Since the day it opened, Crofton Meadows Elementary School has had some of the best volunteers possible. And with the help of coordinatorDawn Ives, the volunteer program runs with very little effort.
Onany given day, you will find a host of people wearing buttons that say, "I'm a Crofton Meadows volunteer." Everyone is willing to pitch in and help with whatever needs to be done.
The school is lucky, however, to have two people who go beyond the call of duty. The first is Elizabeth Walton. Those of you with children at the school probably have seen some of what Elizabeth does, without even realizing it. She is the one who photocopies newsletters and the work sheets that students do in class or for homework.
Anyone at the school will tell you that without her, the school just would not be the same. Elizabeth works full time at Dunkin' Donuts, then makes her way to school to work the rest of the day. Sometimes, she'sthe last one to leave.
So far this year, Elizabeth has volunteered well over 300 hours. What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that she doesn't even have a child at the school. When she started, her granddaughter, Jennifer Walton, was there. But she has moved onto the middle school, leaving her wonderful grandmother for the staff at Crofton Meadows.
The second volunteer extraordinaire is Maryann Wetklow. Until Friday, when a new full-time job forced her to giveup volunteering at the school, you would find her in the computer lab from the time the school bell rings in the morning to the time it dismissed classes in the afternoon, helping make the students computerliterate. When hands went up for assistance, she was right there to unlock, unscramble or help children print out their work.
Maryann's daughter, Ashley, is a first-grader who just loved having her mom working at school. Maryann put in well over 225 hours this year.
Front and center, all of you square-dance lovers. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, on Route 450 in Crofton, is having a square dance social from 8 to 11 p.m.
Jan. 24, at the church. Professional caller Steve Stephenson is sure to keep the place hopping. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 per couple or $3 per person. No experience is needed, so come out and join the fun.
For more information, call JoAnn Breitbach at 261-0470.
The Crofton Kiwanis Club will take on an international theme at its next two meetings. Tomorrow, David Perry, the son of Bob and Del. Marsha Perry, will discuss his experiences in El Salvador working at a Jesuit orphanage. He will be returning to that country to continue his work the following day.
At the Jan. 22 meeting, club member Greg Bujac,an official with the U.S. Department of State, will discuss international relations at an event to coincide with the 77th anniversary of Kiwanis International.
Meetings begin at 8 p.m. in the Kiwanis Activity room at the Crofton Country Club.
* There is still time to take a chance on the Kiwanis raffle. Club members are out selling chances for their annual dinner basket. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and may be purchased from club members, at Swallows office supply on the Village Green and at the multi-sport facility on Route 3 North.
The money raised helps support community projects.
The Association for Gifted and Talented Youth will meet tomorrow in Room SE1 at Crofton Middle School. Coffee and conversation will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by a round table discussion on "Living with the Gifted Child."
For more information on the organization or the meeting, call 721-9595 in the evening.
You still have time to sign up for one of the many classes that Parents And Children Together has to offer. PACT will have a weekly support discussion group for new and expecting parents as well as a young preschool support group. Both started meeting yesterday.
A parent discussion group focusing on babies between 8 and 18 months begins tomorrow. And if you have a 3- to 6-year-old, you may want to join the share-and-care support group that will start meeting Thursday.
For information or to join any ofthese groups, please call PACT at 721-7719.
Sue Haller-Phone: 721-4734