Nursery school celebrates its silver anniversary year

Neighbors/ Ferndale, Linthicum

September 08, 1992|By Rosalie M. Falter

St. John's Cooperative Nursery School began the celebration of its 25th anniversary year by launching a pirate ship onto the sand of the playground Saturday.

Several children watched with their mascot, Snoopy, as the large ship slid off the flat bed truck. One of the children was Michael Vaughan, grandson of one of the founders of the school.

The cooperative nursery school was formed in 1968 by Rev. Joseph Clark and parishioners Doug Childs and Eloise Vaughan of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church.

The church made arrangements to place the nursery in the vacant Linthicum train station. Parents and people from the Providence Day Care Center worked to clean, paint and ready the building for one class of 16 children.

After 16 years, the nursery school had to vacate the train station. Since St. Christopher's Church did not have the room, St. John's Lutheran Church agreed to adopt and sponsor the school. By moving to the educational wing of St. Johns, the nursery was able to expand to meet the needs of the community.

Today there are 121 3- and 4-year-old children enrolled in seven classes.

Jane Soverns, director of the school, has been there since the beginning. When she took the job, she expected it to be a temporary position, until they could hire a permanent teacher. A few weeks stretched into years.

"As the teacher who was hired for one month and who has never had a contract, it's hard to believe I've been doing nursery rhymes and a few other things with this school for a quarter of a century. I have loved working with the children," she said.

In addition to the dedicated director, the paid staff this year is Barbara Bernheimer, Tammy Chilpko and Pat Harding. Volunteer teachers are Adeline Bradshaw, Eadie Leach and Tim Keilley.

It is most fitting for this silver anniversary year that Karen Vaughan, mother of Michael, has been elected president of the Parents' Council.

The cooperative's purchase of the pirate ship is the first of several events planned for the eventful year. Soon the children and staff will be sporting special 25th anniversary shirts. Cultural and social activities and Snoopy Mascot Day are some of the things the children have to look forward to.

Ms. Soverns has worked very closely with her staff and parents and gives them credit for its success. "Together, we've helped the school survive, thrive, and now turn 25."


The Ferndale United Methodist Church is having a fashion show and luncheon plus a "Raise the Roof Crazy Auction," from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Rose Restaurant, 6921 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Fashions for the show will be provided by Dress Barn, Severna Park and Fashion Bug Plus, Cromwell Field Shopping Center. Items and services have been donated by area merchants and organizations for the Crazy Auction.

Since this event falls on Grandparents Day, there will be a special recognition of all grandmothers present.

Tickets for the event are $15. Lunch includes a fruit cup, chicken and tuna salad, chips, roll, sherbet, tea and coffee.

This event benefits the church's roof fund.

For information and tickets, please call the coordinators of the event, Lisa Beall, 757-1338, or Janet Tyler, 766-3942, or the church office, 761-2880, weekday mornings.

* There will be a fall kickoff meeting and ice cream social for the youth of Ferndale United Methodist Church from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday in Fellowship Hall.

All parents, youths (grades six to 12) and friends are invited.

For information, call 761-2880.


The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association invites residents to attend a fall organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the media center of Linthicum Elementary School, 101 School Lane. Meet your neighbors and enjoy some desserts.

LSIA is a vital part of the community.

Its members work diligently on issues such as light rail and the airport.

In addition, they sponsor or contribute to the following activities: the Summer Concerts at Linthicum Park series, the annual Christmas tree lighting, the Linthicum Security Patrol, tree plantings to beautify the community, pony rides at Linthicum Country Fair, the trash bins for Cleanup Days, the Welcome to Linthicum signs. They also issue rewards for vandalism and graffiti and publish a monthly newsletter.

Residents are encouraged to become members of the association. Dues of $5 per year can be paid at the meeting or by mailing to: LSIA, P.O. Box 143, Linthicum 21090.

For information, call association president Gerald Starr at 859-8026.


A tea at 10:30 a.m. today starts the new year off for the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights. The theme will be "An Herbal Tea Party," and will feature tussie mussies, fresh and dried herb arrangements and the culinary delights of herbal foods. Shirley Beck, hospitality chairwoman, is in charge of the event.

The club will also welcome the following new members: Joyce Cossentino, Cecilia Dietz, Jean Hutchinson, Vivian Krouse, Virginia Kuhn, Erma Parmentier and Alice Tabor.

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