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Names sought for new school

St. Mary’s County public school official are asking the public to propose names for the new elementary school that will be constructed on property acquired in Leonardtown, adjacent to the Leonard’s Grant subdivision. Suggestions should be forwarded to the naming committee at: Department of Capital Planning and Green Schools, 27190 Point Lookout Road, Loveville, MD 20656. They may also be sent via email to schoolnaming@smcps.org. All names must be submitted by Dec. 5.

Employee awards given for October

St. Mary’s public schools’ Work Hard and Be Nice Award recognizes accomplishments of school system employees. The award recipients for October 2012 are Jeb Barber, Tyrone Bell, Eddie Boswell, Carol Bremm, cafeteria staff at Green Holly Elementary, Diane Carroll, Frank Clarke, Wendy Dalton, Peggy Erdolino, Nick Gagliardi, Clarence Goddard, Cheri Godfrey, Travis Guthrie, David Haun, Mary Ann Hickey, Kayla Krause, Jane Morgan, Melissa Morgan, Veronica Parsons, Ben Peterson, Beth Ramsey, Ray Sapp, Bill Sento, Lorraine Snyder, Matt Thomas, Warren Trossbach and Mary Wood.

SMECO offers scholarships

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative is offering college scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. Four high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO customers and they maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or trade school. The deadline for students to apply for college scholarships is March 1, 2013. Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and community and school involvement. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to www.smeco.coop or talk to a school counselor.

Child care subsidies available

The Maryland State Department of Education will open part of its child-care subsidy waiting list for low-income working families on Nov. 19. Child-care subsidies will be available to eligible Maryland families with a child-care need, based on income level and family size. For example, a family of three with an annual gross income of up to $15,098 is eligible. Vouchers will be issued to eligible families. Families interested can apply through their local department of social services, which can be found at www.dhr.state.md.us/county.