Students like to stay after school for PTA's computer classes


March 14, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOUNT AIRY Elementary fifth-grader Jessica McCracken had so much fun in the fall session of the after-school computer class that she couldn't wait to enroll for a second session.

Now, sorry to see the winter session of classes soon coming to an end, Jessica is extremely proud of her keyboard skills and the improvement she has made during the six weeks of afternoon classes.

Jessica, with 14 other fourth- and fifth-graders, is all too happy to stay after school Tuesday afternoons. They get to do what they like best -- work in the computer lab.

Sponsored by the school's PTA, the after-school computer classes offer the students extra time to explore the world of computers, grasp computer terminology and understand computer parts and work on typing skills. Parent volunteer Vicki Stroup is chairwoman for the classes.

The classes are taught by South Carroll High School students Kari Stroup and Charles Paisie.

During the hourlong class, a short lesson is presented, students practice typing and are given free time to play games.

Kari says that the children seem to enjoy playing games the most.

She also says that it's especially gratifying to see students who want to take the class for a second time.

Charles hopes to pursue a career in computers and comes to each class armed with an assortment of computer parts that the children can examine. He shows them what the inside of a computer looks like, as well as a hard drive, modem, disk and what a computer chip is.

Encouraged by his father to sign up for the class to improve his typing, fifth-grader Rob Etzler likes the class "because it's not boring, it's fun. We get to pick any game we want to play."

Rob also enjoys having Kari and Charles for class instructors. "They're more fun, and they get into it. They understand us better, because they're not grown-ups."

Mural artist selected

A bare, weathered retaining wall in the heart of Mount Airy's downtown soon will be covered in a historical mural depicting the street as it might have looked 100 years ago.

Marie Cardany spent more than a month researching and planning the mural and is set to begin painting as soon as weather permits.

The Mount Airy resident recently was selected by the town's beautification commission after submitting a proposal outlining the details of the project and the artist's experience.

A free-lance artist, Cardany has had considerable experience in restoration and painting of exterior walls. She has developed techniques and has a broad knowledge of exterior materials useful in restoring and painting outside surfaces.

Adjacent to the old Town Hall at Park Avenue and South Main Street, the wall is triangular, reaching 7 feet at its highest.

Hoping for some historical punch, Cardany plans to incorporate in the mural local historical themes significant to the town's start. The street scene will have references to Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the local train depot, as well as the insurance business that was housed in the adjacent building at the turn of the century.

The beautification commission, chaired by Liz Peterson, originated the project in the hopes of brightening and beautifying an otherwise plain, old concrete wall in Mount Airy's downtown business district.

Lions Fellow

Bill Krantz of Mount Airy Lions Club recently was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International Foundation in recognition of his 49 years of membership and his commitment to serving the world community.

The award is the foundation's highest honor, which is named after the founder of Lions Club International.

Spring fling

Planning has begun for the second annual Mount Airy Spring Fling to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17. The event is sponsored by the town's beautification commission.

The downtown business area will be the center for the festivities, which will include crafts, business and nursery displays, children's games, storytelling, fire prevention and recreation information.

Liz Peterson, chairwoman, hopes for a repeat of last year's successful Spring Fling.

Vendor spaces are available to rent for $20. Reservations must be confirmed by April 30. Information: Town Hall, 301-829-1424.

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

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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