We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Let's remember to help those people less fortunate than ourselves during this holiday.
Belle Grove Elementary news: It wasn't easy, but the judges selected a bunch of winners in the Halloween Parade costume contest. Michele Potter, Amanda Blevins, Shannon Bonds, Amy Haring, Jennifer Farren, Shannon Lhamon and Lindsay Connor won for the prettiest costumes. Kristen Harwell, Victor Oats, Bryan Caperoon, Josh Turek, Heather Lhamon, Chris Schlauch and Frannie Club had the funniest costumes.
Chris Sank, Jason Lhamon, Erica Kirby, Mat Critchfield, Gary Downey, Jason Gavigan, Robert Butler and Alex Persighin were honored for having the scariest costumes. And Mat Soldati, Stephanie Herb, William Miller, Freddie Lloyd, Stacey Atwell, Shannon Herb, Chester Sadowski and Stephen Hennessey won for most original costume.
Individual student pictures -- for those who were absent or not satisfied with those already taken -- are set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Students having their pictures re-taken are asked to bring their original pictures to school with them that day.
The PTA Membership Drive is over. Afternoon kindergarten, with 100 percent, had the highest membership participation and will receive a $15 cash award. Second place went to Janet Stowe's second-grade class, with 75 percent participation. A $10 cash award will be presented to them. Carol Holt's third-grade class won third place with 55 percent participation and will receive $5.
The fall fund-raiser is over. Orders are in and can be picked up at the school. The afternoon kindergarten was the top-selling class and will receive a pizza party as a prize. The top individual seller was Robert Kroedel, who will receive a 15-speed bicycle.
Brooklyn Park Elementary news: Students in kindergarten will be busy fixing a Thanksgiving dinner to served to their parents tomorrow. The menu consists of beef stew, roast chicken with stuffing and pumpkin cookies for dessert. The children will entertain their parents by singing Thanksgiving songs.
First-graders presented their Thanksgiving program to a crowded PTA meeting Tuesday evening and repeated their performance for students the next morning. Dressed as Pilgrims, Indians and turkeys, the students recited poems, asked riddles, performed a skit and sang the popular Thanksgiving song, "Over the River and Through the Woods." First-grade teachers Nancy Knox and Lydia Brown did an outstanding job preparing the children for their wonderful performance.
Fourth-grade students will be presenting a Thanksgiving play at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Parents are welcome to come.
Also on Wednesday, the first cultural arts program of the year will be presented. The production, by The Maryland Hall Story Theater, is titled "That's What the Indians Say." The program will help increase student awareness of the Indians' relationship with the world. Program times are 9:20 and 10:20 a.m. Parents of afternoon kindergarten students are encouraged to attend the program with their children.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle-Junior High news: Report cards will be distributed Wednesday.
Volunteers have been working hard to help organize the school. The Media Center is nearly ready for full use, the health room is covered daily and the PTA and CAC Boards have been filled. Teachers will be contacting those parents who have volunteered for various other curriculum areas.
Volunteers are needed to substitute in the Health Room from 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 2 p.m. any day of the week. If interested, please call the school at 789-8500 and talk to Assistant Principal Judy White.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 738, from Brooklyn Park Elementary, will be writing Christmas cards and letters to the servicemen and women in Saudi Arabia tonight. The girls hope the men and women will answer their letters so that they can continue to write.
Girl Scout Cookies are being sold. Look for them at community shopping centers and events. If you know any Girl Scouts in your community, contact them.
Thanksgiving church services: A community service, sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay, will be offered at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday at the Brooklyn Park United Brethren in Christ Church, 201 Hilltop Road. Area churches will participate in this service of prayer and song.
In closing, we would like to leave you with a poem about the first Thanksgiving:
Peace and Mercy and Jonathan, And Patience (very small)
Stood by the table giving thanks
The first Thanksgiving of all.
There was very little for them to eat,
Nothing special and nothing sweet;
Only bread and a little broth,
And a bit of fruit (and no tablecloth);
But Peace and Mercy and Jonathan And Patience, in a row,
Stood up and asked a blessing on Thanksgiving, long ago.
Thankful they were their ship had come safely across the sea;
Thankful they were for hearth and home,
And Kin and company;
They were glad of broth to go with their bread,
Glad their apples were round and red,
Glad of mayflowers they would bring
Out of the woods again next spring.
So Peace and Mercy and Jonathan, And Patience (very small),
Stood up gratefully giving thanks
The first Thanksgiving of all.