Eighth-graders Sarah Gordon, Jamie Ibbot and Kim Chase have added a new dimension to the Parent Teacher Organization at Mount Airy Middle School as the student representatives to the group's executive board.
Working for the good of the students has always been the focus of the group, but this is the first year that the word 'students' has been added to the organization's name and the first time that students have had an active role in planning. The group is now called the Parent Teacher Student Organization.
"It's working out very well," said President Tom Roden. "[Students] have a lot of insight on the way things should be. They add a new dimension to the whole process of picking activities."
Middle-school students had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the trio's planning efforts last week when a recreation afternoon for sixth-graders was held on Thursday and a dance was held for seventh- and eighth-graders on Friday.
"Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves," said Mr. Roden, noting that 178 tickets were sold in advance for the dance.
"It was a big success."
In addition to after-school activities, the trio also has a voice in selecting in-school enrichment programs such as, "Young Audiences" scheduled Feb. 19, and "Video Harp" May 12, Mr. Roden said.
Student involvement goes well with this year's PTSO goal of making sure that profits from fund raisers have a "direct benefit" to the students, he said. The organization is financing a homework hot line, which was installed in September, and a compact disc read-only-memory media retrieval system for periodicals and reference materials that will soon be installed.
Continuing fund-raisers at the school include collecting Campbell Soup labels and register receipts from Giant Foods, Safeway and George's Markets.
A candy sale is planned for March.
The school's PTSO executive board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the school.
At least two general meetings are held each school year.
Information: Mr. Roden or Principal Larry Barnes, 795-1744.
High school students entering the first level of competition in the 56th Annual American Legion National Oratorical Contest have a chance at earning scholarship money as they learn more about the U.S. Constitution.
Treasures at the end of the rainbow for the four national contest winners range from $12,000 for fourth place to $18,000 for the winner.
Maryland contestants have won first place nationally three times and a third-place prize during the past five years.
Contestants must give an eight-to 10-minute oration on some aspect of the Constitution that stresses citizen responsibilities. Participants must also be prepared to give a three to five-minute extemporaneous discourse on a subject drawn from selected Constitutional topics.
The journey to the national contest begins at local post events. Winners polish their public speaking skills and earn cash prizes as they progress through a series of county, district, state, regional and sectional competitions to the nationals.
Mount Airy's American Legion Post 191 will host its annual oratorical contest Feb. 2, and area high school students are encouraged to participate.
Information: Art Brett at (410) 795-6239.
Grab those bobby sox and poodle skirts for a Sunday evening of fabulous music of the '50s and '60s that will benefit the South Carroll High School Band.
The Hubcaps will be the featured entertainment in this ultimate baby boomer fund-raiser sponsored by the South Carroll Band Boosters Feb. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers, 1011 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.
Tickets, which are limited, are $20 per person and will be sold only in advance. Chips, pretzels, beer and sodas are included.
Food items such as hot dogs and hamburgers, and a cash bar, will be available.
Information: (410) 875-2750.
Mount Airy's Fall Festival Committee will hold its first meeting of the year Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Ben Gue Antiques, 4 S. Main St., Mount Airy.
All who are interested in planning the 1993 festival are to attend the committee's monthly meetings, which will be held on the first Thursday of each month.
The Ninth Annual Mount Airy Fall Festival will be held in the town's historic Main Street business district the first weekend in October. Information: chairman Ben Gue at (301) 829-2112.
Planning meetings will soon begin for South Carroll High School's After Prom Party in May, and the event chairpersons, Ann Laur and Nancy Hancock, would like to hear from anyone interested in helping with this project.
There are jobs big and small for people with various talents and abilities. All that's needed is the desire to help with this important alcohol-and drug-free event.
Information: Mrs. Laur at (410) 795-3895 or Mrs. Hancock at (410) 781-7031.