Community calendar is full of information

NEIGHBORS

January 26, 1995|By SALLY BUCKLER

Did your middle school or high school youngster bring home a large calendar printed with community notices and tips for parents last week? That splendid aid to help keep your household organized came compliments of the Western Howard County Coalition, a group of school, church, club, police and business leaders.

Your new calendar is intended as more than a family resource. It's a community resource. The Western Howard County Coalition's mission is to share information on the problems of underage drinking and substance use and to try to find and distribute solutions to very real and frightening problems.

The coalition distributed the 16-by-20-inch detailed calendars to all students at Glenwood and Mount View Middle Schools and Glenelg High School.

To produce a very local printed calendar that families would look at each day, the group included important local telephone numbers and listed area activities at schools, in the Department of Parks and Recreation, and in other community organizations.

Everything a Western Howard County family needs is at your fingertips. The coalition's intention was to give so much information about Western Howard County and the myriad activities going on here that families could find community resources, like phone numbers, and school, sports, Scouts and music schedules easily.

The calendar is filled with tips on how parents can help children deal with parties, young love, alcohol, drugs and other life questions.

The Western Howard County Coalition would like to hear what you think about the calendar. They invite you to join them at a meeting at Glenelg High School at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 for a planning meeting and a discussion of a future calendar.

At 8 a.m. on March 31, the group will have a breakfast meeting at Glenelg High School for a brainstorming session. You may call Eileen Woodbury at 313-7015 or Dan Davis of the Howard County Police Department at 313-3206 for more information about the coalition or to request a calendar.

Tonight is the Count Basie Concert many have been looking forward to at Glenelg High School. Tickets remain. Buy them at the door for $18 or in the school office before 3 p.m. for $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, which opens with the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble. Phone 313-5533.

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Clarksville Middle School reading specialist Linda Sue Levin, with fellow teachers Doris Barnes and Cherry Edgerton-Bird, are making something magical happen with a group of seventh graders, books, and two kindergarten classes. Twice each month, 26 Clarksville Middle School students walk across the street to Pointers Run Elementary School to read to kindergarten students.

The same older and younger children are paired each session, so friendships develop from this interscholastic activity. The middle-schoolers introduce their young friends to the enjoyment of books. They develop their own appreciation of reading, also.

Under a Reading is Fundamental grant, the middle schoolers distribute books to the kindergartners three times during the year, and they get a free book themselves. Before each session, seventh-graders choose a book to read to their friend and prepare how to present it. After they read their story, they help the little ones with a take-home project about the book.

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Presentations about the technology magnet school are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Glenelg High School, Feb. 6 at Glenwood Middle School, and Feb. 7 at Mount View Middle School.

Call your local school for more information.

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