Remembering Trish Rayeski, promising special ed teacher


April 17, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN TRISH Rayeski joined the faculty of Glenelg High School as a special education teacher in 1995, she was full of hope and promise.

Rayeski, a quiet woman of 24, died early Friday morning of injuries she received in a car accident in Glenelg on April 10.

At Glenelg High, she worked hard and took a serious interest in her students.

As she followed her students' progress, she constantly asked their academic subject teachers about the students' successes.

"She was an enthusiastic teacher who enjoyed her teaching and was able to transmit that to her kids. She was a very warm and caring person," science teacher Rick Kincaid said.

Marcy Boteler, secretary to Glenelg's principal, remembered Rayeski as "a positive person who always gave 110 percent with a smile. She had a can-do attitude in a difficult job. Everyone thought well of her, and we'll all miss her very much."

Glenelg's Assistant Principal Linda Wise said that a school system crisis-intervention team arrived at Glenelg early Friday to help students and staff deal with their grief.

The team, which Wise said helped many at the school, will continue to be available to the Glenelg High School community.

Wise also reported that the school will appoint a committee of students and staff to plan a permanent memorial to Rayeski, who was buried in her hometown of Plymouth, Pa., on Monday.

Music, dancing, fun

One of the community's newest "traditions" takes place Saturday.

It's the Seniors' Senior Prom.

Glenelg High School's National Honor Society members and local senior citizens will join together at 7 p.m. for an evening of music, dancing and fun.

The three-hour dance that bridges generations is co-sponsored by WeCARE -- the Western Community Action to Reach the Elderly and the Howard County Office on Aging, Western Howard County Senior Center.

Couples and singles are welcome.

Call Betty Frey at 410-313-5440 to register and for information about transportation.

People loving trees

At Mount View Middle School, the Outdoor Forestry Group -- and teacher Lorraine Quinn of the program for gifted and talented students -- received the 1996 PLANT (People Loving and Nurturing Trees) Community Award.

The students, who will also sponsor Mount View's Earth Day Celebration on April 22, were recognized for their work enhancing Maryland forests in the past year.

Seventh- and eighth-graders -- who designed and maintain the school's wetlands site -- make up the Outdoor Forestry Group.

Spring yard sale

Look for bargains at Poplar Springs United Methodist Church's Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, rain or shine.

Church members will sponsor a food table and a baked-goods table.

You may rent a space to sell your wares or browse.

The church is at 915 E. Watersville Road in Poplar Springs.

Call 410-489-7185.

Children's work

Several young artists have work on display at the new Children's Care Center of Howard County General Hospital.

Winners of the Children's Art Contest include third-grader Lauren Capps of Bushy Park Elementary School, sixth-graders Christy Chillson and Sarah Knighton-Wisor of Glenwood Middle School, and fifth-graders Rose DiFerdinando and Jessica Walker West Friendship Elementary School.

Happy anniversaries

Happy anniversary to Ben and Mary Slagle of Woodbine -- who celebrated their 56th anniversary March 15 -- and to Frank and Vivian McCullough, also of Woodbine -- who celebrated anniversary No. 57 March 25.

Talent auction

Lisbon United Methodist Church will hold a Talent Auction at 6: 30 p.m. Sunday, with Brice Ridgely of Mount Airy as auctioneer.

Join church members to bid for more than 50 items, ranging from chocolate chip cookies to fishing trips, baby sitting, Italian dinners and oil changes.

Profits help support the church's work at Camp Hope.

Call 410-489-7245.

Golf for the riding center

Golfers are signing up to play in the second annual Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center golf tournament May 5 at Cattail Creek Country Club.

The Albright Foundation sponsors the event and invites you -- and your company -- to join it in playing golf or as a sponsor.

Information: 410-489-5100.

Cancer screenings

In recognition of Cancer Control Month in April, take advantage of Howard County General Hospital's free screenings April 26 at the Wellness Center at Inwood village center, in Glenwood.

Hospital urologists will conduct prostate cancer screenings -- including PSA blood tests -- from 9 a.m. until noon.

Colorectal cancer screening kits will be available for $6 at the Wellness Center that day, or from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through April 25.

To make an appointment: 410-740-7750

Take advantage of more free health screenings and lectures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3. The center will offer blood pressure and glucose-level screenings, a breast self-examination demonstration, a discussion of nutritional needs and weight-loss goals, a hearing screening, height and weight measurements, and podiatry screenings and oral cancer screenings.

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