Fight continues to make King's dream a reality

NEIGHBORS

January 16, 1995|By PHYLLIS FLOWERS AND PHYLLIS LUCAS

Showing people respect is the theme we grew up with. Respect your parents, your neighbors and yourself. Martin Luther King Jr. had the same idea, except he said we should extend our notion of respect to include the entire nation. He had a dream that all people, regardless of the color of their skin or their religious preference, would be judged only by the content of their character. Martin Luther King Jr. has been dead 27 years, yet we are still fighting to make his dream come true.

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On snowy and icy days, school closings and late openings are announced on local radio and television stations, and the school system's central office has its own information phone line. The telephone numbers are (410) 222-5110 and (800) 893-7080.

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Belle Grove Elementary School's fifth-grade students will graduate from their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Students will present essays and skits about staying healthy and drug-free. Each child will get a certificate of completion, presented by Officer Jim Call. All parents are invited to attend.

The Easter Seals Basketball Shoot-Out will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Students should bring a permission slip from home. They will solicit pledges from friends and family.

Be on the lookout for information regarding the PTA's sale of school T-shirts and sweat shirts.

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Brooklyn Park Elementary School's students will celebrate National Reading Month by participating in an Ice Cream for Reading program. Students will record each book read on a paper ice cream scoop. Prizes will include free ice cream at lunch and an ice cream party for each class with 100 percent participation.

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North County High School's Band Parents will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the band room. They will discuss spring fund-raising projects and a trip to Atlanta. Interested people are invited to attend.

The Maryland Functional Citizenship Test will be administered Wednesday.

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Have you started on your New Year's resolution to exercise and get in shape? If not, here's your chance to start. The Anne Arundel County of Recreation and Parks is offering step training classes at Belle Grove Elementary School, 4502 Belle Grove Road. Step training uses a step bench to help you achieve overall body fitness. The eight-week classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 23. Step benches are provided. Registration is $45.50. To register or for more information, call 222-7313.

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Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave., to discuss improving fire safety and other community concerns.

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Harbor Hospital Center's Health Resources Line is offering a free packet of information describing the "Nutrition Facts" food label that is mandatory on packaged food products. The information will help you understand terms such as percentage daily values and calories from fat. Groups interested in the topic can call the hospital's Speakers Bureau at 347-3478.

The hospital is offering several "heart healthy" educational materials. The "HeartWise" booklet has recipes for soups, entrees, and fruit and vegetable dishes. The booklet's wellness maps guide you on a trip to better health. To receive a copy, call 347-2563.

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