WE'VE WATCHED ITS construction for the past 18 months or more and as the Jan. 21 opening of the new Oklahoma Road Middle School draws closer, folks in Eldersburg are curious about the school's interior.
Students, parents and residents are invited to visit the new facility for tours before the school's official opening.
Principal Larry H. Barnes, Assistant Principal Cathy Hood and several students will conduct tours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Tours also will follow a parent meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.
The interior of the 108,000- square-foot building has been completed and inspected. In the spring, athletic fields will be ready for use and landscaping will be completed.
The school is scheduled to open with 677 students transferred from Sykesville Middle School. These students will choose the school's colors and its mascot.
Thirty-two teachers have been assigned to Oklahoma Road Middle.
The school will continue on the same schedule as Sykesville Middle. The school day will begin at 8: 35 a.m. and end at 3: 10 p.m.
Dr. King celebration
The South Carroll Religious Leaders hope our winter weather will continue to cooperate for their Interfaith Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The public is invited to attend the annual event, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Community on Liberty Road. The snow date will be Jan. 19.
The group has planned a stimulating and thought- provoking evening in memory of King. The event will begin with a potluck supper and will include round-table discussions and singing by area choirs.
The Rev. Hedy Drummond, pastor at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Brunswick, Frederick County, will speak.
The Rev. Brian Jackson, pastor at St. Luke's Church in Sykesville and Mount Gregory United Methodist in Cooksville, is a member of the committee that planned the celebration.
"We will discuss questions relative to the vision of Dr. King," Jackson said. "This portion of the event was one of the highlights last year. Some of the most mind-boggling and attention- drawing comments were from some of the young people present."
Those planning to attend should bring a dish to share as well as their dinnerware. Donations of nonperishable food will be collected on behalf of Carroll County Food on Sunday.
After covering the event's expenses, an offering will be donated to ESCAPE Inc., a nonprofit group that assists needy families.
Pub Date: 1/07/97