When William Hubbard retired from his family brokerage business six years ago, he turned to the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging -- not because he needed help but because he wanted to help his community.
Today, this Linthicum resident goes to Corkran Middle School twice a week to tutor students in language arts. Many of the students are considered "at risk" and have problems that make learning especially difficult.
Mr. Hubbard, who is legally blind, understands some of the difficulties.
"I had a serious problem. I had to struggle to learn," he said. "I look at some of the students and I see myself in their place."
Mr. Hubbard works with 15 to 18 students each week and said he considers volunteerism an opportunity "to give back to the schools."
"If I can help the students, fine. I'm delighted to help," he said.
Principal Phyllis Cherry hopes that Mr. Hubbard's enthusiasm influences others to volunteer. Corkran has three other tutors -- another retired man, a woman with grown children and a high school student. More tutors are needed.
Anyone willing to offer as little as one hour a week can make the difference for a student. Tutors work with students on a one-to-one basis and help them review for tests, check their notebooks and check for missing assignments.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, call the school office at 222-6493.
Electric motors, eggs, pulleys and paper towels were among the items Glen Burnie Park Elementary School students used in exhibits at the school's annual science fair. Sixty-two students participated.
Here are the names of those who were honored:
First grade: "How Animal Bones Are Different," Angeles Burke, first place; Stephan Yost, second place; Alex Sites, third place; Vaughn Kamaal, honorable mention.
Second grade: "Which Laundry Detergent Works Best?" Megan Nappi, first place; Claire Lawton, second place; Becky Milton, third place; Amber Grimm, honorable mention.
Third grade: "Can Paper Fly? How and Why," Patrick Murphy, first place; Brad Estep and Danielle Ziegler, second place; Patrick Ruggles, third place; Andrea Lawton, honorable mention.
Fourth grade: "Measuring the Invisible Force," Elizabeth Hand, first place; Thomas Malone, second place; Jennifer Kostro, third place; Crystal Potze, fourth place.
Fifth grade: "Which Is the Better Picker-upper?" Tina Royle, first place; Kimberly Rodgers and Angela Schaech, second place; Allison Billock and Ok Gil Kim, third place; Greg Neal, honorable mention.
For the third year in a row, Corkran Middle School will hold the county media festival. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Photographs, videos and multimedia slide presentations will be judged, and the winner will advance to the state competition at Towson State University in May.
Elementary, middle and senior high school students throughout the county are expected to participate, explained Val Emerick, media teacher at Corkran.
"We have over 250 photography entries," Mrs. Emerick said.
The photo competition winners already have been selected. Student videos and slide presentations will be judged Saturday morning. Corkran students have entered two videos. "One is a public service announcement for the protection of endangered species," Mrs. Emerick said. "We also have a second video on the subject of child abuse."
This event is open to the public. Corkran Middle School is at 7600 Quarterfield Road. For more information, call 222-6493.
The Morgan Sisters will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Marley Park Church of the Nazarene, 7741 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Myrna and Gisela Morgan, students at the Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., will share their message of hope through traditional and contemporary gospel music.
Tonight's concert is free. A goodwill offering will be taken.
For more information, call the church office, 768-1852.
Easter, Mother's Day, weddings, graduations, new babies, there's always a good reason to visit Glen Burnie High School's spring craft fair. This year it will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the school's cafeteria and media area.
Refreshments will be sold throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit the band program.
For more information, call the school office at 761-8950.
Congratulations to Glen Burnie High School teacher Fred Lang, who was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Mr. Lang was honored earlier this month at the Anne Arundel Trade Council's banquet.
He has spent his 30-year teaching career at Glen Burnie High and now heads the social studies department. Bea Kosla, his co-worker, nominated him for the award.
Though Mr. Lang was not selected to represent the county in the statewide competition, he still was pleased to have been honored.
"I was elated," he said. "It was very, very satisfying."
Spaces are available for the parish flea market, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Weather permitting, the sale will be set up in and around the church hall.
Registration is $10 for a space, $15 for a space with a table.
For registration information, call Linda Davis at 766-6987 or Sue Young at 760- 5462.