College hosts Running Start info meetings

High school students who are considering participating in the Running Start program at Peninsula College have a chance to learn more at informational meetings in Forks, Port Angeles and Port Townsend. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

The Port Angeles meeting begins with an optional campus tour at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 on the Peninsula College campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. A presentation and panel discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Pirate Union Building Conference Room, followed by a Q&A session.

Topics at all three meetings include the challenges for co-enrolled students (high school and college), strategies for success, how college is different from high school and what parents and families can do to be supportive. Light refreshments will be offered.

For more information, call 417-6340 or toll-free, 877-452-9277x3.

Footprint group

opens 2008 scholarships

The Olympic Peninsula International Footprint Association, Chapter 47, offers scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend two- and four-year colleges, particularly those planning to study law enforcement or firefighting.

Contact Mitzi Sanders at Sequim High School, 582-3600, or Port Angeles High School, 452-7602, for application forms.

Scholarships range from $500-$1,000. Application deadline is March 17.

For more information, call 681-0533.

Clallam PUD hosts science contest

For the seventh year, Clallam County students in grades four through 12 are invited to enter the Clallam County Public Utility District "Power for the Future" science competition.

The competition, March 15 at the Coast Guard Station on Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, challenges students to design, build and test catapults to propel a plastic golf ball to hit a designated target. According to a statement sent by the PUD, the purpose of the competition is to inspire students to explore the areas of potential energy management and creative use of recycled materials.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each age group, with the categories being Best Performance, Best Use of Recycled Materials and Best of Show. The projects will be judged by local Coast Guard officers.

For more information, contact Shoshanah Wright at 565-3249.

College, garden club

offer science scholarship

Peninsula College is accepting applications for the Port Angeles Garden Club scholarships, for new and continuing students working toward a degree in a field of science related to the environment.

Successful applicants receive a $1,000 award for the 2008-09 academic year.

Applications are available from the scholarship coordinator at Port Angeles High School, 304 E. Park Ave., or at the Peninsula College Financial Aid Office, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Applications and other information are due by March 28.

First Teacher hosts

special Friday events

First Teacher classroom (Room 4W) at Sequim Community School (220 W. Alder St.) hosts several activities for youths and parents throughout the school year. Events are 10-11:30 a.m.

Events include Feb. 22, "A Clown is Born" with Peaches the Clown showing how she gets into character; and Feb. 29, Martha Standley, a day care licensor with the state Department of Early Learning, answers questions such as "How do I pick a day care?" and, "What's the difference between day care and preschool?"

For more information, call 582-3428.

Other First Teacher activities

First Teacher hosts the 0-2 group for parents of children under 2. The group meets in the First Teacher room every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Meetings include toys, activities, coffee and tea, organizers say, but is mostly a time to meet and share ideas about raising a baby.

For more information, call 582-3428.

On Thursdays in March, First Teacher hosts a brain development class (March 6, 13, 20 and 27) from 9-10:30 a.m.

Presented by Catherine Bento-Foxlee, Sequim School District preschool psychologist, the class includes child care and a light snack for both parents and children.

The First Teacher classroom is Room 4W at Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St. Call 582-3428.

Sequim Library hosts

preschool reading times

Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., sets aside an hour of reading time for parents and their preschool children from 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday.

The schedule in February includes Feb. 20, "Games & Playthings;" and Feb. 27, "Puppies & Dogs: How To Care For Them."

For more information, call 683-1161.

Preschool moms to meet

Mothers of Preschoolers is a group open to women of all ages who are expecting or have children up to 6 years old.

The group meets from 9-11:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month during the school year at Fairview Bible Church, 385 O'Brien Road. Child care is provided. For more information, call Rhonda at 452-2648.

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