School mascot takes exchange trip to Australia


March 24, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANOR WOODS Elementary School's media specialist, Crystal Marshall, put her creativity to use in designing "Travel Buddies" -- a foreign exchange program for third-graders.

Australian students are paired with children from Manor Woods school. Then, each class sends a stuffed school mascot -- as a stand-in for a "real" exchange student -- to its exchange school.

The mascot carries a diary for children in the other school to record their activities and various souvenirs of its hometown.

The Manor Woods mascot, "Frederick," headed down under March 1 with Maryland maps, Baltimore Orioles memorabilia and a hollow crab shell.

Meanwhile, "Blinky Bill" the koala jetted its way to Manor Woods school.

This spring, "Bill" will attend classes, Scout meetings and soccer practice -- doing what a typical third-grader might.

"Frederick" will spend his days as an Australian 8-year-old might.

Interfaith Easter service

An interfaith sunrise Easter service will be held Sunday at Meadowridge Cemetery in Elkridge.

The six participating congregations are St. Laurence the Martyr Roman Catholic, Trinity Episcopal, Jessup Baptist, Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal, Christ the Servant Lutheran, and Wesley Chapel-Harwood United Methodist.

The service, which begins at 6 a.m., will be at the Christus statue in the cemetery.

Tents will be raised for inclement weather. Participants should park behind the new building.

Art at NationsBank

You can see St. John's Lane Elementary students' art at NationsBank in Ellicott City.

The students are:

Cindy Heiser, Bonnie Kuncl, Alex Bannerjee, Anthony Miles, Kellianne Wunk, Brooke Carlton, Connor Sullivan, Richard Williams, Katherine Blount, Elizabeth Arsenault, Tabatha Surma, Shatawn Rohobt, Courtney Reardon, Michelle Farquharson, Kim Reske, Eric Sudduth, Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Connie Cho, Kristen Noto, Bobby Hukmani, Random Cushing, Jordan Hupp, Jordan Coley, Nick Tamburrino, Wanda Murray, Kayla Shelton, Lisa Sun, Leah Cossentino, Jessica Buell, Joyce Kawamura, Archana Madhavan, Carlie Ridgley, Adonis Allen, Viraj Raiker, Brent Stover, Tom Walker, Kelsey Lein, Carla Serrano and Kelly Uebersax.

Elkridge dances

Elkridge Landing Middle School was represented at the recent Howard County Dance Festival by its dance team -- Sare Cole, Christa Federline, Ashley Naimaster, Sarah Hicks, Dawn Worley, Allison Weal, Kristi Williams, Michele Guiliano, Jordan Swain, Olivia Sackrin, Vanessa Luna and Danielle Terry.

Trinity's science fair

Trinity School, on Ilchester Road in Ellicott City, held a Science Fair late last month.

The fair's grand prize winners were Rachel Cosgray, grade one; Rachel Hall, grade five; Carrie Zauner, grade three; and Ashley Benedict, grade eight.

African-American history

Centennial Lane Elementary School celebrated African-American History Month by inviting doctors to speak to the older students.

Warlarda Edwards, past president of the National Medical Association, spoke at length about her medical practice.

Margaret Fountain, former health reporter for WMAR-TV (Channel 2), described her childhood belief that she could be a doctor.

Charles Howell, a nationally recognized liver specialist whose daughter attends fourth grade at the school, gave information on his specialty.

Students and staff agreed that this was a splendid salute to these professional leaders.

Pub Date: 3/24/97

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