Sykesville students rewarded for reading in unusual places


November 07, 1995|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RECEIVING a citation is not usually something to celebrate -- unless you are a student at Sykesville Middle School.

Wednesday was the kickoff of the school's reading incentive program, "Caught Reading." The program is sponsored by the PTA and aims to foster the habit of reading as an important part of lifelong learning.

The program uses a police department scenario, with "deputies" issuing citations to students who are caught reading in unusual but appropriate places. Students have been caught reading in homeroom, at lunch, on the bus and after school while waiting for buses.

Members of the Sykesville Police Department were on hand to issue the first day's citations. School administrators, teachers and PTA volunteers have since been deputized and have been kept busy catching readers.

After receiving a citation, the reader is "booked" and his name is added to a bulletin board in the school's main entrance. At the end of the month, students will be chosen to receive their "sentencing from the judge" -- the "honorable" Donald M. Pyles, principal at the school.

The reading program's organizational committee has acquired a large number of prizes as incentives and plans to run the program in November, January and March.

It's a cabaret

The end of World War II was a great time of celebration in this country and around the world. The Sheen Colleens -- the ladies auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 7612 -- will present a Cabaret Dinner Show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war's end Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Eldersburg.

The show will feature the Cabaret Players -- a group of seniors ages 55 to 75 who will sing and dance to their own choreographed show. Music from the era will be remembered with the big band sound and songs from Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.

A full dinner, cash bar, live show, door prizes and dancing are included in the ticket price, $20 in advance and $22 at the door. For tickets or more information: Carol McCuen, 549-2418 or Mary Brown, 549-2533.

SCOPE welcomes all

The gymnasium at St. Joseph's Catholic Church was recently alive with the sounds of a country hoe-down as SCOPE held its first family event of the school year.

Square dance calling services were provided by Bob Hamilton while families learned the basics of square dancing.

Local businesses contributed stipends and door prizes for the event.

Although the Sykesville Community Outreach Programs & Events (SCOPE) grew out of the efforts of parents and educators at Piney Ridge Elementary School, all members of the community are invited to participate.

The group plans more family events, including a spaghetti dinner, a movie night and a series of parent information nights.

The group's organization and planning committee meets the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. at the school. Information: 751-3535.

New craft open house

Craft fairs and shows abound at this time of year. Here is a new one to add to your list.

A crafts open house will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at 7724 Carter Ave. in Sykesville. The show will feature a wide variety of items, including hand-painted silk and dyed cotton accessories, beaded jewelry, quilted wall hangings, Christmas decorations, dried floral arrangements and handcrafted jewelry.

Information: 795-6485.

Junior sock hop

Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 658 is sponsoring a sock hop for students in grades four to seven from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Freedom Community Center on Route 32 in Eldersburg.

Tickets are $3. Music will be provided by a disc jockey.

Information: Terry Brown, 795-1421.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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