Bryant Woods Boys go disco to get students to 'R-E-A-D'


March 27, 1996|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

What they lacked in flamboyance, they made up for in heart.

The men of Bryant Woods Elementary School took to the stage last Friday, belting out "R-E-A-D," their version of the Village People's disco hit, "YMCA."

Billed as the Bryant Woods Boys were Assistant Principal John Hammett, teachers Jon Wray and Charles Tompkins, student teacher Chris McCloin and Robert Blaze, a rather surprised substitute teacher who was tapped at the last minute.

The number was a highlight of Friday's assembly kicking off the school's Reading for the Gold program that challenges students to earn bronze, silver and gold medals for reading books.

Students will track their progress on a huge torch and Olympic rings created by art teacher Laura Kerr.

The project is part of the school's yearlong push to encourage and support student readers.

In another facet of the program, every Bryant Woods first-grader has met the goal of reading 21 books since January.

The children are inviting their parents to an April 2 party to celebrate their success and view a video featuring every first-grade bookworm.

Donna Mitchell and Denise Terkeltaub are the first-grade teachers. Fran Clay is Bryant Woods' reading specialist.

Ms. Mitchell's class also joins Carolyn Brunt's fifth-graders in meeting the goal of reading a book a week for five months. These students have earned a pizza party.

Wanted: Swansfield alumni

Where were you in '72?

If you attended Swansfield Elementary School in 1972, the year the school opened, some current fifth-graders would like to interview you for a research project.

Call Joanne Olchowski, Swansfield's teacher for gifted and talented programs, at 313-6907.

Bull, oyster roast

The Atholton High School Boosters know how to throw a party. Their annual "adults only" bull and oyster roast, complete with karaoke, casino games, live country music and entertainment by The King, will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Ellicott City Armory.

A $25 donation includes the entertainment and an all-you-can-eat buffet of pit beef, pork barbecue, raw oysters and clams, Italian sausage, Maryland crab soup and loads of side dishes and desserts.

Call 992-7270 or 792-4667.

Easter events

The Easter Bunny must be setting up a satellite office in west Columbia. Where else could he store all the eggs he'll be hiding over the next 10 days?

Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search is the site of an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $3.50. Call Jackie Felker at 730-4005.

Lord Lop Ears will be the host of a hunt at 4: 30 p.m. Tuesday at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice. The cost is $2, and advance registration is required. Call Cyndie Cota at 730-0770.

St. John Lutheran Church will hold a free community-wide Easter egg hunt for children of all ages at 10 a.m. April 6 at the Interfaith Center in Wilde Lake.

Call Karen Dubois at 730-2454 for more information, and bring your own basket.

And at 1 p.m. April 6, children ages 8 and younger can hunt for eggs at the Town Center Park on Vantage Point Road. The event is free, but call 730-4744 to register.

"Smile!" to Scotland

It's a fund-raising frenzy at Wilde Lake High School as parents, students and staff scramble to pull in the $25,000 needed to send the school's production of the musical "Smile!" to a performing arts festival this summer in Scotland.

That's what it will take just to mount the production. The trip will cost an additional $3,300 for each of the 38 students and 12 chaperones.

The show's supporters are washing cars, holding silent auctions and selling Tupperware, chocolate bars, pasta, T-shirts and tickets to the April 21 performance of "My Fair Lady" at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Town Center. The tickets are $30, the same price as at Toby's box office.

The high school students stand to make $2,000 toward their goal if they sell all 150 tickets set aside by the dinner theater.

Call Nancy Ralls at 997-5123 or Michelle Krieger at 964-2438 to reserve your ticket or to purchase the other products.

Town meeting topic

"Real Estate Values in Wilde Lake Today" is the topic of the April 11 town meeting sponsored by the Wilde Lake Revitalization Steering Committee.

Peggy Gallagher, vice president of Long & Foster Realty and a Realtor since 1972, will lead the discussion, along with fellow Realtors Mary Caldor and Jerry Boyer, home inspector Joe Burke and decorator Betty Chambers.

The 7: 30 p.m. meeting will be held at Slayton House. Call 730-3987 for information.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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