Middle school leaders to gather for conference at North Carroll NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

March 10, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

On Friday, North Carroll Middle School will become top-heavy with middle school educational elite.

It will host an estimated 800 educators from across the state for the Maryland Middle School Association Spring Conference, "Leadership for School Reform."

The gathering will provide middle-level educators a chance to share ideas and programs, and will promote the middle school philosophy, according to conference literature.

More than 80 workshops will be given about innovative programs and ideas that benefit middle school children. Keynote speaker Judith Baenen will address "Motivating the Motivator."

She's arriving from Columbus, Ohio, where she serves on the National Middle School Association and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin.

One workshop will be "Joy in Serving," highlighting the North Carroll Middle School student-service program directed by social studies teacher Craig Giles.

Angela Smith will be one of several students helping Mr. Giles. She's a volunteer visitor at Longview Nursing Home in Manchester every Wednesday. She helped construct and maintain bluebird houses near the school.

She extends her good will as a "grade booster," of which she says, "We help others with schoolwork. They catch up on homework or receive tutoring."

During the workshop, Angela will help teach the teachers. She'll demonstrate the awareness training she and fellow nursing home visitors received to help them understand the restrictions an elderly person might face.

"We learn to feel disabled," said Angela. "One arm is tied to your body. We try to button with one hand to realize how frustrating things are. And we eat tasteless cookies."

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Have a craft to sell? You can join more than 40 crafts vendors who've already registered for the annual Country Craft Fair held by St. George's Episcopal Church at 2434 Cape Horn Road, off Route 30 between Hampstead and Manchester.

This year's fair is May 15. It's held outdoors, rain or shine.

"It's a lot of fun, even if you don't buy crafts," says Susan Meredith, who's registering vendors this year. When mapping the space available near the social hall and front of the church, she figures there's enough room for about 100 exhibitors. You can call her at 239-3669 for a space.

Linda Niles and Cindy Dougerty co-chair this year's event. They plan a variety of children's activities, said Mrs. Meredith. Last year children enjoyed hay rides, face painting, a moon walk and pony rides.

"Our youth group does face painting. Our youth love doing it," she said.

Everyone enjoys the outdoor bull roast. There's "a really big bake table, a country market with canned goods, preserves, and homemade items. And a bull roast. Inside, we'll have a little cafe set up with hot dogs and soup," Mrs. Meredith said.

Crafts already registered include oil painting, woodworking, hand-painted clothing, personalized ties, hand-painted T-shirts and canvas purses, silk flowers, crafts with a country theme, ink pads and novelty stamps, and handmade clothing that is personalized at the fair.

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If you're in the eighth grade, life in the big city seems pretty far away. Every year, North Carroll Middle School teacher Jeanne Bowman brings career professionals to school for a day. It's a window on the future for her students.

This year, 10 careers were presented, from chemical engineer to policeman, from shopkeeper to missionary.

Several messages were heard again and again: Get a higher education. Learn new technology. Listen to others. Work to please yourself.

Ron Sebeck, self-employed as a national director of financial education for Primerica and associated companies, energetically pitched staying creative, whatever the chosen field.

"Work for yourself; it's 80 percent being creative and 20 percent processing. It's much more exciting. I mean, I can't wait to get to work!"

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