Teacher helps kids have fun while learning


November 01, 1993|By CINDY PARR

It would be understating the obvious to say that outcomes-based education has been a hot topic in Carroll County this year.

While just about everybody has opinions on how students should be taught and evaluated, there are, of course, still aspects of education that are not issues and are quite fun.

One example is Stan Gilmore's after-school "Art Scape" program at East Middle School in Westminster.

Mr. Gilmore, an East Middle art teacher, started his creative extracurricular class more than a decade ago.

"I started the program when I came to teach at East Middle 14 years ago," Mr. Gilmore said.

"Art Scape is an after-school activity that I provide for kids who enjoy art and want the opportunity to do more challenging art projects," he said.

Art Scape, which is free, is a one-hour session each Monday immediately after school.

Mr. Gilmore offers the program to sixth- , seventh- and eighth-grade students throughout the school year.

Students who have permission from their parents are allowed to sign up for the class. They are selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We do five- to six- week sessions so that the kids have time to complete their projects," Mr. Gilmore said.

"We don't always have the same craft.

"We do ceramics, pottery and Indian sand painting."

Class sizes vary based on the project, its complexity and equipment.

"We have 17 kids now who are taking ceramics and pottery," Mr. Gilmore said.

"I try to limit the number for this class, because I only have two potter's wheels.

"We could have up to 30 kids for other projects. It just depends on what we are doing.

"If it's an activity that takes a lot of instruction, we have fewer kids."


The Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market opens Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ag Center in Westminster.

This will be the 22nd year for the county's oldest farmers market.

It now features 125 vendors selling a variety of crafts, baked goods and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The market will open at the same time every Saturday through Dec. 18.

Information: 848-7748.


Get the tuxedo out of storage and grab your best gal.

Don't forget your dancin' shoes, because the Silvery Moon Ball has a table for you and your date.

Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Carroll County General Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor its 34th annual Silvery Moon Ball at DTC Wilhelm's Caterers Ltd. on Route 140 in Westminster.

A cocktail hour will begin at 7 p.m., followed by dinner, which will be served at 8 p.m.

Don't eat too much, because at 9 p.m. the sounds of the Helmut Licht Orchestra will insist on the pleasure of your company on the dance floor until 1 a.m.

The price per person is $49. Dress is semiformal.

All proceeds go toward the cost of building additional parking on hospital grounds.

For tickets or information, call 848-3484.


It's the time of year when our attention is turned to those worthy causes that help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Thanks to Modern Ideal Dry Cleaners, the Salvation Army, WTTR Radio and Cranberry Mall, the sixth annual "Coats For Kids" program is under way.

Coats for infants, children and adults can be dropped into the collection box at the mall entrance near Travel Agents International.

Modern Ideal and the Salvation Army also will accept coat donations.

The coats will be cleaned and repaired at Modern Ideal, and distributed by the Salvation Army.

For more information, call 876-8870.

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