Students' art adorns Children's Care Center

Neighbors

April 02, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ARTWORK BY students from two west Columbia elementary schools has been chosen for permanent display in the new Children's Care Center at Howard County General Hospital.

The children and their families were invited to view the show at a reception last Thursday at the hospital.

The nine-bed center, which combines facilities for emergency, observation and inpatient care, opened Monday.

Schools throughout the county submitted artwork on the Maryland shore motif selected by the hospital.

Twenty-six pieces representing 13 schools were selected.

Most depict brightly colored fish. A few are beach scenes. Each piece is framed and labeled with the artist's name and school.

A pastel drawing of fish swimming in seaweed, created by fifth-grader Reva Eskinazi of Bryant Woods Elementary School, hangs in treatment Room 2.

A sketch of a bright yellow fish above green seaweed and a purple shell, drawn by second-grader Heather Johnson of Swansfield Elementary School, decorates Room 165.

Drawings of three fish -- combined in one frame -- represent the efforts of Swansfield second-grader Chelsie Moss and third-graders Jarod Flagg and Sara Nash. It hangs in the hallway.

Also adorning the hall are sketches by second-grader Olivia Bobrowsky and fifth-grader Kaili Darbouze, both of Swansfield.

Each of the student artists was recognized at the ceremony, and presented with a Lucite starfish.

Also attending the reception were members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 1911.

The group, which meets at Swansfield Elementary School, donated part of its cookie fund money last year to the children's center.

Bringing home the gold

Members of Howard County Special Olympics basketball teams wrapped up their season by winning individual and team medals in recent statewide competitions.

Clary's Forest resident Bucky Buchanan won a gold medal as a member of Howard County's five-a-side team at the 1997 Maryland Special Olympics Basketball Tournament.

The competition was held March 16 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Buchanan was one of two athletes who carried the county banner in opening ceremonies at the tournament.

Randi Peneburgh, whose parents, Abby and Joel, own The Pub in the Wilde Lake village center, brought home a gold medal as a member of the county's three-a-side team.

Marques Johnson, also of Clary's Forest, won a bronze medal for individual basketball skills in the qualifying tournament, held March 8 in Western Maryland.

A luncheon to close the season was held at The Pub on March 24.

Friends helping friends

Students from Glenelg Country School's advanced Spanish class have begun weekly visits to six Spanish-speaking first- and second-graders at Running Brook Elementary School.

After having lunch together, the students spend recess playing games, reading books -- in Spanish and English -- and speaking each other's languages.

The high school students began visiting Running Brook in February, and will continue through spring, as part of the Active Citizenship Training Program at Glenelg.

Meeting with the teen-agers are Leonel Martinez, Guadalupe Carillo, Elmer Avila, Claudia Carillo, Adrian Garcia and Melvin Valdas.

Marion Miller, assistant principal at Running Brook, explained that the Running Brook students come from Spanish-speaking families and are not always comfortable expressing themselves at school, where most students are native English speakers.

Meeting with the Glenelg students gives them an opportunity to talk to other young people in Spanish, and also provides companionship.

In turn, the younger students help the teen-agers with Spanish pronunciation and vocabulary.

"This experience with the Glenelg students gives the Running Brook children confidence to speak, both in English and in Spanish," said Miller. "It's thrilling for the little ones to be on the giving end, instead of receiving all the time," she added.

Several Running Brook students are also meeting with students from Glenelg to work on reading, writing and math skills.

Participating from Running Brook are Brandon Powell, Kaiton Parkinson, Camilla Jenkins, Vontraya Dixon, Patrice Robinson, Katherine Wallace, Thomas Edwards and Darius Ellison.

An evening of excellence

High school teachers and students were honored for outstanding achievement last week at the 16th annual Evening of Excellence, held at Howard Community College.

The event was sponsored by the Howard County Board of Education, Howard Community College and the college's Educational Foundation.

One teacher from each of the county's high schools was honored for excellence in teaching.

Recognition went to Atholton High School's Marie A. Boston, who teaches earth science, chemistry and scientific research, and to Wilde Lake High School's Roxie Watson, teacher of American government and world history.

Outstanding seniors at each high school were recognized for academic achievement.

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