IT'S THE DAY children across Carroll County have been looking forward to all year, and the one parents have been dreading: the first day of summer vacation.
No matter how much wishing and hoping you do, the school bus won't turn down your street today to whisk your children off to the sanctuary of school.
Many parents and children will use today to ease into summer vacation.
Yes, it will feel good to sleep in this morning and be lazy. After months of checking homework, packing last-minute lunches and worrying about car-pool arrangements, the freedom to move through the day on your own schedule will seem like a long-awaited treat.
Soon, though, the novelty will wear off and parents will mark the days until the return of cooler weather and the familiar school routine. The kids will tire of pools, friends and vacations, and secretly wish for the return of school and the start of a new year.
Until then, 11 long, hot, "there's-nothing-to-do" weeks are all we have to look forward to.
Middle school has good year
The PTSO at Mount Airy Middle School is wrapping up a successful school year.
Because of a lot of hard work by parents, teachers and students, the PTSO purchased much-needed equipment for the school. A cash donation was made to the library.
Earlier this year, middle school students showcased their talents in a show that raised a sizable amount of money.
Future graduates were bid a fond farewell with a dance. Claire Morton, PTSO chairwoman, credited its success to the support from businesses, teachers, parents and staff.
PTSO has changes ahead
Mount Airy Middle School PTSO will see a change in its leadership in September when President Debi Baity steps down. Patti Hillmuth will succeed Baity. She will be assisted by Vice President Gail Dziorny.
Finishing his term as treasurer will be John Sheehan. He will be succeeded by Pat Arnold.
Cindy Waugh will return for another year as secretary.
Hillmuth credits the PTSO's success this year to the daily support offered by school secretary Grace Mason.
Three Mount Airy high school seniors will start college this fall with the help of $1,500 scholarships.
Winners of the American Legion Gold Star Post 191 scholarships are Jessica M. Etzler, Brent Roberts and Christopher Burch. They were selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, character, and school and community activities.
The Col. R. Etzler Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jessica M. Etzler, Etzler's granddaughter.
"I'm really proud. I just wish he was here to see it," Jessica said of her grandfather, a Pearl Harbor survivor and past officer of the post.
Jessica, daughter of Charles and Carolyn Etzler, also won a $1,000 scholarship from the legion's auxiliary, and a presidential scholarship from St. Mary's College, where she plans to major in biology. She is valedictorian at South Carroll High School.
Brent Roberts, a Linganore High School senior, was awarded the Post Commander Jack Weidman Memorial Scholarship. He is the son of Alan Roberts.
The Post Commander Elvin Helsel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Christopher Burch. He is a senior at Linganore High School and the son of Robert Burch.
Summer fun in the tropics
For most of us, summer vacations will be spent at the shore, at a mountain retreat or visiting relatives in our hometowns. A vacation in the tropics is a fantasy.
But not for our children. Woodbine Recreation Council is inviting children to spend "Summer in the Tropics," this summer's playground program.
Children ages 4 to 8 can enjoy a week of tropical fun, including summertime activities, games, arts and crafts and songs.
The summer playground runs from 9: 30 a.m. to noon July 15-19 at Mount Olive Education Building, Gillis Falls Road. The cost is ,, $23. The registration deadline is July 1.
Woodbine Recreation Council also is accepting registration for its swimming and bowling programs. Information: (410) 795-3332.
Sign up for soccer
Plan ahead and register your child to play fall soccer. Mount Airy Recreation Council is holding registration for its fall soccer programs for boys and girls from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Mount Airy Middle School.
Children in kindergarten through second grade may register for in-house and instructional soccer leagues. The cost is $25 per child. Traveling leagues are available for children in grades three through eight. The cost is $45.
Registrations also will be accepted by mail until June 15. Mail registration requests and appropriate fees to MARC, P.O. Box 1777, Mount Airy 21771. Information: 829-0683 or 829-1997.
Pub Date: 6/07/96