School's have changed. Kids write at computers, pods are replacing classrooms and creativity gets more play than rote learning.
Do you want to know more? School administrators and teachers invite parents to visit their children's schools next week during American Education Week.
All public schools are dismissed two hours early for parent-teacher conferences, but you can observe in your child's classroom before dismissal. Although you'll be welcomed any day at the schools, the preferred visitation day at elementary schools is Monday, and middle schools prefer that you visit on Tuesday.
At Glenelg Country School, parents visit classes Tuesday and Wednesday. Call your child's school for more information.
Responsible growth is a cry heard often in Howard County. If growth and rezoning are issues that concern you, you might want to attend a community meeting 7:30 p.m. today at Clarksville Elementary School. The meeting features officials from the Department of Planning and Zoning, who will discuss and hear comments on comprehensive rezoning of the Eastern county and its effects on the Western part of the county. Call 313-2350 for more information.
They're National Cheerleaders Association Superstars, and they'll march and perform Nov. 26 in Macy's 66th Thanksgiving Day Parade. Make a note to look for Glenelg High Dance and Drill Team members Kara Newsome, Jill Moore, Kathy Parrish, Heather Mitchell, Tria Pavlides, and Maggie McCall on the nationally televised broadcast on NBC, beginning at 9 a.m. The girls will be among 450 NCA Superstars selected to participate in the parade. "America on the Move" is the theme of the production number featuring the NCA Superstar Dance Team that will open the parade.
Practices have begun in earnest for the Western Howard County Youth Basketball League, and the kids are excited about the new season. The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks sponsors the league, which begins games Nov. 21. The kids play on Saturdays and Sundays through March, and the league needs officials for the boys and girls games. Officials are paid based on their experience. Anyone 16 or older with a background in basketball and officiating can sign up to serve as an official. Call Mark Pendleton at 313-5420.
Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church's Holiday Bazaar is tomorrow, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Church members will offer crafts, cookbooks, gift wrapping supplies, kitchenware, tinned foods, and lots of other goodies for sale. The crafts at this bazaar are really special and priced to please. Call (410) 442-1204.
Camilla Jacobs is chairman of the Holiday Bazaar at Bushy Park Elementary School, and she reports that the Holiday Bazaar will be more festive and interesting than ever. The Holiday Bazaar committee will send information home with the students about schedules and prices before the Bazaar, which runs Dec. 8 through Dec. 11.
K? Congratulations to Sandra French, who won a seat on the How
ard County Board of Education in the recent election! Mrs. French and her family live in West Friendship.
The Clarksville and Glenwood Lions Clubs do wonderful things for our community. Among these are their free loan closets. The loan closets are stocked with hospital beds, wheel chairs, crutches, canes and other medical equipment that you can borrow without charge. Recently the Glenwood Lions' loan closet received an electric bed and lift chair, thanks to the generosity of Rita Miller and Jennifer Bowles.
If you need equipment, call a Lions Club member. The Glenwood Lions makes donations to worthy causes regularly. The club donated excess hospital equipment to the Salvation Army and contributed generously to the victims of Hurricane Andrew and to "Roads to Recovery," a group that helps children who have life-threatening illnesses.
Chilly days give us all hearty appetites, and the Fifth District Ladies Auxiliary VFD in Clarksville is ready to satisfy yours. The ladies will have their annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Volunteer Fire Department banquet hall on Route 108. The meals costs $5 for adults, $2.50 for children, and $4.50 for carry out orders. Call Annie Cooney at (301) 854-2889.