Eventful Summer Winds Down

Gamber 9-year-old Reluctantly Gets Ready For Fourth Grade

Going Back To School

August 28, 1991|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing writer

GAMBER — Still aglow from a full summer of activities, Greg Putman has very little to say when the conversation shifts to the coming school year.

Although Greg, 9, readily will tell you that his favorite subjectsare still lunchtime and recess, the soon-to-be Mechanicsville Elementary fourth-grader gives in to other subjects after being

coaxed by his parents, Rick and Pam Putman of Gamber.

"Oh comeon Greg, you know that you like math," Pam said. "You did really well working on your math this summer."

Sitting next to his father across the room, Greg listens to his mother and then agrees that not only is math OK, but reading is tolerable, too.

"I do like math and I like reading, too," he said. "I think I like reading because last year there were a lot of days we didn't have it like when it would snow or because of something special."

Like most parents, the Putmansare aware that the thought of school during the last weeks of summervacation is not foremost on the minds of either Greg or his 11-year-old brother, Grant.

Both boys still are caught up in what was an eventful summer filled with a number of firsts, such as baseball card collecting, swimming and, most recently, the beginning of football practice.

"The boys just started collecting baseball cards over the last year and it has really become quite popular," Pam said.

At the mention of baseball cards, Greg quickly retrieves his cards from his bedroom and describes his nascent collection.

"I just started collecting baseball cards this past year and so far I have about 1,000," Greg said while flipping through a photo album filled with cards. "I have 126 Nolan Ryan cards. He is my favorite. I spend a lot of my free time collecting cards or begging my mom to take us to Tighes or Marty's (baseball card stores)."

The recent interest in baseball card collecting has Greg's father thinking about an upcoming trip to Memorial Stadium in Baltimore to see the Orioles play.

"These guys are planning on taking all their Oriole cards with them to get signatures," Rick said. "I'm sure there are quite a few they have that no longer play for the team. It will be interesting to see how they make out."

In addition to collecting and trading baseball cards throughout the summer, Greg and Grant participated on the swim team at Freedom Swim Club for the first time.

Displaying his trophy for "most spirited swimmer," Greg proudly told how he earned his prize.

"I gotthis spirit award the first week of swim team for working on all my strokes. My brother and I both won this big trophy for being the mostspirited on the whole swim team," he said as he pulled a larger trophy from one of two cases that holds the boys numerous athletic awards.

Now Greg is preparing for his first year of football in the Mountain Valley Youth Football League, where he will play for the Gamber-Smallwood Optimist Club Mustangs in the Pony Division.

While Pam has provided him with additional equipment, like rib pads and a neck roll, Greg is more than happy to point out that much of his original uniform from the Optimist Club is brand new.

Emptying the contents of a large garbage bag onto the floor, Greg names each piece of equipment with great enthusiasm.

"These black shoulder pads are new andmy helmet is new," he said. "When I put it on, it's really tight. I have a hard time getting it off.

"I just started football a week ago. I think it's pretty neat. I want to be the center. My coach said that's probably what I'll play since I'm one of the biggest kids on the team."

When all the talk of school, baseball cards, swimming and football had come to an end, Greg and his brother sat contentedly, playing with a few of Greg's collection of hermit crabs.

"They're into hermit crabs," said Pam. "Greg has a hamster and they like to collect frogs and crickets."

As Greg plays with his furry friend, Harry, which he bought while spending a day at King's Dominion amusement park earlier in the summer, the conversation turns once again to the upcoming school year.

More serious this time, Greg is not reallysure what to expect.

"I get a little nervous right before school starts because I wonder who my teacher will be," he said. "Basically,I like school. I like going back and seeing my friends."


New teachers

Marjorie S. Ader

Jeffrey L. Alisaukas

Michele L. Arbaugh

Suzanne S. Bavir

Mindi D. Bauerlein

Jon D. Baugher

Elizabeth A. Berry

Lynette S. Blacksten

Amanda W. Bodden

Drista R. Bowser

Sarah B. Brown

Valerie A. Brown

Joyce M. Burrows

Merryn E. Cantrill

Scott A. Carter

Rebecca D. Davis

Barbara B. Deitch

Danielle DelMauro

David A. Dodson

Jennifer M. Dorr

Cynthia L. Foltz

Gary E. Foote

John M. Forsyth

James C. Foster

Karen G. Frey

Lana S. Furbay

Melanie L. Gonsman

Donald A. Gordon

Mary J. Gouker

Bonnie L. Grauch

Elizabeth G. Griffith

Nancy D. Grossnickle

Marianne E. Hazel

Beth A. Hoeck

Ann S. Horner

Daniel J. Irwin

Carol E. Kitzmiller

Rhonda J. Lapp

Diana L. Latane

Kathleen E. Little

Katherine J. Luzier

Bonnie R. Madonna

Kerry L.Markert

Wanda R. McNeave

Tracie L. Myers

Sally A. Myler

Jane E. Owsianiecki

Bridget J. Owings

Joan K. Parron

Robert A. Pennington

June M. Praet

Timothy R. Pyle

Charles D. Rabinovitz

Carol B. Reightler

Paul J. Rhule

Regina R. Richardson

Teresa J. Ritzmann

James A. Rodriguez

Karin L. Rowland

Richard M. Salkin

Paula J. Sandridge

Carroll O. Seiler

Alice M. Smith

Patricia C. Sparti

Karin Stein

Valerie A. Thames

Maria H. Van Noord

Joseph G. Walter

Ronna J. Weaver

Jacqueline A. Windsor

Ruth B. Wormell

Marjorie E. Worrell

Matthew Zimmerman

Deborah J. Zukowski

Returning teachers

Carla M. Bell

Susan R. Coldren

Janet M. Cole

Maureen A. Dincher

Linda C. Katsikas

Clare E. Linfield

Karen C. Rogers

Jeane T. Shiflett

Amy M. Smith

Tracie L. Sturgill

SOURCE: Board of Education

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