WHILE THOUSANDS of athletes around the world are preparing to compete for Olympic gold this summer in Atlanta, hundreds of students are "reading for the gold" at Mount Airy Elementary School.
The theme for this school year's reading incentive program parallels the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The elementary students are being asked to focus on developing lifelong gold medal reading habits.
Students who reach their monthly reading goals will be declared "Gold Medal Readers" and receive a sticker. Each class is working toward the goal of earning a set of Olympic Rings for total class participation.
The students keep track of their reading minutes on personalized calendars, called their "Read for the Gold" programs, specially designed by a group of parents and staff members. Members of the Reading Incentive Committee are: Kim Boccabella, Barbara Gardner, Nancy Guerico, Maggie Larson, Debbie McKenzie, Debbie Meetre, Lily Patton, Sally Popa, Christa Pusateri, Stacy Roelands, Karen Sheridan, Lisa Twilley and Phyllis Sonnenleiter.
Students are encouraged to do any type of reading, from individual reading to reading aloud with parents or students reading to siblings. Students are encouraged to read anything available -- newspapers, cereal boxes, computers, comics, the possibilities are endless.
To further encourage students to spend more free time reading, the school will sponsor programs throughout the year tied to the Olympic theme. In addition, students will learn about the Olympic Games and their history, and media resources will be available to supplement their interest.
Teachers hit the court
South Carroll High School teachers will have the chance to show off their hoop skills at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, when the faculty challenges the disc jockeys of radio station WYCR in a basketball game.
The game is sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Student Organization, and proceeds will be used for PTSO-sponsored programs.
Twenty faculty members have been practicing their basketball skills as much as possible after school hours, with only the recent blizzard severely limiting their court time.
Prizes will be given during halftime, and WYCR will sponsor a half-court shoot-out for those who want to try their skill at shooting long-distance baskets.
Admission to the game is $3, and tickets will be sold at the door. A concession stand will be open.
South Carroll High School is at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.
& Information: 795-7557.
No more weekly bingo
After many years of holding weekly bingo, Winfield Community Fire Department will stop Wednesday night games.
Because of declining attendance, Fire Department officials said it was best to end the weekly games and instead offer bingo banquets periodically throughout the year.
Dates for the banquets are April 27, June 15 and Nov. 2. Times will be announced.
& Information: 795-4640.
Youth baseball registration
With all the cold, snowy weather we've experienced lately, it's hard to think about baseball season being right around the corner. But it's not too early to think about signing up your child to play spring baseball.
Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association will begin registration for boys and girls for its Babe Ruth baseball leagues for the 1996 season. Registration will be taken in the front lobby of Mount Airy Middle School tomorrow and Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
During those hours, registrations will be accepted for football and cheerleading for the 1996 fall season. A $10 early-bird registration discount is offered.
Registration fees are $60, but additional discounts are offered if registering a child for more than one sport, or if several children in the same family participate in a sport.
Information: (301) 829-9479.
Learn about new schedule
South Carroll High School will implement a new four-period system for the 1996-1997 school year.
Parents and students with questions concerning this system and who need to make scheduling decisions are invited to attend an informational meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.
An open house for incoming freshmen and their parents is planned for Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the four-period day and scheduling options, including course electives.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.