Give-a-book program stocks school libraries, helps children read

NEIGHBORS

November 03, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

It's hard to believe, but winter holiday decorations are already in place at many stores and holiday shopping is starting. There are unique gifts on the shelves, tempting us to buy, buy, buy.

Here is a way you can buy something different for a child and stock a shelf too. At two local elementary schools, the media specialists invite parents, grandparents and friends of students to participate in a give-a-book program. Pat Wang of Lisbon Elementary School started the program, and Diane Pickeral of Bushy Park Elementary School adapted her ideas for Bushy Park.

When you wish to give a gift, you send $15 to the school's PTA. The media specialist will invite the student you named as the recipient to the media center to select a new hardback book for the shelves of the school's collection.

The bookplate in the book will state who purchased the book, in whose honor it was purchased and for which occasion. Then your selected child will be the first to borrow the book from the collection. Your child gets a chance to participate, and all the children in the school have a chance to borrow the book. Both media specialists keep a stock of newly published titles, including award winners and duplicate copies of especially popular books, appropriate for elementary school children on hand.

This program is a great success, and Ms. Wang and Ms. Pickeral invite you to participate. Call Lisbon at 313-5506 or Bushy Park at 313-5500.

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Parents will hear much about American Education Week, which is Nov. 14-18. That week, elementary and middle schools will be dismissed two hours early each day. High schools will be dismissed two hours early beginning Wednesday.

Parents are encouraged to visit the schools and to confer with teachers during that week. Traditionally, Monday is visitation day at the elementary schools, but the schools welcome parents each day.

The schools in our area plan interesting activities, including Bushy Park's Pastries for Parents at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 14. At Lisbon Elementary School, members of the Lisbon Student Government Association will greet parents. They'll offer you free refreshments when you arrive. Schools try to arrange schedules and programs so that all the parents can participate.

Manor Woods Elementary School Principal John Morningstar and the Manor Woods teachers have scheduled some parent-teacher conferences for Monday evening, so parents who can't get to the school during the day can still talk with the teachers. Parents who don't have an appointment scheduled for a teacher conference should call the school next week to arrange one.

Partnerships between businesses and schools are mutually beneficial. Mount View Middle School counts Chaselle Inc. among its active partners. Chaselle supplies school materials through their store and a catalog. Chaselle will feature Mount View students on the cover of a future catalog.

Clarksville Elementary School students are taking advantage of the school's partnership with Sandy Spring National Bank.

Yesterday, they started a bank branch in the school. Each Wednesday, the children at Clarksville will deposit money into savings accounts set up at Clarksville through the bank. Children will be tellers and customers. What a wonderful way to encourage thrift and to teach the students banking procedures and policies!

Congratulations to local luminaries who have won awards lately. Glenelg High School graduate Catherine Oyster received the Volunteers Building Community Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Kitty Boyan, a teacher at Clarksville Elementary School, was among the 12 Maryland finalists for the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.

Ron Oaks, head of the drama department at Glenelg High School, received the Teacher Excellence Award at the Howard Community College's Evening of Excellence.

Mr. Oaks produces masterful plays and musicals at Glenelg, besides teaching drama, stage crafts and stage management. He and his Glenelg drama students are working on Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker."

They will present this hilarious comedy, which was the basis for the musical "Hello, Dolly," Dec. 2-4 at the school.

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Here's an idea for busy people who love the holidays. Buy fresh baked goods for sale by the talented bakers at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church and freeze them.

Church members will hold their third annual Christmas bazaar from 3 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12.

The crafts people in the church made beautiful dried flower swags to sell at the bazaar. They were so lovely that they all sold at a summer car wash. They've made from dried-apple roses and other interesting items.

The highest priced offerings at this bazaar are $15, so you're sure to find some real bargains. Of course, these reasonably priced goodies sell out quickly, so plan to come early.

The church is on Burnt Woods Road in Glenwood, near the intersection with Shady Lane. Phone 997-3259 for more information.

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