Marley mentors spur children on to higher goals GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

February 03, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

Report cards, status reports and grade point averages are just some of the ways to measure the success of our children's education. Unfortunately, there isn't a similar scale to measure intangibles such as self-esteem, cooperativeness and initiative.

But a group of people at Marley Middle School believes that students develop better learning skills if they have a positive self-image. They are part of the Marley Mentor Program.

Last week, many of the 48 students participating in the program joined their families and their mentors at a spaghetti dinner. For many of the parents, it was their first chance to meet their child's mentor face to face and discuss the progress and future goals of the program.

The mentor program began four years ago at Marley when Barbara Fletcher, a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland employee, approached Principal Robert Janovsky with the idea as part of the company's community outreach program.

The program matches students who are having difficulties with an adult adviser. Together they work with the student's family and teachers to set goals, offering assistance and rewards as they work toward their objectives.

The program depends upon teachers, staff members, parents and C&P employees to serve as volunteers. More volunteers are needed and this has sent Fletcher off on a "volunteer hunt."

"We're working with the Key Club at Glen Burnie High to include them in the program as mentors," said Fletcher. "In some cases the students may respond better to someone closer to their age. And [the high school students] need the involvement as much as the kids need them."

Local businesses are also being asked to participate.

The program's success can be found in its duplication at two area elementary schools -- Glendale and Woodside elementary schools.

For additional information, call Marley Middle School, 761-0934.

An art auction to benefit the Glen Burnie Health Center Association has been planned for Feb. 26 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. An art preview will begin at 7 p.m. with bidding starting at 8 p.m.

More than 100 works, including prints and lithographs, will be showcased, including perennial favorites by Wyeth and Delacroix. Each piece is framed and matted and ready for display by the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore, Pa.

Tickets for the auction are $5 each and include wine, desserts and hors d'oeuvres, compliments of Michael's Eighth Avenue.

Three patron packages also are available: $25 for six tickets, $50 for 12 or $100 for 25. All patrons will be recognized in the program book.

Ad spaces also are available in the program book: $25 for a business card (one-eighth of a page); $50 for one-quarter of a page; $100 for one-half of a page; $200 for a full page.

All proceeds from the ticket sales and program advertisements will go directly to a renovation project. The project also will benefit from a generous commission on the art sold that evening.

The association is hoping to duplicate the wonderful success of last year's auction, which raised more than $9,000 to launch the center's major capital improvement project.

A nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, the Glen Burnie Health Center Association was founded in 1948 to support public health programs for residents of greater Glen Burnie. Seven public health nurses are based in the center, which offers health care on a sliding scale cost for area residents.

The association owns and maintains the building at 416 A St., which is rented to the county Health Department at no charge. The 50-year-old building is being renovated at a cost of about $150,000. Proceeds from the auction will be used to furnish the interior.

For tickets or ad information, call 766-1692 or 766-8596.

County Executive Bob Neall will be the guest speaker at the annual Presidential Ball presented by the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, at La Fontaine Bleu.

An evening of dinner and dancing to the music of Skyline is planned as the chamber honors its 1993 president, Griff Hall, director of development at Bello Machre.

Awards for the Citizen, Business and Business Person of the Year also will be presented.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased through the `D chamber office, 103 Crain Highway. Call 766-8282 for additional information.

Classical to jazz, Renaissance to ragtime, sacred to popular. There will be music for every taste when the Bowie Brass Quintet performs at the fourth program in the Music at St. Paul's Concert Series, at 7 p.m. Sunday, at 308 Oak Manor Drive.

Members of the troupe are J. Carlton Rowe and Robert Birch on trumpet; Diana Ogilive on horn; Chris Matten on trombone; and Martin Erickson on tuba. All reside in Bowie.

The brass ensemble has performed at the Washington Cathedral, Wolf Trap, the Smithsonian Institution and at several international festivals. They have released two critically acclaimed recordings of their music.

Sunday's concert is free and open to the community. A free-will offering will be taken to support the St. Paul's Organ and Handbell funds.

For additional information, call 766-2283.

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The Glen Burnie Rotary is holding its second annual Indoor Putting Golf Tournament and Dinner, Saturday at the Comfort Inn, at Routes 648 and 170 in North Linthicum.

The evening begins with a dinner, served from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An open bar will be available all evening. Coffee and dessert will be served after the tournament.

At 6 p.m., the golfing begins with a shotgun start. The course wanders throughout the hotel: through the lobby, down hallways and into conference rooms.

Trophies will be awarded for the best score by an individual woman, man and foursome. Players also will have the opportunity to buy a chance for a hole-in-one.

For ticket information, call 987-2415.

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