WITH JUST A WEEK of classes under their belts, it might be hard to imagine that students have anything to cheer about. Most schoolchildren only think about heralding the end of the school year.
This year, for the first time, students at Piney Ridge Elementary School celebrated the beginning of a new year with a student and family "Back to School Picnic." The school's new principal, Ralph C. Viggiano, thinks it was a good way to begin.
"The picnic was a nice way of saying 'welcome back' to school. It was also a way for me to meet the community in a nice informal setting," said Viggiano.
The school provided hot dogs along with plenty of space for the school's 700-plus students and their families.
Invitations were sent home with children the first week of school.
The picnic was a huge success, with several hundred people attending.
Viggiano's wife, Elaine, explained the event this way: "Too often we celebrate the end of school. It's more appropriate that we celebrate and are eager to get back to learning."
Freedom Fun Day
The South Carroll Business Association is sponsoring a "Freedom Fun Day" on the grounds of the Sykesville- Freedom District Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The family focused event is free and open to the public. A flea market and craft show will continue throughout the day.
Entertainment is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Many local groups will perform, including students from the International Tae Kwon Do Karate Academy, a drama presentation by students of the Freedom recreation program and Freedom recreation dance students. Buttons the Clown, the state police K-9 corps and magician David French will be on hand.
Several musical groups, including the Westminster Municipal Band, September Song Revue and Prana, an alternative rock band, will perform.
Games, pony rides, a hot rod display and Blockbuster Video's Kidprint program, in which a videotape of your child can be made for emergency identification purposes, will be available the entire day.
New to the event is a dance at the fire hall from 8 p.m. to midnight. Music from the '50s will be provided by Kathie Martin and the Hot Rods. Beer and wine will be available. No one under 21 will be admitted. Tickets are $15. Information: 795-1259 or 781-4259.
Proceeds will be used to continue the South Carroll Business bTC Association's "Growing Beautiful Eldersburg" project.
Sock hop for soccer
Kids can get together with their school friends and dance the evening away at the first Sock Hop of the fall.
The Freedom FLASH, a boys Under-12 travel soccer team playing in the "A" division of the Carroll County Travel League, is sponsoring the hop from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Winfield Fire Hall. A disc jockey will provide the tunes. Snacks will be sold.
Youngsters in grades four through seven are invited to attend this well-chaperoned event. Admission is $3.
Information: Chris or Patti Smith, 549-6923.
Pub Date: 9/03/96