Memorial service for kindergarten teacher is April 13


March 05, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER Jean Odesky "made the students at our school her children," recalls former Principal Jackie Lazarewicz.

"The school was her life."

Odesky, who retired from Clemens Crossing Elementary School last year because of ill health, died Feb. 15 of cancer.

The funeral service was held Feb. 19 in Ohio, where relatives of her husband, Marvin, live.

A memorial service for Odesky will be held at 3 p.m. April 13 at Clemens Crossing.

Plans call for a tree planting and a plaque dedicating the school's kindergarten room to her.

Odesky started teaching kindergarten at Clemens Crossing when the school opened in February 1979.

Lazarewicz worked with Odesky for 11 years as assistant principal and later as principal of Clemens Crossing. She said Odesky was respected by students and parents. She got to know the families of her students, and often attended the high school soccer games of her former students.

They, in turn, came back to see her at Clemens Crossing.

Odesky was known for her mentoring of new teachers as well as high school and college students interested in teaching.

Students from Atholton High School worked with her as part of their community service requirement.

A dog lover, Odesky was fond of sharing dog stories.

In her last year of teaching, Odesky used a wheelchair, "but she was always upbeat," Lazarewicz said.

Hidden creatures

If your children have enjoyed the hands-on sculptures of cats and rabbits in the children's section of the Howard County Central Library, they can now meet the sculptor who created them.

Clary's Forest resident John Bartley will present samples of his work, and describe how he makes the sculptures at 7 p.m. March 20 at the library.

The program is called "From Rock to Rabbit: Finding the Hidden Creatures in Wood and Stone."

Bartley is an architect who retired in 1982 to pursue a lifelong desire to study sculpture.

He works in wood, stone and clay.

He recently exhibited several of his pieces at the East Columbia library.

Bartley describes the carved animal sculptures at the central library as "please touch pieces."

For these sculptures, he said, "the sense of touch is almost as important as sight."

Children -- ages 8 and older -- and adults are invited to his presentation.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and may be done in person or by phone, 313-7880.

Students play leaders

Twelve students from Atholton High School had the chance to portray senators, representatives and other political leaders at the Harvard Model Congress in Boston from Feb. 20 to 23.

More than 1,200 students from around the country attended the session -- the 12th in a series of government simulations organized by students at Harvard University.

Participating from Atholton were Aimee Koch, Maggie Sheer, Dan Kurland, Josh Schimel, Adam Severt, Eric Schwartz, Mikaela Rossman, Sean Buckley, Mike Reynold, Katie Nardinelli, Joe Markson and Dan Singer.

History teacher Ken Rucker led the delegation.

Most of the Atholton students played members of Congress, but Mikaela Rossman portrayed a reporter.

Senior Aimee Koch took the role of Pierre Salinger, press secretary to President John F. Kennedy, on the historical committee -- a new feature of this year's congress.

The committee replayed policy debates of the 1960s, such as the Cuban missile crisis and the passage of a civil rights act.

Down the bunny trail

Four west Columbia villages are planning Easter parties.

Dorsey's Search Community Association will hold an Easter egg hunt from 12: 30 p.m. to 1: 30 p.m. March 22 at Linden Hall. Tickets are $3.50 each and must be purchased in advance at Linden Hall.

Harper's Choice Community Association will hold an Easter celebration at 4 p.m. March 27 at Kahler Hall. Information: 730-0770.

Wilde Lake Community Association will hold an Easter egg hunt from 10: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. March 29 on the Wilde Lake Village Green. Tickets are $3 each, and must be purchased in advance at Slayton House.

The Town Center Community Association will hold an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. March 29 at Town Center Park on Vantage Point Road.Information: 730-4744.

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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