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• Webb School of Knoxville’s Lower School, kindergarten through fifth grade, will host an Admissions Open House, 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 in the Lower School Commons on the Webb School campus. Interested parents are invited to learn about education and admissions at Webb from Webb School President Scott Hutchinson and Lower School Director, Angie Crabtree. To RSVP, contact Deborah Gross, 865-291-3864.

• Maryville College is hosting its annual Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m., Thursday., Dec. 10, in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Although presented by Maryville College financial aid staff, this is a general information session to help prospective students and parents, regardless of the type of college they are considering. Terminologies, student eligibility, timelines and information on grants and loans will be explained. From institutional aid to state and federal aid programs, this financial aid primer will help decipher the terms, raise the issues, review best approaches and answer financial aid questions. The Tennessee HOPE Lottery Program will also be covered in depth.

• Girl Scouts ask you to share a book and change a child’s life through Reading Rocks 2009. Story time is one of the most precious times a parent and child can spend together. Join Girl Scouts at a collection celebration from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 5, at Carpe Librum Booksellers, 5113 Kingston Pk. Help Girl Scouts fill a humvee with books for the U.S. Marines to distribute to the children of East Tennessee through their Toys for Tots program. You’ll also enjoy storytelling, sing-a-longs and refreshments. All Girl Scouts will receive a 20 percent discount on select merchandise from Carpe Librum Booksellers during the celebration. You may also drop off books now through the celebration at Carpe Librum Booksellers or the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians Service Center, 1567 Downtown West Blvd., Knoxville.

• Roane State Community College Support Staff Council has set the date for its 17th annual Craft Fair and is seeking vendors. Fair will be held at the Roane County campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. To receive a registration form, contact Jeana Bradley at 865-882-4507 or at

• U.S. Cellular is inviting communities to rally around their favorite school to share $1 million. Ten schools across the country with the most votes will each win $100,000 to use in any way they want in the company’s Calling All Communities campaign. Between now and Jan. 15, 2010, anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to receive a code to vote online for their favorite school. Schools of all sizes, public, private, urban and rural, K-12 have a chance to become a Calling All Communities champion. The campaign returns at a time when school districts across the country are feeling a greater budget

pinch in a slowing economy. According to the American Association of School Administrators, the percentage of schools cutting extracurricular activities almost tripled from 10 percent in 2008-09 to 28 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.

• Pellissippi State makes veterans’ education more accessible and affordable. The number of veterans enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College this semester is up 15 percent from spring and 20 percent from last fall, fall, and the institution has put in place a number of resources to make their experience a success. In anticipation of the increase — which stems in part from changes in benefits in the GI Bill — the college convened a work group to study services provided to veterans and learn how to better coordinate programs for students in, and discharged from, the military. Pellissippi State is also one of four Tennessee community colleges participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For more info, contact Shastid, 865-694-6472 or

• Oak Ridge Associated Universities has contributed $25,000 more to Roane State Community College’s effort to expand its Oak Ridge campus. ORAU also gave the college $25,000 in September 2008.

• Students who have already registered at Roane State arereminded to pay fees by Dec. 9. Registration for Roane State Community College’s spring semester is under way. For more information about registering for classes, call 865-882-4526 or register online at Spring classes begin Jan. 14. For students who register on or before Dec. 9, fees for spring semester courses are due on or before Dec. 9 to avoid deletion of class schedules. Students can pay their fees online at


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