Middle school students become partners with local businesses EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

December 29, 1992|By NATALIE HARVEY

Storer Cable of Howard County, Channel 6 and Elkridge National Bank's Oakland Mills village branch are in business partnership with Oakland Mills Middle School.

Both are contributing to the education of the students through their business endeavors. Members of the Elkridge Bank's staff have worked with the students in the classroom explaining the mathematics involved in day to day personal and business financial transactions.

The next banking venture will be establishing a school bank branch where students can open personal savings accounts with bi-monthly deposits and experience being customers and managers.

Storer Cable's staff worked as consultants with the students, media specialist Donna Crofton and Gifted/Talented Resource teacher, Sue Ellen MacDonald, to build and equip the mini-studio on school premises.

All students interested in any aspect of the TV programming are invited to participate. Filming, editing, sound, script and programming are responsibilities shared by all of the TV crew.

Sports, classes and special cultural events are filmed for presentation to the faculty and student body. Local author Mary Downing Hahn of Oakland Mills was a recent guest personality for one program. Ms. Hahn read from her book, "Duphre's Book" and was interviewed by student, Jada Graves.

Ms. Hahn said of the experience, "Television is a medium which we can use to our benefit in getting more people to read. We can reach more students with information on new topics and the availability of related books."

It would seem that business partnerships are working because they offer the students an opportunity to equate the importance of education and business with their future.

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The defensive driving course "55 Alive" will be offered at the Florence Bain Senior Center, Harper's Choice Village, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15.

Attendance is required for both days for participants to receive the certificate that will entitle them to an automobile insurance reduction for three years.

A nominal $4 fee is charged; registration is required. Information: 313-7213.

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Something new at Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center. Cindee Velle will be teaching Soccer Ballet for boys and girls 10 years and older.

Classes will be held on Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. Information: 730-8113.

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The Silver Award was presented to members of Girl Scout Troop 832 at a recent meeting at Thunder Hill Elementary School.

Earning this second highest award in Girl Scouting meant that they met the "Girl Scout Challenge."

Kerry Nudelman, Karina Ferry, Shannon Siegert, Elissa Schefren, Karin Neperud and Karen Phillips met the five requirements to earn the Silver Award. They spent 25 hours in career leadership development, met the Girl Scout Challenge, earned badges in fashion, fitness and wildlife, researched careers, and developed a silver project helping Junior Girl Scouts complete a jewelry badge during the annual Girl Scout sleep-over at the Columbia Mall.

Three area businesses, Units at the Columbia Mall, Mary Kay Cosmetics and New Sensations Salon, worked with the girls on their fashion badge.

Visiting a wildlife sanctuary and participating in cross-country skiing helped them earn wildlife and fitness badges. For their theater badge, they wrote a play, designed a stage set, directed a cast of Girl Scouts and presented the play before their troop.

With the guidance of their leader, Judy Phillips, they worked in a homeless shelter for women and their children.

Mrs. Phillips said, "They faced the reality that these women and children had shelter only for the night and that during the day they had to fend for themselves."

The next event on their agenda is taking a trip on the "mystery" train.

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My daughters were Girl Scouts 20 years ago. It has always been a great

organization. Best of all, it has kept in step with the times and offers a variety of interests and challenges to the young women of the '90s.

These busy young ladies are experiencing Girl Scouting at its best.

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The New Arts Alliance Exhibit, "Masquerade," opens at the Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village on Jan. 4.

The show was juried by Josh Fendell, retired art instructor from the Maryland Art Institute in Baltimore.

Each work reflects the artist's perception of a masquerade literally or figuratively.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7. Information: 410-730-0075.

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If "heel" and "sit" are not part of your pet's vocabulary, you can be the language teacher in only six weeks by registering for Ken Buzzard's Dog Training Class at Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center.

Class begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Information: 730-8113.

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St. John's Parish's students and young people are invited to an evening of music, games and refreshments on Jan. 2 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center from 7 to 11 p.m.

Sponsored by CYCLE, (Catholic Youth Caring, Learning, Experiencing) the evening is a good way to begin 1993 with old friends and new.

Information: Scott Saffle, 730-5982 or Youth Ministry Office, 964-1434.

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New Year's taxes and bills can be a problem to many people.

The Howard County Cooperative Extension Service offers free financial counseling. It may be time to consider calling for help if 20 percent of your take-home pay is used for credit payments other than a mortgage; the second salary in your household is used only to pay debts or you do not know how much you owe or you have taken out a loan to consolidate your debts.

All information is strictly confidential and a CES counselor could be the answer to a great 1993.

Information: (410) 313-2707.

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You have a month to consider: would you like to learn to belly dance to haunting, exotic Middle East music?

Cyra will teach classic Oriental and folk styles of belly dancing on Monday evenings at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village.

The six-week class begins at 8 p.m. on Jan 25. Information: 730-8113.

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