Art teacher bids farewell to students


February 28, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TODAY, MOUNT AIRY Middle School art teacher Elizabeth Fabritius will tell her students goodbye for the last time. Monday morning a new face will be greeting the students as they arrive for art class.

Retiring after teaching 11 years at the middle school, Fabritius is looking forward to spending the spring in her garden adjusting to retirement. Her other plans include traveling with her husband, doing volunteer work at church and pursuing her own artwork.

After receiving her teaching degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Minn., Fabritius began her teaching career in Anne Arundel County. The past 16 of her 32 years of teaching have been in Carroll County. She received her master's degree from Western Maryland College.

Anticipating the days ahead with no busywork and late nights grading papers, Fabritius says it's the students she'll miss most.

Fabritius also says she'll miss the opportunity that the Palate Club gave her to interact with her most creative students. The club was started by Fabritius to give talented young artists an additional outlet for their creative skills.

Charmayne Noonan will be Fabritius' replacement. This week, the two teachers have been team-teaching the art classes, in hopes of making the transition a smooth one for students.

'Writing buddies'

Beverly Hawkins' eighth-grade language arts students are sharing a writing and cultural experience through letters and videotapes with first-graders at a school in Baltimore.

This is the second year that the Mount Airy Middle School teacher has offered the writing project -- dubbed "writing buddies" -- to her students.

The middle school students each adopted a first-grader at Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School.

Introducing themselves to their buddies through letters and drawings, the students also must prepare a videotape, design a game and write a storybook personalized for each child.

In turn, the first-graders will send pictures they have drawn to their adopted middle school buddies.

The students will visit the Baltimore school in early May. At that time they will leave the games they designed and read their stories.

Hawkins teamed with first-grade teacher Susan Miller through the Maryland Writing Project.

Both teachers realized the potential for students from each school to benefit from the writing project.

Massage therapy

"Tuesdays are my best days," says RoseAnn Parenteau of Mount Airy. She's not referring to payday or a day off from work.

Instead, Parenteau looks forward to her regular appointment at Mount Airy Senior Center with massage therapist Janice Dullea.

The hourlong massage leaves Parenteau with a good feeling that lasts most of the day.

Most importantly to Parenteau, the massage provides her relief from the chronic, debilitating pain caused by the medical condition peripheral neuropathy.

Unable to flex or bend her toes and feet, Parenteau turned to massage therapy after other medical treatments proved useless.

"It's a luxury for me," she said. "I would survive without it, but it really helps me with my pain."

Dullea, an independent certified massage therapist for seven years, spends Tuesday afternoons at the senior center providing individualized massage to a group of senior clients.

While some of the seniors indulge in an occasional massage for the sheer luxury of relaxation, others use regular massage therapy for temporary relief from arthritis, headaches and other conditions. Tuesday, Dullea demonstrated self-massage techniques and exercises at the first meeting of the Arthritis Support Group.

The support group meets at 12: 30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the senior center.

The group discusses diet and nutrition, shares ideas and tips on living with arthritis, and has scheduled guest speakers.

For information on the Arthritis Support Group or to schedule a massage, call the center at (301) 829-2407.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 2/28/97

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