Exchange students help Spanish, history come alive at Atholton

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September 25, 1996|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HISTORY AND Spanish are coming alive at Atholton High School this month as the school welcomes a group of 22 students and their escort from Zamora, Spain.

The Spanish teen-agers, who arrived Sept. 6 and are staying at the homes of Atholton students, have been kept busy attending classes with their hosts and visiting tourist sites.

The visit is a first for Atholton, although the school has an exchange program with a sister city in Japan.

"All our Spanish classes are filled to the max," said Principal Roger Plunkett.

"We saw this visit as an opportunity to learn from people who speak the language."

Atholton students have learned about life in Spain, where there fTC are few home computers and faxes are a rarity. The Spanish students have toured monuments and museums in Washington and historic sites in Annapolis and Fort McHenry.

Plunkett said the Spanish students enjoyed The Mall in Columbia.

The visitors have spent several days at Atholton and one day at River Hill High School. Tomorrow morning, they are to go to Running Brook Elementary School to tutor students in Spanish. They will depart Friday morning.

Candee Brodsky, head of the Spanish department, is coordinating the program. She is also serving as host for Natalia Carbajosa, the visitors' escort.

Serving as host students are Kiros Auld, Kumhee Bae, Sylvia Lin, Brian Barth, Marcia Clay, Tara Sullivan, Eric Goldscher, Aimee Koch, Maggie Sheer, Chris Stafford, Kamesha Parker, Tim Hartman, Tiffany Harvey, Holly Maggio, Kris Marrion, Jill Norman, Fabiola Ortiz, Shimul Patel, Rachael Sanford, Mala Sardana, Terri Scull, Steven Waddy, Janice Sawyer, Neal Sinha and Tim Winters.

The visit was arranged by the International Education Forum, a nonprofit exchange program based in New York. It was coordinated locally by John Allen of Ellicott City, who also is host to one of the students.

Group to fight drugs

Parents concerned about substance abuse among teen-agers are invited to a meeting from 7 to 9 o'clock tonight at Wilde Lake High School. Participants will organize the school's branch of the Eastern Coalition Against Substance Abuse.

"We are concerned about drug and alcohol use among students," said Liz Factor, a parent who organized the school's Chem-Free graduation party last year.

"Chem-Free is not just a graduation trip," she said. "It needs to be something that starts with the freshmen. The graduation trip is the culmination."

The coalition, which began at Oakland Mills High School, educates the community about substance abuse and provides support for parents' efforts to address the problem.

Activities include publishing a newsletter and providing speakers for schools.

Factor noted that parents at Wilde Lake have been working on different aspects student drug use. Tonight's meeting is an attempt "to pull our efforts together," she said.

Army band to perform

If you act quickly, you still can make a reservation for the free concert by the U.S. Army Field Band at 7 p.m. Sunday at historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

But don't expect martial music; the performance will include jazz vocals and a variety of instrumental numbers.

After the concert, you can enjoy coffee and desserts by Classic Endings, also free of charge. Help the hostess plan for dessert by calling 730-4744.

Open space on agenda

Adding play meadows to development plans for Pointers Run will be discussed at the next meeting of the River Hill Village Board, to be held at 8 p.m. Monday in the village meeting room.

Denis Ellis, assistant director of Open Space Management for the Columbia Association, will attend.

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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