Puppets come to life for students through KinderSingers' act


February 21, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOUNT AIRY Elementary School students were treated to visits by Silly Goose, Rufus the Reluctant Dragon and Funky Monkey on Wednesday afternoon.

The puppet visitors seemed to magically come to life through silly songs, storytelling and ventriloquism during Val and Pam KinderSingers' performance of Animal in Action. The show was presented to the kindergarten, first- and second-grade students as part of the Cultural Arts Program sponsored by the school's PTA.

Doing the Dino Dance, the kids boogied to a rock 'n' roll tune about dancing dinosaurs.

Val and Pam, dressed in identical red and white costumes with yellow suspenders and red shoes, gave a high-energy performance that mesmerized the young audience.

From Monkton, in Baltimore County, Valerie Leonhart Smalkin and Pam Minor have been performing children's music professionally for 10 years.

They met years ago in their church choir. Their first performance was at their children's nursery school. Since then, they have been performing at schools, festivals, churches and events throughout the state.

Val and Pam are trained musicians. Val is a jazz musician-turned-lawyer, and Pam was a member of several musical groups, including the Young Americans. They are working on a new television show, "It's Kindertime," which is set to air in October on WMAR-TV (Channel 2).

Student help adds up

Multiplication, subtraction, decimals, fractions and word problems added up in a big way during Winfield Elementary School's recent Math-A-Thon.

Last month, 333 elementary students worked on thousands of mathematical problems to raise $16,280 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Kelly Tyree, teacher and math committee chairman at the school, organized the fund-raiser in which students in grades one through five participated. This is the first year that a Math-A-Thon was held at the school.

Supplied with a math workbook appropriate for his or her grade level, each student worked up to 250 math problems at home during a week. Workbooks were checked for accuracy by parents. Students collected pledges based on the number of correct problems they completed.

Fifth-grader Ricky Warner collected the most money in pledges, $420.

Tyree had hoped to raise a couple of thousand dollars for the hospital while integrating academics and family involvement. Tyree was excited with the amount raised and the level of involvement by the children.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been sponsoring the Math-A-Thon since 1979, with an average of 50,000 schools nationwide participating each year. The money raised goes toward cancer research and patient treatment.

Church classes

St. James Episcopal Church has put out the welcome mat this weekend for a guest.

An open invitation is extended to people of all faiths to meet, talk and listen to the 13th bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, the Right Rev. Robert W. Ihloff.

Ihloff has scheduled two biblical teachings for the weekend. An informal teaching will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow. A second teaching will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a #F worship service. Additionally, a biblical teaching for children will be held at 9: 30 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 202 N. Main St.,

Mount Airy.

Information: (301) 829-0325.

College scholarships

Mount Airy American Legion Post 191 has approved a new academic scholarship named in honor of past post commander Sam Jewell. This brings the number of scholarships offered by the post to four.

Each scholarship is $1,500. In addition, scholarships are offered by the post's auxiliary unit and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron. Applications are available from the guidance office at South Carroll High. The completed application and documentation must be submitted to the post by April 1.

Information: Andy Mason, (301) 829-1455.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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