Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is designed to help elementary school children resist peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs and alcohol. DARE uses uniformed law enforcement officersto teach a formal curriculum and gives special attention to fifth-graders, preparing them for junior high school -- where they are most likely to begin encountering pressures to use drugs.
Fifth-graders at Odenton Elementary School have just completed the 16-week program and graduated last Thursday night during a presentation for the entire community. Officer Robert K. Moore Jr. was the DARE instructor fromthe county police department.
The program included a reading of essays the students wrote and the performance of a musical play entitled, "Be Smart, Don't Start."
Directed by Odenton Elementary music teacher Carol Aleksie, the musical was a big challenge for this ambitious teacher and her students.
After the program, the children were awarded graduation certificates from Moore.
The next general membership meeting of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 atthe Odenton Volunteer Fire Hall on Route 175.
Ardeth Cade, director of Planning and Zoning for Anne Arundel County, will be the guest speaker. All residents of the Greater Odenton area are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call 923-6442.
The West Meade Elementary School Parent Teacher Association's next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the school. Fort Meade Post Commander Col. KentD. Menser will be the guest speaker.
The PTA is sponsoring a bike-helmet sale. The helmets will cost between $20 and $30 and will be sized to fit the child's head.
Also, the deadline for orders for West Meade Elementary yearbooks is Feb. 13. The books will be deliveredin June.
Baby-sitting will be available for the evening's meeting. For more information on the meeting or to order yearbooks, call theschool at 674-2241.
Students at MacArthur Middle School havebegun working on Science Fair projects.
The judging will take place Feb. 11-12, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the school cafeteria. All projects will be on display in the team-teaching area of the school the week after the judging.
For more information, call 672-3636.
Every year during the Christmas holidays, Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton displays a live Nativity scene. New to the presentation this year were wooden Nativity figures occupying the stable between live presentations.
Thefigures were traced and cut out by Lauretta Martin, Carolyn Cooper, Owen Cooper, Bernard Vanlandingham and Gene Mumper. Painting was doneby Peggy Williams, Linda Newsom, Mary Lou and Kimberly Steimer, Lonnie Eastin, Fred and Lois Bischoff, Jon Young, Mike Wirt, Jennie Mottar, Tom Simmons, Mary Mumper, Dru and Robin Simpkins and Lynn Buddle.
Coordinators for the live presentation were Bob Wirt, Addie Baldwin, Jim and Donn Mabry, Beth Turner, Joyce Kendall and Chris Wirt. Refreshments were coordinated by Fred and Lois Bischoff and the Shepherds' fire by Dave Williams. The live donkey and sheep were provided by Vieona Preston.
This has been and I'm sure will continue to be oneof the highlights of the holiday season.
The Maryland State Champion Arundel Wildcat Baseball Team will hold a Baseball Card Showfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Arundel High School, 1001 Annapolis Road (Route 175) in Gambrills. Denny Neagle, who plays for the Minnesota Twins and attended Arundel from 1984 to 1986, will be on hand to sign autographs.
Admission is $2. For more information, contactBernie Walter at 674-6500, Ext. 252.
The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold the weekly drawings of 1992 Old Farmers Almanac Raffle-Calendar at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday during February at Rick's Cafe in Odenton.
The owner of the winning calendar number will receive from $100 to $400. Numbers are eligible to winweekly through 1992.
Calendars are available for $25 at the Chamber office, 672-3422.