Children gather seniors' stories about holidays from the past

NEIGHBORS

December 11, 1996|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STUDENTS FROM two elementary schools have been learning about holidays in the past by visiting with the elderly at Winter Growth, an adult day care center in Harper's Choice.

"Bringing older adults and children together is such a natural, beautiful mesh," said Nancy Peterson, Winter Growth's program director.

Last Friday, a group from Longfellow Elementary School, led by teacher Elaine Mezeivtch, visited the center.

They strung popcorn and cranberries to decorate a tree, decorated cookies made by the seniors and shared a snack.

Students from the school's gifted-and-talented program interviewed the seniors on how holidays were celebrated when they were children.

Peterson provided antique toys to show the children.

Seniors participating in the program were Emma Wall, Helen Smith, Lottie Bierman, Dorothy McGee, Ethel Koerner and Dottie Crompton.

Student participants were Hadass Kogan, Mollie Elicker, Caroline Nam, Elizabeth Johnson, Eric Fair, Tiffany Henderson, Scarlette Coleman, James Ridgeway, Alex Bone, Austin Evelyn and Katie Rose.

In late November, a group of fourth-graders from the gifted-and-talented program at Swansfield Elementary School visited Winter Growth to interview the seniors about how they celebrated Thanksgiving in the past.

The visit was "enlightening" for the students, said Joann Olchowski, the teacher who accompanied the group.

Winter Growth participants included Sarah Matthews, Marnell Shadrick, Frank Satkiewicz, Nora Hammer, Dottie Crompton and Mildred Rose.

The student visitors were Kaitlyn Ames, John Christon, Ross Crosby, Kevin Dubois, Dennis Liou, Bridget Pollock, Rebecca Schindler, Carmen Fanzone, Elizabeth Jensen and Alex Brown.

Debaters at Wilde Lake

Several Wilde Lake High School students won awards last Saturday at a speech and debate tournament, sponsored by the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League.

Junior John Gu and sophomore Jeff Treem received certificates of superiority in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Each finished first in three rounds of one-on-one debate.

Three students won certificates of excellence for extemporaneous speech. Sophomore Carl Szabo won first place in two rounds, while juniors Pat Nugent and Jeff Turner each took first place in one round.

In this category, students pick from three topics and have 30 minutes to write a seven-minute speech.

Junior Olisa Aber, who attended the league's national tournament in Topeka, Kan., last spring, placed first in two rounds of oral interpretation of literature.

Students from 25 public and private schools in the Baltimore area participated in the tournament.

Howard County competitors included students from Centennial and Mount Hebron high schools.

This was the first time that Wilde Lake's speech and debate team (social studies teacher Gerry Conlon, moderator) was host for a league tournament.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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