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Dulaney student's poem helps build a worldwide bridge

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11:39 AM EDT, May 10, 2013

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Recently, a poem by Dulaney High School senior Minwei Cao was selected to be included in the "Building Bridges to Celebrate our Global Village" anthology. A student competition to write essays and poems about cultural diversity for the anthology was sponsored by World Artists Experiences, a nonprofit group that promotes worldwide mutual understanding and cross-cultural interaction. The title of Minwei's poem was "Please Do Not Misunderstand." In it, she writes of the need to strive for a universal language free of hate and prejudice "that will roll off the tongue like water/ smooth and soft/ lovely and peaceful."

Along with other students whose work was chosen for the anthology, Minwie was given a copy of it at a gathering at the embassy of the Republic of China on April 23 in Washington, D.C. A copy also was provided for Dulaney High. Minwei, who will attend Williams College in the fall and plans to major in biology and economics, is a Merit Scholar. She moved from Iowa to Maryland in her sophomore year and has been on the Dulaney badminton team for three years. Minwei is the current president for Dulaney's Chinese Club and History Club, and she is the parliamentarian for Math Club.

On May 1, two classes from Dulaney High School's, Accounting and AVID 11, under business teacher Michael Reinsel, won certificates for their completion of Everfi, an online course teaching students financial literacy by Columbia Bank and the Everfi Group.

Camp Me Too! An overnight bereavement camp for children 8-15 sponsored by The Counseling Center at Stella Maris takes place May 31-June 2 at Camp Pu'Tok in Monkton. For information, contact Doreen Horan, manager of bereavement services, at 410-252-4500, ext. 7291.The camp is designed to help grieving children learn ways to explore their grief through innovative techniques. For detailscall the Counseling Center at Stella Maris at 410-252-4500 Ext. 7291.

The Cool Kids Campaign is looking for volunteers of all ages to assist with the Cool Kids Campaign Running Festival on Sunday, June 2 at Goucher College. All volunteers get a free T-shirt and a free bib to the 5k or 1-mile fun run. Families with younger kids are given preference to work at water stops (it helps keeps the kids engaged in an activity). If you would have fun making signs and personalizing their stops – go for it! For information, contact the campaign by calling Kristan at 410 560-1770 or emailing runningfestival@coolkidscampaign.org

The Cockeysville Optimist Club, which has sponsored great activities such as an Easter egg huntand motorcycle races, is actively looking for new members. All activities are done by the club members and other volunteers. The club is open to adults and the dinner meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month at the upstairs Social Hall of the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company starting at 6:30 p.m. Membership dues ($25 per year) are waived for the first year. Prospective members can go directly to the meeting (the dinner will be free to them) or contact the club at cstchemist@aol.com.

Just a reminder that the school year for Baltimore County's public school students will end on Friday, June 14, instead of June 18. The original schedule for the school year called for high schools to close early on the last three days of school. This schedule has now been altered so that all students – including high school students – will receive full days of instruction during the final days of the school year. .