Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Parents can hear about college preparation

In the schools

WALNUT HILLS - Cincinnati Public Schools' Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Parent Advisory Council is sponsoring a parent reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Ave. Parents will learn about GEAR-UP activities and how they can help support GEAR-UP in their children's schools.

A light dinner will be served, and child care is available upon request. For reservations or child care, call (513) 981-7404.

GEAR-UP, a college access program targeting middle school students, is offered at these schools: Bond Hill, Burton, Central Fairmount, Clifton, Douglass, Hays, Heberle, McKinley, Oyler, Parham, Rockdale, Rothenberg, South Avondale, Washington Park, Whittier, and East End Community Heritage School, a CPS sponsored charter school.

The local GEAR-UP partnership includes the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and CPPS.

Information: (513) 751-5437.

New driver clinics for teens and parents

The Cincinnati Teen Drivers Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation is sponsoring a continuing schedule of New Driver Car Control clinics, a hands-on, in-car accident avoidance and defensive driving skills clinic for teens and their parents.

The clinic includes a weekday evening classroom session, followed by one four-hour behind-the-wheel session on one weekend day. Students must have a learner's permit or full license. Scholarships of up to 80 percent of the $149 tuition for a teen/parent team are available through the Cincinnati Teen Drivers Fund.

Following is a schedule of upcoming clinics: Milford High School: Thursday and Saturday or Sunday; Talawanda High School: Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 or 24; Countryside YMCA, Lebanon: Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 or 31; Lakota West High School: Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 or 31; Mariemont High School: Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 or 7; Forest Hills School District: Nov. 11 and Nov. 13 or 14; Loveland High School: Nov. 18 and Nov. 20 or 21.

To register, visit www.carcontrol.com or call (800) 862-3277.

District wants voters to get a phone call

MORROW - The Little Miami School District needs volunteers for its Adopt-a-Voter program, aimed at increasing turnout on Election Day, Nov. 2.

Volunteers would call district residents and remind them to vote. A list of registered voters will be available for pickup 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Little Miami High School, 3001 E. U.S. 22/Ohio 3.

Lists can also be picked up 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 or 21 at the high school. To volunteer, call (513) 899-2264.

Monte Carlo night aids Madeira foundation

MADEIRA - The Madeira Schools Foundation will have its second annual Monte Carlo night, 7-12 p.m.Oct. 23 at Montgomery Business Men's Hall, 7777 Ted Gregory Lane.

Games include blackjack, poker, roulette, video horse racing, a reverse raffle and a Texas hold 'em tournament. Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Information and registration: Call Wayne or Pat Smith at (513) 272-0477 or visit the school's Web site under the Foundation link at www.madeiracityschools.org.

Karen Andrew and Sue Kiesewetter

E-mail school news to kandrew@enquirer.com.

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