"Keeping the Dream Alive," this year's theme of the NAACP, is a continuing effort by the group to preserve and teach the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy. King's courageous effort to spread brotherhood, unity and love still rings true in this world today.
In conjunction with commemorating King's birthday, the community of Pumphrey and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor the third annual prayer breakfast. Breakfast will begin at8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Lloyd Keaser Center, 5757 Belle Grove Road.
The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Emmitt Burns, pastor of the Rising Sun Baptist Church. Proceeds will benefit the NAACP scholarship fund.
Tickets are $8 a person and can be obtained by calling Phil Marner at 789-4181 or Yolanda Dickerson at 636-1714. Everyone is invited to attend.
Belle Grove Elementary School news: Teachers and third- and fifth-graders are getting ready for their spring testing of reading and math skills.
Samples of reading and math problems are available for parents who would like to review the test material. Teachers will videotape math, reading and handwriting lessons so students and parents can study them at home. Students must return the tapes the following day so others can use them.
The school would like to make multiple copies of the lessons, but needs blank tapes.If you or your business could donate blank tapes, contact the schoolat 789-8777.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Kick-off for the Battle of the Books will begin at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the media center. A team of students will square off against a team of teachers for a mock battle of the real contest to come.
Children in grades kindergarten through six who want to participate in the Battle of the Books must read certain books and be able to answer questions about them. After having a contest in the school, the winners will battle other area elementary schools to see who will compete in the county championship.
All school volunteers and those who would like to start volunteering are invited to attend the "Chat and Chew" at 9:15 on Friday in the faculty lounge. This is an informal get-together for volunteers to discuss their ideas.
The school will sponsor a program titled Parenting for Success. This six-session series is dedicated to helping parents deal with academic, social and emotional concerns. This program will begin in February, and the time will be announced.
If you are interested in this program, contact Nancy Stower at 789-1881.
Park Elementary School news: In conjunction with National Reading Month, students will celebrate the month by boardingthe "Reading Train."
All students will submit to the reading teacher the names of the books they've read between Jan. 6 and 31. A compartment will be added to the train for each book read. The goal for the month is to have the train circle the cafeteria and go into the foyer. All students are encouraged to participate.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School news: Students will be taking semester exams Wednesday through Friday. All students should report to school at 10 a.m. and will be dismissed by 2:45 p.m. No lunch will be served on these days. Monday has been reserved as exam makeup day forstudents legally absent.
The school has ordered two television sets and five video-cassette recorders from the Giant "Apples for the Students" program so far and would like to obtain two more televisionsand two more VCRs. Please continue to support the school by sending in your green Giant receipts and double coupons.
The PTA executiveboard and CAC will meet at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school.
North County High School news: First-semester examinations will begin Wednesday and continue through Friday. The school will operate on aspecial delayed opening schedule. Students should report to their first-period class by 9:45 a.m. Students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. Nolunch or breakfast will be served.
Congratulations to Mike Chearney for winning first place in the individual category at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Chess Tournament at the Brooklyn Park branch library last weekend.
The Arundel Improvement Association will sponsor a Valentine's Day party from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the AIA Hall, 705 Cross St. Tickets are $7 per person and cover the cost of a hot platter, beer, setups and live music. Proceedswill help defray the cost of buses needed to take community members to Annapolis in protest of the Ballman Avenue controversy.
For tickets or more information, call Marlene Heinbuch at 789-6855 or Frances Jones at 789- 2192.
The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave. Members and county police officers will discussthe Community Crime Watch program.
Bring a neighbor and become involved in your community.
Looking for a night out of the kitchen? Why not let someone else do the cooking? Brooklyn Heights UnitedMethodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children, and children under 5 are free. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread and beverage. Dessert will be available for an extra cost.
Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling 789-3688 or purchased at the door.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 34, Belle Grove Road, is sponsoring a Valentine's Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the hall.
Tickets are $10 per person, and the price includes a platter, setups and desserts. Live music will be provided by "Main Line."
For more informationor tickets, call 752-7161 or 789-9682.
Don't forget the '50sand '60s dance at the American Legion Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Information: 789-9682.