The children at Odenton Elementary School enjoyed a special treat last Thursday. Wang Chuan Wen, a middle school teacher from Tianjin, China, held an assembly for the entire school.
Wang showed the children and staff the art of Chinese brush-painting. He also talked aboutlife in his home town and answered questions from students.
Now, if you are wondering how a middle school teacher from China ends up at Odenton Elementary . . . well, the story goes like this:
In 1988, three American art teachers were attending a conference inChina and met Wang while he was painting portraits near the Great Wall.
The teachers invited him to lunch to meet the entire group, who were so impressed with his talents that they decided to become his sponsor for a tour of America.
In return for the teachers' collecting all the money for his trip, he agreed to lecture at different universities and teacher conferences.
Norma Galinn, the art teacher at Odenton, met Wang at a brush-painting class during a teachers' conference and asked if he could spend the day at Odenton Elementary.
In addition to the assembly, Wang was in the art room the entire day,demonstrating brush painting with his special paints, brushes and rice paper.
The Waugh Chapel Parents Association is inviting past and present students and parents to say goodbye to retiring Principal Robert Masters.
A reception is scheduled for 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.tomorrow at Waugh Chapel Elementary. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the school at 674-7663.
The Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church, on Route 175 in Odenton, will displaya live Nativity scene at 7 p.m., Dec. 22-23, and 5, 8 and 10 p.m., Dec. 24. The Dec. 22 performance includes a Christmas pageant and caroling. Each scene lasts one hour.
For more information, call the church office at 674-2272 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives Club's monthly luncheon is set for 11 a.m., Jan. 7, at the Fort Meade Officers Club. Square dancers -- "The Westernaires," with Jim Prouty -- will be featured.
Reservations arerequired and can be made by calling Mae Hudson at 720-1085 by 4 p.m., Jan. 2. The cost is $7 per person.
Sunday school will be coming to the Presbyterian Church in Odenton Feb. 2. This program will be for all ages. If you are interested in teaching, call the Rev. TimStern at 674-6400.
Participating in sports in high school isvery rewarding, but sometimes maintaining a high grade-point averageat the same time can be hard. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association sponsors a "Minds in Motion" Award, which is given each marking period to those student/athletes who maintain a grade-point average of 3.25 or better. In addition, Arundel Senior High School awards Student/Athlete Certificates to those students earning a 3.0 while a member of an athletic team.
Of the 274 students participating in fall sports at Arundel, 131 were awarded Mind in Motion orStudent Athlete Awards -- 48 percent. Thirteen of these students maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. They were: ninth-grader Patrick Farr; 10th-graders Anthony Costanzo, Steven Kane, Joana Moreira and Jolyn Newhard; 11th-graders Traci Koenig, Jonathan Nichols and Matthew Salal; seniors Tara Beauchemin, Michelle Harrison, Jesse James, Kimberly Lewisand Lisa Roberts.
The Odenton Heritage Society Inc. is a non-profit educational corporation whose members are working toward having a museum in which to preserve the history of the community. Membership renewals are due Jan. 1; membership is open to anyone interestedin the preservation of the history of the Odenton area.
Membership numbers are indicators of community interest, and community interest may assist the ability to qualify for grants. Memberships cost $10 for an individual, $15 for a husband and wife, $25 to $100 for a donor membership, $250 for a patron member and $500 for a benefactor.
Becoming a patron member includes two tickets to the group's social activity; becoming a benefactor includes four tickets to the social activity.
The society meets every month, with alternating day and evening meetings. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m., Jan. 29, at the Odenton Library. Each meeting consists of a brief business meeting followed by a guest speaker.
For more information or to become a member, send a tax-deductible contribution to the Odenton Heritage Society, Inc., P.O. Box 282, Odenton 21113.
The O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton is offering a new Anne Arundel Community College course, "Religions of the World," taught by Robert O'Brien of Severna Park. This 10-week course will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday,beginning Jan. 7.
The course will review the major religions of the world from the perspective of their role in the quest for life's meaning and the development of different world cultures. Registrationsare being accepted at the center on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call Director Ann Marie Remillard at 222-6227 or 621-9515.