Parents pressed into action by Paw Print publishing project


February 07, 1996|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE OF THE AREA'S most active publishers of children's books uses cardboard cereal boxes, donated fabric and household sewing machines to bind its publications.

Paw Print Press, run by parents at Clemens Crossing Elementary School, publishes exclusively the work of students at the Hickory Ridge school. Last year, its first, the press published more than 200 titles, said project director Lori Jenner. This year she hopes to double that number.

Students in every grade can submit poetry, fiction or nonfiction. Some illustrate their own work, while others collaborate. Among last year's efforts were Eric Aronchick's account of trying out for a baseball team and Matthew Jenner's study of the fish tank in his room.

Each book includes a beginning and end plate, a dedication and information about the author and illustrator.

Parents who assist Ms. Jenner in editing and typesetting include Shirley Goldberg, Amy Spanier and Kim Edwards.

Book binders, who form a monthly assembly line at the home of Fran Cowan, include Judy Bandier, Paula Bergin, Sue Brown, Brian Wessner and Carmen Lam-Borrero.

The parents work with Clemens Crossing reading specialist Anne Hager and this year received funds from the PTA.

Pinewood Derby results

Weeks of sawing, drilling, sanding and painting paid off last Wednesday in Cub Scout Pack 615's annual Pinewood Derby. The Scouts transformed blocks of rough pine into sleek, snazzy speed machines that competed for velocity and good looks.

Sam Adams took first place in the Wolf Den, consisting of second-graders. Naledi Semela placed second, and Courtney Jenkins was third.

In the third-grade Bear Den, Chris Fournier captured first place, with Chris Dotson placing second and Jimmy Zoumaya taking third.

Adam Fisch finished first among fourth-grade Webelos. Matt Rothwell took second place, and Ryan Farley placed third.

Chris Fournier won the head-to-head race among first-place cars that determined the grand prix winner. Adam Fisch was second and Sam Adams was third.

In the contest for best-looking cars, Chris Fournier dominated again, followed by Adam Fisch in second place and Kevin Tomlinson in third.

Ray Adams is den leader for the Wolves. Dan Fournier leads the Bear Den, and Nancy Farley is Webelos Den leader.

Pat Hamilton is cubmaster, and Steve Rothwell is assistant cubmaster for the pack, which meets at Running Brook Elementary School.

Reading Month

Sixth-grade students at Wilde Lake Middle School embraced January as Reading Month, reported reading teacher Marcia Boonshaft.

A month of special activities culminated in book-sharing parties last Wednesday, with 38 parents taking time from work or home obligations to come to school in support of their children's reading. Several younger siblings and one high school-age sister also attended.

Over bagels and Danish pastries, the guests told students about their favorite childhood books, reminisced about stories they read to their youngsters and discussed the importance of reading in their adult lives.

Service grant deadline

Middle school students with a mind to help others have until Feb. 20, an extended deadline, to apply for a community service grant from the Columbia Association (CA).

CA plans to award four $250 grants to middle school students whose idea for a community service project shows originality, initiative and good planning skills, said Sandy Fairhurst, who is coordinating the program.

Karyn Entrop, a senior at Wilde Lake High School at River Hill, is chairing the committee that will review applications and award the grants. Other committee members are local business people Craig Burton and Jerry Ford, educator Alice Haskins and Jackie Downing, a longtime resident of Wilde Lake village.

The grants will be awarded at the end of March.

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