Of AnnapolisVolunteer work: Ms. Frix worked...

CHARMAN FRIX

September 11, 1994|By Kevin Harrison

CHARMAN FRIX of Annapolis

Volunteer work: Ms. Frix worked to establish the first Girl Scout troop at Tyler Heights Elementary School and helped publish a student literary magazine, the Spartan.

Her efforts won her the J. C. Penney Co. Inc. Golden Rule Volunteer Award for Education in April, which honored her for "fostering leadership and improving the students' self-esteem inside and outside of the classroom."

With the award came a $1,000 donation to the school on her behalf.

About the volunteer: Ms. Frix moved to the county from Honolulu one year ago. Her parents live in Severna Park. Her husband, Arthur, is a petty officer in the Coast Guard.

Ms. Frix, mother of three, served in Honolulu as a volunteer liaison between the Coast Guard command and families on the base.

Volunteer's comments: "I believe it [Girl Scouts] is really an important program for the girls, especially for today. There are so many outside influences that girls come in contact with. . . . They need someone there to help direct and guide them, and I think Girl Scouts can do that.

"When I found out they didn't have a troop at Tyler Heights, I talked to the principal, Mr. Kidd and he couldn't have been more supportive. Anything we wanted, it was, 'Yes, let me help you with that.' This year we hope to get a Brownie troop started.

"As for the publication [the Spartan], it was one of the most enjoyable things I've done. The kids would do the writing. I would type it up on the computer. The kids really enjoyed seeing their names in print.

"When it first started out it was about 10 to 15 pages. Our last issue was about 30 [pages]. I do think the kids got a kick out of it. I would encourage a literary paper at any school."

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or send information by fax to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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