Oriole Bird will visit Freedom Elementary to draw raffle tickets SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

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March 09, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

It's not summer, but the Baltimore Orioles have the attention of their fans. Quite a few of those fans will be delighted at the appearance of the Oriole Bird, who will visit Freedom Elementary School on Thursday as part of the promotion of the new "Cal Bars" candy bars (for Cal Ripken, whose picture is on the candy wrapper).

"We were hoping that the Bird would come," said Tina Crockett, fund raising chairperson for the school PTA, "but we didn't receive confirmation until this weekend. Because we weren't sure we didn't tell the kids, so an awful lot of them will be very surprised."

The Bird will visit Freedom Elementary to draw the raffle tickets -- earned with each sale of 18 candy bars -- that the children earned selling the new "Cal Bars." The three winning tickets will provide the winners with a personally autographed wrapper from Cal. (All wrappers have a signature, but most are printed on.) The personally autographed wrappers are estimated by their promoters to be worth $1,000.

The schoolchildren and their parents sold the candy as a fund raiser for the PTA, which hopes to purchase a new information board for the school entrance and get the "Freedom Family Fun Fest" under way this year with the proceeds of the sales.

"These bars are part of the first batch," Ms. Crockett said, "and they all have the original printing serial number on the wrapper. Many people are just saving the wrappers, hoping they'll be worth something someday."

Others are hoping that the candy itself will be an heirloom.

"I've got two bars in my freezer for my kids that we're just saving for them. We're not going to eat them," said Toby Wean, mother of two. "Who knows? If they are worth something someday, and I didn't save them, I'd really kick myself."

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The state has some lofty standards for its schools to meet.

The goals include, among others:

* "All students will achieve at their highest level of capabilities."

* "They will develop high self-esteem and standards of behavior."

* "They will participate in vocational/technological education programs . . ."

Carrolltowne Elementary hopes to meet some of these standards with its Cardinal Badge program, which each month focuses on some aspect of the goals. The merit badges are awarded to students who show achievement in the desired areas.

Last month, the badges were awarded to students who researched careers of their choice.

"A lot of children did taped interviews with parents, to ask them about their jobs," said Sharon Fabian, guidance counselor. "One of the first-graders, Morgan Pug, made a whole book, with hard cover, dedication and illustrations, to find out about being an author. For a first-grader, that's pretty fantastic."

Congratulations to all badge winners!

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Piney Run Nature Camp fans, get ready for the annual lottery! It's time to send in your child's registration. The drawing of names of lucky campers will take place on March 29.

As last year, younger children will have a one-week camp; those in fourth, fifth and sixth grades will go for a two-week session.

"We shortened the camp term to one week in order to allow more children to participate in the camp," said naturalist Deanna Hoffman. "In previous years we had to turn so many people away we felt that this would be better than having only a few children attend camp for two weeks."

This year will be the Piney Run Nature Camp's 17th season, and there will be a new approach. In order for returning campers to learn something new each year, study topics have been chosen by grade level.

This year, first-graders will learn about "Plenty of Plants." Second-graders will study "The Earth." Children completing third grade in June will study "The Forest Community."

Fourth-graders will look at "Watery Worlds," and fifth- and sixth-graders will learn about "Wildlife Conservation."

Registration is now open to members, and will open to nonmembers April 5.

Information: 795-6043.

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