Are you an editorial cartoonist? The New York Times has a challenge for you

The New York Times, in collaboration with Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, is challenging students, ages 13 to 19, to create original editorial cartoons, based on stories covered by the Times. The deadline for entries is Oct. 20, 2015. Winning entries will be displayed on For more information, including a video offering helpful tips, please visit click here.

Art for all: the Free Fall Baltimore needs

Every October, arts organizations open their doors to offer Baltimore area families free performances, exhibits, workshops and more to showcase all the richness of the arts in Baltimore. Free Fall Baltimore encourages families to participate. More than 300 events will take place, but some of the events may require advance reservations. Some of the organizations participating this year are the American Visionary Art Museum, Bach Concert Series, Baltimore Hoop Love, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and Charm City Fringe.

To see a complete list of activities and to see if reservations are needed, visit the events page at If you are unable to attend an event after making a reservation, contact the presenting organization and cancel so that someone else is able to attend the event.

BCPS students invited to Speak Out & Be Heard at African American Festival

Have something to say about local or national issues? Have ideas about possible solutions?

As part of this year’s Baltimore County African American Festival, students will have the floor to speak up on whatever topics interest them. The festival, which typically attracts 50,000 participants over the course of the day, will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Towson Courthouse in downtown Towson. The Speak Out & Be Heard session for students will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. and students are asked to register in advance by emailing

For more information about the festival — which will feature a keynote address from Superintendent Dallas Dance, information, entertainment, and more, please visit

Register now for the 4th Annual Baltimore Hackathon

Innovators, thinkers, makers, doers…all are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Baltimore Hackathon. Participants will have 48 hours to blend technology into a product people can wear OR to use software or hardware to solve a problem, create a product, start a business, etc. Folks can compete in teams with up to five members and prizes up to $2,000 will be awarded. High school students are welcome to participate, but they must show their school ID, and, if they are under 18, their parents must be present with them on the first evening. Registration for high school students is free. More information and a registration link are available at

The event will take place from 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. The event will be held at Digital Harbor Foundation,1045 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Apply now for Pitzer College’s Diversity Program

By Kaitlynn Hamby, intern, Department of Communications and Community Outreach

Pitzer’s Fall Diversity Program is a chance for high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the nation to experience Pitzer College’s atmosphere and to interact with Pitzer students, faculty, and staff. The program is being held on campus from Oct. 29 – 31, 2015. Pitzer College is located in Claremont, California, and the program is all-expenses-paid. The program’s attendees will stay with current students in the residence halls and will eat on-campus.

Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 18,  2015. An essay and a copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript through junior year are required. All applicants will be notified of Pitzer’s decision by Sept. 28, 2015. For more information, as well as the application and the essay prompt, visit

Oberlin College invites diverse students to visit – free of charge!

By Kaitlynn Hamby, intern, Department of Communications and Community Outreach

In its Multicultural Visit Program, Oberlin College offers selected high school seniors an all-expenses-paid trip to its campus. During the program, participants stay overnight with current students, attend classes, visit professors, and participate in admissions and financial aid workshops.

Oberlin College encourages seniors from diverse backgrounds, such as American Indian, Alaska Native, black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, to apply. They also encourage applications from low-income students and students who will be the first in their families to go to college, regardless of their cultural and/or racial background. They’re looking for high-achieving seniors who are serious about Oberlin and their education.

Applicants can apply to one of three upcoming weekend visits in the fall:

Weekend visit                    Application deadline

October 8-10, 2015            September 14, 2015

November 12-14, 2015       October 19, 2015

December 3-5, 2015           November 9, 2015

For more information, visit the Multicultural visit website at or contact Oberlin at or at 800-622-6243.

Make a commercial promoting school attendance, win a prize

September is national Attendance Awareness Month, and BCPS wants to get students involved in spreading messages about why regular school attendance is so important.

BCPS students and student groups at every grade level are invited to make commercials, no more than 60 seconds long. Commercial submissions should be sent to on or before Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Selected commercials will be shown on BCPS-TV and on the BCPS website,, beginning in October 2015.

First place prizes of $100 each, provided by the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools (from private business partners’ donations), will be awarded at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.