, at select schools. Registration will be open for current school age participants by Friday, August 21. Income qualified discounts are offered. Registration will be open to the general public on a space available basis beginning Monday, August 31. Space is limited at all sites and the program may be canceled or sites combined if there are not enough participants at one site. Click here for more information.

RecZone – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Howard County is launching RecZone, a new program designed to help families address childcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Open to grades K-5, students enrolled in the program will receive support for virtual learning assignments, work sessions, and will enjoy crafts, physical activities, and games.

The program will begin on September 8 at select schools throughout Howard County. Registration will open to the general public Friday, August 14 at 8am. For additional information on RecZone, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Student-musician volunteers-The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant

K-12 Students are needed for weekly online virtual concerts. Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Do you want to help isolated senior residents? Student musicians can practice at home, perform and record their performance video to volunteer. Student volunteers can earn service hours once the performance is completed. All music levels and music genres are welcome.The weekly Virtual Concert is broadcasted at seven local assisted living facilities in Maryland impacting hundreds of isolated senior residents. Sign up to volunteer and make a positive impact. Our weekly virtual concert is broadcasted on every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Contact: Susan Su, ; CELL: 301-247-3475;

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Registration Forms

Howard County high school students may click here to access the 2020-21 school year Teen Advisory Council (TAC) registration form (see #2). Signed forms are due each year. Open to all Howard County high school students. Community service hours available. Email a signed PDF to or mail a hard copy to HC DrugFree, 5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia, MD 21044. Be sure to include a photo.

Community Action Council

Volunteer opportunities at the Howard County Food Bank and Community Garden. Complete an application.

Columbia Community Care

A grassroots network of neighbors serving neighbors in Howard County.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities:
Many Howard County nonprofits welcome volunteers. To ensure the volunteers are a good match for the organizations, it is best to research the nonprofits. Below are two directories for many local nonprofits:

Enrichment opportunities and afterschool programs

Peer to Peer program-The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington

Tutoring, Buddy:1st-11th, Helper:9th-12th
Fall 2020: 9/21-1/22/2021, Online(Google-Hangout)
Buddy-$100, Helper-No fee.
FCCGW’s Peer to Peer Program is a self-developed student helping student program that is made for all participants. A buddy is named for a student who receives help for academic improvement from a helper who is qualified by their high-grade achievement. This relation is a bidirectional helping system because many helper students will develop leadership skills and understanding other people. When a helper achieves our minimum standard, he/she will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award., 703-761-2225

Fall Rising Women program-Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA of Central Maryland, hosts their Virtual Fall Rising Women program for high school female students, grades 9th-12th. Application deadline, September 15th 2020. Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs
Students learn general concepts of entrepreneurship and build a company for 14-16 weeks.;

After School Cheerleading-Supersquads, Inc.

Starts the week of 9/29-10/2, K-5
Fall 2020 practices will be virtual unless schools reopen.Teams practice right after school once a week until Winter Break. Learn cheers, dances, and more. Register at . Team registration is available for all students from all elementary schools.
Please see for team schedules.
Cost varies by number of practice days. Terri Curley, or 410-796-2244.

Virtual and Outdoor Programming-Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Girl Scouts is inviting girls K-12 to join a troop or take advantage of virtual programming and outdoor programming.
Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs. Continuous, Via Zoom, indoor and outdoor meetings. Cost $38.00 Contact Tiesha Holliday or call 410-358-9711

Fall 2020 Program-Girls on the Run Central Maryland

Girls on the Run Fall 2020 Program Registration is OPEN. In-person AND all-virtual team options available. Visit website for information and opportunities. Registration opens August 23 at noon. Season begins, September 20 lasting 8 weeks through November 15.

Heart & Sole-Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, Inc.

