A Parent Welcome program and support for special needs


November 20, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"NOW BEFORE YOU get all upset, I can explain," he said, entering the room, report card in hand. "I've talked to some other kids and we're pretty sure there was a mistake in the computer."

So much for the "good student" discount on our car insurance, I thought grimly.

He shook his head, trying just a little too hard for the "earnest and sincere" look.

"I was shocked," he continued. "Here I was thinking I'm doing B work. OK, it was a low B or maybe even a high C but at the very worst a low C. Then I open my report card and . . ."

His voice trailed off, barely able to contain his distress over the public schools.

"Yet just when I begin to anguish over my less than satisfactory grade point average, I force myself to think of the disappointment my teachers must feel, having failed to inspire me in my quest for knowledge," he said sadly.

But I had stopped listening. I was on my way to the driveway.

Anyone need a slightly used "My child is an honor student at Glen Burnie High" bumper sticker?

Parent Welcome

Parents of students participating in the "HOSTing Bright Futures" project at Marley Middle School are invited to a "Parent Welcome" program, 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. today.

Guidance counselors Pat Atkins and Joan Dempsey will be joined by parent presenters Pam Parks and Lois Jackson to provide information about the program which provides support for children to succeed in school and beyond.

The school is at 7730 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Information: 761-0934.

Support group

Marley Glen Special School will conduct a support group for parents of children with special needs from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 200 Scott Ave.

Information: 222-6940.

Block watch

Members of the Glen Burnie Block Watch of Glen Gardens are encouraged to attend the organization's annual business meeting, 7: 30 p.m. tonight at Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road.

Paul Heck, group president, will address his proposed agenda for the next years as well as tentative changes to the bylaws.

Information: 761-8817.

Block parents

Keeping children safe is the priority of the Glendale Block Parent Committee. To assist with that goal, parents and grandparents of Glendale Elementary students are asked to volunteer to become a block parent.

The home of a block parent displays an orange-and-black sign with a distinctive open hand symbol signaling a haven for children walking to and from school. Volunteers are asked to provide neighborhood children with a safe place to stay in the event they feel threatened while on the street.

For an application to become a block parent, call Vicki Arnold, 761-1704.

Collecting presents

With the holiday season almost upon us, young Amber Coffman and her Happy Helpers For the Homeless are sponsoring their fourth annual Christmas present collection.

Suggested gift items include towel and wash cloth sets, winter hats, gloves and scarves, tote bags, thermal underwear, sweat suits, socks, toys for ages 10 and under, colognes and meal certificates.

Last year, Happy Helpers distributed more than 800 gifts to 300 homeless people.

Distribution to Glen Burnie citizens is scheduled for Dec. 14 and in Baltimore on Dec. 22.

Call 766-4973.

Fruitcake sale

The Civitan Club of Glen Burnie kicked off its annual holiday fruitcake sale last week selling the holiday treats through area businesses.

The 1-pound cakes are sold individually for $3.25 or in packages of three for $9.75.

Proceeds from the sale benefit members of the community with mental or physical challenges.

Cakes can be purchased at branches of the Bank of Glen Burnie, area NationsBanks, Hein Brothers and the Empire Towers Barber Shop.

Information: Jerry Falkenstine, 761-0920.

Pub Date: 11/20/96

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