Many graduations will be taking place this month and next. However, not very many will have a Yankee Doodle patriotic theme like the one taking place Friday at the St. John's Cooperative Nursery School in Linthicum.
Sixty-seven 4-year-old graduates will receive their diplomas from the Rev. William Gilroy, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, sponsor of the nursery. He will be assisted by volunteers at the school, Eadie Leach and Adeline Bradshaw.
Leach will give a short graduation address to the children. Bradshaw is providing the piano musical accompaniment for the day's events. Both are members of St. John's Church.
The children have been especially aware of patriotism this year and were very enthusiastic about demonstrating some.
One girl, Elizabeth Smith, had a special interest, as graduation day happens to be the anniversary of her arrival at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where she met her adoptive parents.
Jane Soverns, director of the nursery school, saidElizabeth so wanted to be chosen as one of the flag-carriers that she wore red, white and blue to school every day after finding out the graduation theme.
On Friday each child will wear the traditional mortarboard in either blue or red with contrasting tassel and dress inclothes that include red, white or blue. The boys have planned a dance routine and will sing "Yankee Doodle Dandy" as a group. The girls will do a ribbon-marching routine to "Stars & Stripes Forever."
St. John's will repeat the ceremony for each of the four classes graduating, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and again at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Each class will have some children dressed as Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty, Flag Holders and Snoopy, the nursery's mascot.
Uncle Sam will be portrayed by Alden Bradstock, Justin Ports, Ryan Dupaya and Jonathan Klein.
Four little ladies will dress as the Statue of Liberty: Amber Criss, Tiffany Sheckels, Jessica Leuschner and Sherri Turk.
Elizabeth Smith, Greg Tyzack, Randi Edwards and Holly Deutsch will be the flag-holders.
Christopher Kirby, Joey Stanley, Jeff Kelly and Justin Kennedy will wear in Snoopy costumes.
In addition, each of the four classes has something special planned that is different from the others.
In Jane Soverns' 9:30 a.m. class, Chrissy Hechmer and Megan Brodie will perform special marching drills in costume.
In the 11 a.m. class, teacher Sheryl Shewbridge will have Little Miss Yankee Doodle, Sarah Kane, sing the Pledge of Allegiance.
Barbara Bernheimer, teacher for the 12:30 p.m. class, is having Alissa Nagle and Alexis Schaefer sing a duet, "It's a Small World."
In Jane Soverns' 2p.m. class, Kelly Martini and Cori Proctor will entertain with a dance to "Somewhere Out There" from the movie "American Tale." Cindy Kociolek will perform a special patriotic dance routine.
Each group will end its ceremony with a grand finale, the children waving U.S. flags and singing "There Are Many Flags in Many Lands."
The Statue of Liberty will be on stage at this time.
This will be the 23rd consecutive year that the St. John's Cooperative Nursery School has conducted graduation ceremonies for 4-year-olds.
Parents and grandparents are invited.
A little "old time" entertainment will be added to the Linthicum Elementary School's Annual Ice Cream Social thisyear. The social gathering will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31,at the school, 101School Lane at Camp Meade Road.
Students, families, friends and neighbors in the community are invited to attend. There is no admission charge.
If you would like to be a part of the entertainment and contribute 15 to 20 minutes, please call Dawn Perrone at 234-3452 or 859-5449 after 6 p.m.
If you have any ideas -- or juggle, do mime, play the banjo or have another talent that would be appropriate -- Perrone would like to hear from you.
Hot dogs, drinks and ice cream cones and sundaes will be available for a nominal fee. A help-yourself toppings table will let you create your own special sundae.
Linthicum Elementary School had two first-place winners in the recent Anne Arundel County Science Fair at Shipley's Choice Elementary School on May 3.
Marjorie Shipley won first-place for grades three and four in the behavior and social science categoryfor her project, "Biological Rhythms and Peak Performance." Marjorie, is a fourth-grader and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Shipley.
Wendy Slicher placed first in the chemistry category for grades five and six. Her project was titled, "Is Cabbage Water Accurate?" Wendy is in the fifth grade and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Slicher.
Congratulations to both girls.
The Woodlawn Heights Community Association meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the lower room in the Senior Citizens building, 7205 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd., Ferndale.
A representative from the Maryland Transit Authority has beenengaged to explain and answer questions about the light rail spur that could develop within the Woodlawn Heights Community in the near future.