Registration is now open, season starts 9/20/20 for Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole teams. Socially-distanced in-person teams and all-virtual teams are being offered. See locations at In-Person, $150/8 weeks and Virtual, $125/8 weeks. Financial assistance available. For more information and to register, visit

Environmental Experiences – Howard County Conservancy

Join the Conservancy for our signature environmental education programs this Fall. All programs will be held outdoors following physical distancing guidelines. All programs are free; advance registration is required. Find details and register at

Robinson Nature Center In-Person and Virtual Programs

Beginning in September, Robinson Nature Center will offer a new slate of fall programs designed to accommodate virtual learning. From Kids Wednesdays Out at the Nature Center to Take Nature Home program kits, children ages 4-12 will have opportunities to access one-of-a-kind educational experiences from Robinson’s staff of environmental educators. For additional info, visit

Leadership Opportunity for Teens

The HopeWorks Youth Leadership Project is a service-learning program dedicated to empowering teens to challenge systems of oppression and prevent relationship violence in their community. This project creates a space for students to grow in understanding themselves and the world. Facilitating self-care and social justice projects, youth leaders engage in frank discussions, raise their social consciousness and participate in creative projects and activism.

Open to teens ages 13-18 of all genders, backgrounds, and identities! Due to COVID-19, Youth Leadership Project 2020/2021 will be conducted virtually. Application Deadline: October 1, 2020. For more information & to apply visit: Youth Leadership Project.

Leadership & Empowerment Camp-Amazing Futures Foundation

After-school $144/6 classes Nancy Sheain,, 410-707-6288.

Open House/Registration Day- Misako Dance Studios

Misako Dance Studios are hosting their annual Open House/Registration Day to kick off the start of the fall session on September 8. The event is FREE but you must register to attend. Only 1 adult per household can attend to limit congregation. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate. Every child who registers for a dance class during the Open House will get their registration fee waived. This is a great time to check out our studios and meet some of our staff. As a bonus, Misako Ballet Company professional dancers will perform a few ballet pieces for your enjoyment. Please view our health and safety guidelines before attending. Guests are limited to 10-15 persons at a time so you must register to attend. Classes-Monday August 24th at Misako Beats studio from 5 pm- 7 pm & Saturday August 29th at Misako Ballet Studio from 12 noon – 2 pm.For questions or for more information, please contact us at 410.884.9690 or at;

St. Louis Concert Series-St. Louis Church

The St. Louis Church Concert Series has named Colleen Daly Eberhardt as artistic director as it starts its 15th season of classical and pops music. Opening Concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike Clarksville, MD.
$25 for online reservations for fund-raiser; donations are requested for this opening event.

Howard County Library Online Classes

HCLS offers different ways to learn for students who learn in different ways. Use your A+ Student Account to access the following via

On-demand classes: Study on your own schedule in these classes, video tutorials, webinars, and self-paced courses for all ages. Take test prep classes, learn to play an instrument, learn a language, and more at
Virtual classes: Interact with instructors in a variety of subjects for PreK, K-5, middle school, and high school. Find classes at

Audience: All

(Note: Some classes require the entry of library card by logging in to the Howard County Library System website with your library card and PIN. Parents/guardians without a current HCLS library card may request one online.)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Learn Outside, Learn at Home

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation presents new interactive and social resources to keep teachers, parents, and students connected to the Bay and the watershed from your own backyard, porch, or park. Visit Learn Outside, Learn at Home.

Columbia Association Free Fitness Videos

Free fitness videos available to get or stay in shape sponsored by the Columbia Association.


Howard County Recreation and Parks is offering versions of some of its popular classes and programs online. Check out for a full list.

Howard Community College – Kids on Campus
This fall, Kids on Campus has new scholastic and enrichment courses for your child, including languages, STEM, and test prep. Class start dates are throughout September and October and are designed for elementary, middle, and high school students. Register your student today:

Other community announcements

JA BizTown Adventures-Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, JA BizTown Adventures is an engaging and relevant virtual learning resource available at no cost to you. JA BizTown Adventures is adaptable for in-class, in-home or remote learning for educators or caregivers of students in 4 – 6 grade. This experience allows students to gain an understanding of running a business as they take on five different job roles: CEO, CFO, Marketing Director, Sales Manager, and Consumer, in a self-guided online adventure. Students will practice problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking, as well as learn about saving and spending. 4th-6th grades. Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs.

NSBE Jr Chapter-Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

Howard County NSBE Jr Chapter (HoCo NSBE Jr)/Next Generation Leadership Academy ( is a non-profit organization through LEAPForward, provides targeted programming to students grades 5-12 regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.
We utilize “Project Based Learning” and Emotional Intelligence Training, Program Competitions. Meetings are held on various dates and times below:

For more information, email

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.

Maryland STEM Festival

Maryland STEM Festival holds hundreds of events every October, this year it will be all virtual! October 2020 Free