Charles Carroll pupils, teachers celebrate spirit with fun attire


February 24, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOMETHING WACKY was afoot at Charles Carroll Elementary School last week. Students filed into the school from their buses, teachers waited to teach classes everything seemed OK at first glance.

But, upon closer inspection, everyone was dressed with their clothing backward, and inside out. Wednesday was Spirit Day at the school -- another way to keep students excited about coming to learn.

"The students get a real charge out of it," Principal Richard Huss said, "especially when the teachers and staff participate."

Huss said the school had been celebrating Spirit Day for "several years now. We do something fun about once a month, on a rotating basis. We have a shades day [for sunglasses], hat day, twins day [where friends dress alike] and clash day.

"There's nothing funnier to the kids than coming in and seeing their teacher in a big polka-dotted tie and checkered shirt, their clothing all mismatched," he said.

"I changed in the bathroom," fourth-grader Vince Sparacino said. His mom, Cindy Sparacino, readily acknowledged that she forgot about the plan, an oversight her son quickly rectified.

"I look like a bird," Vince said with a laugh, "with my inside-out pockets flapping like wings."

A honey of a festival

From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, the 11th annual Maple Sugaring Festival will be held at Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster. The festival celebrates the American tradition of tapping the trunks of sugar maple trees, collecting the sap, and boiling it into maple syrup.

According to Mary Leppo, staff worker at Hashawha, one of the (( biggest attractions has been the Native American sugaring exhibit that features American Indian lore relating to maple sugaring.

"But the free hayrides are popular, too," Leppo added, "and the petting zoo, and the blacksmith ."

Festival visitors can watch as experts tap the trees for sap. A taste-testing and pancake brunch will be held from 10: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The brunch costs $2.75.

Leppo said that food and crafts are the only expenses at this day of fun. Tole art, calligraphy, scrimshaw and other art forms will be featured.

The festival will include exhibits, movies, and food concessions featuring barbecue, soups, hot dogs, pancakes, cupcakes and vanilla ice cream with maple syrup topping.

While you are at Hashawha Environmental Center, you may want to drive across the way to Bear Branch Nature Center. Bear Branch will also be in the celebration mode with an open house.

At Bear Branch, a children's theater group will present the play "The Leopard With a Noisy Drum" at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Consignment sale

First United Presbyterian Church of Westminster, 65 Washington Road, will hold a Kid's Consignment Sale from 7 a.m. to noon March 15. The sale is to benefit the Christian preschool and kindergarten and will feature children's clothing, baby equipment and maternity wear.

Information: 239-3069.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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