Glenelg's Alan Kramer to be made Eagle Scout on his birthday WEST COUNTY -- Clarksville * Highland * Glenelg * Lisbon

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December 10, 1992|By SALLY BUCKLER

We all have fantasies about a perfect birthday. Sometime they even come true.

Alan Kramer, a Glenelg High School junior, may be experiencing one of those dream come true birthdays this year. Alan will be 17 on Dec. 18. That's also the day he'll be awarded Boy Scouting's highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, a goal he's had since sixth grade.

Surrounded by friends and family, he'll have his Court of Honor at 7:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood. Steve Kight, his first scoutmaster, who helped him get started in Boy Scouts, will attend.

Friends from the Glenelg High School track and cross country teams, who helped with his project, will also help him celebrate. Alan is the first member of the congregation at Shepherd of the Glen to receive the rank of Eagle Scout.

Alan completed 33 merit badges and was senior patrol leader of his troop for 4 1/2 years. For his project, which was a real test of his leadership, he reopened a 1 1/4 -mile nature trail on the Montgomery County side of the Triadelphia Reservoir. He worked with 28 volunteers over three weekends to complete the project.

Scoutmaster Ron Ford says Alan is "an excellent young man and a real role model for the younger boys."

In addition to scouts, Alan has been an active member of the track and cross-country teams at Glenelg for four years. Roger Volrath is his coach and physics teacher.

Mr. Volrath is very involved with the scouting program and has inspired Alan.

Alan trains six days each week all year and still manages to maintain an average of over 3.6 in a very demanding curriculum at school. He is the author of the captivating book, "How to Make Chemical Volcanoes and Other Mysterious Experiments," which he began writing as a fifth-grader at Bushy Park Elementary School.

It was published when he attended Glenwood Middle School.

Alan's very proud parents are Fulton and Carole Kramer of Cooksville. Alan has one year left as a Boy Scout. Then he will serve as an adult leader. He plans to attend college to study environmental engineering next year.

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At Clarksville Middle School, they've defined friendship in a new way: it's what happens when you pair an amicable group of senior citizens with an enthusiastic group of special kids. Once a month the seniors go to the school to do activities with the children, and some even stay for lunch. It's an enjoyable time for all, and it's most definitely something the kids look forward to. Wednesday the seniors and their young friends will make gingerbread houses together.

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The eighth-graders at Clarksville Middle have a busy month. In addition to their regular school activities and those that come up because of the winter holidays, they will listen to Joan Barta, an engaging speaker, who will teach them about the Revolutionary War period on Dec. 18.

Her talk is entitled "Flying Camp," and she will show them Revolutionary War artifacts and period costumes. She'll also talk about the lifestyles of this time and the role of women in the Revolutionary War. The generous Cultural Arts Committee of the Clarksville Middle School PTA paid for all this.

On Monday and Tuesday, the students will be treated to panel discussions by professionals during the career fair in the media center. They'll hear from many different professionals, including

airline pilots and computer specialists. Then they can dream about what they want to be.

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Since it's the holiday season, Clarksville Middle has invited speakers to talk about their cultures to the eighth grade. There will be talks about India, Kwanza and Jewish holidays. Isn't it wonderful that so many cultures celebrate some sort of festival at this darkest time of year?

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Have you ever heard of the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Book Award? Well, it's a very special award, because kids judge the books. This year any student at Clarksville Middle School may join the program. They must read three of the 12 nominees for best book, and then vote for their favorite at the end of February. The votes from Clarksville will be tallied with the votes from the other participating schools in the state, and the winner will be named the best book and receive the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Book Award. The 12 nominated books are in the media center at the school, and each is marked with -- you guessed it -- a black eyed Susan.

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All the schools in our area are continuing to collect cash register tapes from Giant Food, Safeway and George's. The schools really need the support of the community, because school budgets for computer hardware and other essential school equipment are almost nonexistent. In order for school children to have the full benefit of a comprehensive education, schools need to acquire materials in any way they can. Your cash register tapes are like gold to our schools. They will all happily accept your tapes in the mail, so please save those important little pieces of paper, and give them to the school of your choice.

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