Stevens Forest students to plant seedlings in Centennial Park


March 12, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE ENTHUSIASM of youth and the hope of spring are epitomized in third-graders Emily Kay and Christina Boussy, who invite everyone to join them in planting 500 seedlings, saplings and container-grown plants.

The Stevens Forest students' project to beautify and protect the environment is in partnership with the Howard County Department of Parks, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Colorado-based Plant-it 2000 and Windstar Connection, which was co-founded by singer John Denver.

The local project began when gifted and talented students, under the direction of teacher Tom Stabile, organized a chapter of Windstar Connection -- the very first Windstar student chapter, they say. Windstar aims to involve people in the environment, global illiteracy, hunger and refugee relocation. "Vision," the quarterly Windstar publication, features the Stevens Forest project in its current issue.

Plant-it 2000's goal is to plant as many trees as possible by the year 2000. Their organization is purchasing 20 additional 6- and 8-foot trees to be planted with the others in Ellicott City's Centennial Park's open space and along stream banks.

Phil Norman of the Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to visit Stevens Forest this afternoon to discuss the importance of students' involvement in their environment.

All are invited to bring shovels, wear working clothes and meet at Stevens Forest School at 9: 30 a.m. March 23 to help the students with their project, which will help to protect and preserve the park.

Reading Olympics

Olympic torch runners will open Reading Olympics at Jeffers Hill Elementary School in Long Reach village tomorrow. Complete with fanfare by music teacher Wayne Binder, media specialist Pat Shrack will present books representing the contest genres: biography/historical fiction, folk and fairy tales, science fiction, humorous literature and mystery.

Teachers Leah Amato and Bonnie Ritchie organized the contest for fourth- and fifth-grade students to increase their literary experience by reading 500 books before mid-June. Fifth-grade teacher Paul Schaefer created 8-foot rings representing the multicolored Olympic logo. The rings will be used to chart students' accomplishments, and icons in each ring will list book titles and authors.

Timing will be important in this game. Students may select books from any genre until it lists 100 books; then the choice is narrowed to the remaining subjects.

Principal Ruth Heath reports that students will receive "Olympic" medals. A gold medal represents 75 books read, a silver shows 50 books and a bronze signifies 25 books.

Girl wins scholarship

Nina Diemer, an eighth-grader at Trinity School, Ellicott City, has been awarded a four-year Wagley scholarship to St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville. The scholarship is named for the former headmistress at St. Paul's.

Nina's parents are Melissa and Joseph Diemer of Kings Contrivance village.

Student artwork displayed

Hammond High art students Steve Acott, Tuesday Brown, Suzanne Rusk, Raquel Seda, Andy Stockham and Kelly Werner created ceramic tile designs that were selected for the Columbia Art Center's recent exhibit in the Montage Gallery. Their tiles are among the hundreds created by Howard County students to be installed as a permanent exhibit in the Baltimore Zoo's Giraffe House during Howard County Day on May 7 at the zoo.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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