The best teacher is experience.
Or is it that the best teachers know experience enhances learning?
Case in point: The fifth annual Europe Day at East Middle School last Wednesday found 130 eighth-grade social studies students eating Greek foods and listening to guest speakers from countries such as Sweden, France, Germany and Ukraine.
Social studies teacher Jay Zeminski masterminded the special activity to give students in his World Cultures classes a different NTC look at other countries.
"In social studies in eighth grade, we study world cultures primarily in the Eastern Hemisphere, but we also do a unit on Europe, the former Soviet Union and Africa," Mr. Zeminski said.
"I started doing Europe Day when we studied Europe so the kids could experience how real people live in other parts of the world."
Highlighting the day was a feast of Greek foods catered by Maria's Restaurant in Westminster.
Augolemeno, pastitsio, tyro-pita and baklava were just some of the Greek delectables that tantalized eighth-grade taste buds.
"It was a success. It went really smooth," Mr. Zeminski said. "I think the kids were pretty impressed. It was definitely the topic of the day. They all had interesting things to say."
Learning can be fun? You bet your baklava it can!
* Now that Thanksgiving (and that big ol' turkey) is under oubelts, it's time to get into the Christmas spirit.
Bah! Humbug! you say? Well, if you enjoy the sounds of the season and are in need of a little fa-la-la to get you in the Christmas mood, listen up.
Tonight the Carroll County General Hospital will have its first Tree of Lights Celebration at 6 p.m. in the lower-level parking lot in front of the hospital.
The public is invited to attend and enjoy this holiday event, which will include a tree-lighting ceremony and holiday music performed by the Luther Choir and Flute Ensemble from Grace (( Lutheran Church in Westminster.
Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the hospital lobby.
Gill Chamblin, CCGH public relations director, said the event is being sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary in an effort to raise funds for new construction at the hospital.
"All the proceeds from this event will go to the construction of 3 West, which is a new medical/surgical nursing unit that will specialize in cancer care. Construction of the wing is presently under way," said Mrs. Chamblin.
There is no admission fee, but individuals are asked to make a $5 contribution, which will entitle them to either honor someone who is living or to memorialize someone who has passed away.
The names of donors and honorees will be listed in a "Book of Honor," to be displayed in the lobby of the hospital until Jan. 15.
Mrs. Chamblin said many hospitals use similar events to raise funds and the Hospital Auxiliary thought it would work at CCGH.
The auxiliary thought it would be a nice way for the people in the community to honor friends, co-workers and neighbors. This is the first ever, and we hope to do it again," she said.
Tax-deductible contributions can be made through Jan. 15. Information: 857-6836.
* Are you uncomfortable about expressing your feelings, or woulyou like to feel better in social situations?
Then try the Assertiveness Training Workshop at Carroll Community College.
The workshop is sponsored by the Displaced Homemaker Program at the college and will run from 10 a.m. to noon this Wednesday and next Wednesday at the college campus, 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.
There are about 300 displaced homemakers in Carroll County.
The cost of the workshop is $5, but it is free to displaced homemakers. Information: 876-9617.