Elementary students get chance to display their art in library

NEIGHBORS

April 22, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Recently, I've seen bumper stickers that say "Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty."

What an interesting phenomenon. What used to be called "mitzvahs" and "virtues," done because some act is the right thing to do, now are exhorted in the name of randomness.

Why does this phrase seem so apt? Are we so used to computerese, with its random memories and bits of data, that we can understand kindness not as a continuum of behavior but as an isolated act?

Is this phrase a corruption of "random violence," a co-option of the vicious deeds that litter the evening news? Is it that we are too overwhelmed by the stress of living, the traffic jams, the endless schedules, the petty indignities of public life that consistently applied virtue is beyond us -- only irregular acts are possible?

Or is it simply that, in a culture where it can be unpleasant to acknowledge a stranger, we need a slogan to fortify our courage to do a small kindness?

Have we become a culture in which civility is an indoor sport, performed only among friends, like showing home movies? I don't pretend to know.

I don't think that we are becoming an uncaring society. There are too many volunteers, from firemen to PTA presidents to the hordes planting trees last weekend on Route 29, for me to lose faith in our society. But I do wonder why so much virtue, for lack of a better word, is displayed in the organized setting of clubs and associations, and so little in individual life. The blood donor cuts the rabbi off in traffic.

Maybe the bumper sticker is right. Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. Maybe we'll get good at it.

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Students in Linda Hoskin's art class at Laurel Woods Elementary have begun to display their talents on the walls of the Savage Library.

Second-graders Katy Pardoe and Tyler Annett have made collages of jungle scenes. Fifth-graders Billy Davis, Jason Adams and Shannon Gibala have lent tempera paintings with a space theme.

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Artists from Forest Ridge Elementary are used to displaying their works at the Savage Library.

Come and see the new offerings this quarter. The fifth-graders have been using oil pastels to draw animals. Jennifer McKisson painted a charming underwater scene, William Pace an octopus, and Amanda Leige a red crab. Jane Park painted two kangaroos in the savanna. Willie Jones and Marie Miller each drew spiders.

The fourth grade has been exploring block printing. Their works hang over the copiers. See what Jesse Wieman, Danny Gill, Danna Krakau and Elisabeth Rumsey have done with the technique. Check out Lance Sullivan's blue bird on an orange background. It's a striking piece.

Children who use the library's computer can look at the wax resist drawings of third-graders Lisa DiCamillo, Amanda Stevens, Megan Oleszewski, Mark Sehuurman and Jaclyn McAllister while waiting for the computer to warm up.

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Guilford Elementary staff and parents are a busy bunch. For the third time, they are holding a Spring Fair for the community.

So far, the arrangements are going well, so come on by two weeks from now for a day of family fun and frolic.

The fun begins May 6 at 7 p.m. with a live auction featuring such goodies as Splashdown passes from the Columbia Association, craft items, lifetime alignment contracts from Firestone, gift certificates from Woodies and from local beauty shops.

Physical Education teacher Sharon Setzer has worked hard to organize this auction.

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The next day, May 7, the school hosts the actual fair. First, the school holds a flea market in the morning, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., filled with goodies that just beg to go home with you.

At noon, all the games and attractions begin. There will be a Moon Bounce the little darlings can jump on, instead of their beds. The Howard County Police Department will hold a canine exhibition.

Howard County Animal Control will present a demonstration on pet safety. There will be games such as a cake walk, an obstacle course, a Hay Maze (Metzler's Nursery is donating the hay), penny pitching and guessing games.

Face painting and fake tattoos will be available. Of course, there will be food, and a plant sale, prizes given to the winners of the games, and a generally good time had by all.

The PTA has sponsored this fair for the past three years. It's great to see such community involvement with the schools. After all, the PTA could not have done this alone.

But teachers such as Sharon Setzer, parents such as Pat Peters, Diana Gray, Laurel Greeley, and Sharon Wilson, area businesses such as Apple Ford, Friendly's, Hechinger's, Home Depot, Metzler's Nursery, NationsBank and Howard County General Hospital, Howard County Government and the dozens of unnamed volunteers make this possible by giving their time, their donations and their genius. Thanks to all of you!

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Mark your calendars for May 4, for the monthly meeting of the La Leche League of Savage/North Laurel.

Expectant mothers, nursing mothers and their children are all welcome. This month's topic is "Why Breast-feed Your Baby?"

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