One of our greatest, and often untaught, heritages is the culture of the Native Americans who explored and inhabited this land long before the European explorers arrived.
On March 1 and 2, the students of Running Brook Elementary School will explore Native American culture. Thanks to funding from the school PTA and a grant from the Howard County Arts Council, the school will hold an in-school residency featuring two Native American artists.
M. Chochise Anderson is of Chickasaw/Mississippi Choctaw descent. Both tribes were driven to reservations in Oklahoma in 1830 under orders by President Andrew Jackson. Mr. Anderson, who hails from Oklahoma, has used his theatrical background and his extensive knowledge of Native American lore and history to become a storyteller.
Teri Eagle Song is a member of the Delaware Nation, a tribe whose people fished and hunted the length of the Delaware River valley from the Catskill Mountains of New York to the banks of the Delaware Bay. Ms. Eagle Song is a professional artist whose work is inspired by Native American culture. She specializes in art and craftworks that reflect the many aspects of that culture.
Mr. Anderson and Ms. Eagle Song will spend their two-day residency at Running Brook Elementary making presentations to each class and working with students on artwork and crafts that reflect Native American culture.
The highlight of the residency will be a family evening March 2. Mr. Anderson and Ms. Eagle Song will make presentations in full Native American regalia. The evening will feature storytelling, drum and flute music and Native American dances. Student artwork, done during the residency, will also be on display.
The Howard County Special Olympics needs volunteers to assist with the Special Olympic Games to be held at Atholton High School and Howard Community College on May 7.
"We need coaches, assistant coaches, timekeepers, referees and officials for the track and field and aquatics events," organizer Maureen McCarthy says. "We also need people to register volunteers, participants and guests."
Ms. McCarthy says one of the greatest needs is for people who can teach at sports clinics and training sessions held for the participants in the weeks preceding the Special Olympics. Sporting events include golf, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis and lacrosse.
"We are looking for people who can teach the participants three aspects of a particular sport," says Ms. McCarthy. "For example, in softball, they must learn how to throw, catch and hit the ball."
Howard County middle and high school students should note that volunteering for the Howard County Special Olympics will earn credit toward their community services graduation requirements.
One of the needs is for sign language interpreters to work with participants, parents and guests.
"The Special Olympics is one of the few events which allows families with special children to get together," says Ms. McCarthy. "And it should truly be a special event for everyone involved."
One item on Ms. McCarthy's Special Olympic agenda is an idea she calls "Family Matters."
"What I hope to do," she says "is contact representatives from the various county and state agencies which can offer help and support to families with special children. Having them present offers an ideal opportunity for them to meet with people and discuss what they have to offer. We will provide tables and chairs."
Registration for volunteers and participants will be held March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.
For information, contact Ms. McCarthy at 995-5018.
The St. John Baptist Church Drama Ministry will present "Facts, Folks and Fellowship," offering aspects of the African-American experience highlighted through dramatic interpretations of famous African-American personalities.
The free event, along with a buffet dinner, will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.
Register by calling 381-7046 or 992-6997.
The parents of students attending Wilde Lake High School at River Hill are invited to a meeting that will present new opportunities offered by the Gifted and Talented Resource Program.
This informational meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Information Center of the new Wilde Lake/River Hill High School. Students are also welcome to attend.
Interested parents should call Diane Pulling, G/T resource teacher at Wilde Lake High, at 531-6748.