Field trip for French class may also aid in geography

Neighbors

September 24, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOM, I NEED $350 for a field trip," my son mentioned one night.

Where could he possibly be going that would cost $350? I was afraid to ask.

"Canada. My French class is going to that part of Canada that's real close to France," he said.

Sighing, I made a mental note to tape episodes of "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" for forced viewing during Glen Burnie High's assorted lunch periods.

"I was sure you'd let me go since you're always saying world travel is what made you the woman you are today," he said with a hint of sarcasm.

OK, I may have embellished the truth, but I can honestly say my visit to Disney's EPCOT Center was as close as one could get to world travel without addressing the challenge of foreign restroom facilities.

In truth, my foreign travel was limited to a trip to Mexico when I was 12. I still have a souvenir photo of myself in a serape, wearing a sombrero inscribed "Tijuana" and sitting astride a burro. In hindsight, the experience was probably not only an inaccurate reflection of the culture, it was tacky. "Mom, you've provided a mental picture I'll never forget, but I still need money for the trip," he said.

Writing the check, I couldn't help but wonder how many burro photos $350 could buy.

Say cheese, Glen Burnie.

Karate festival

It's martial arts with a message at the "1997 Swords of Heaven Karate Festival," noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the hall of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, Crain Highway at Second Avenue.

L Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for youths 12 and younger.

The exhibition spotlights a karate program that offers an unusual blend of martial arts instruction and Christian religion, said instructor Mike Grugan.

An avid martial arts fan since he was a child, Grugan teaches a classic form of Tai Kwon Do, as well as an eclectic style of self-defense. Grugan said he tries to instill in his students a personal belief that they can accomplish anything through God. He brought his message to Glen Burnie United Methodist and asked for help setting up a base for his school: Swords of Heaven.

Classes meet every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For information about weekly classes or Saturday's tournament, call Grugan at 410-525-8325.

School support

The start of the school year also signals the availability of assistance and support for parents of students attending county public and private schools through the Family Involvement Center, 330 Oak Manor Drive.

These programs are scheduled at the center for the Glen Burnie feeder system:

"Rainbows & Spectrum," teen support group for those who experienced a loss, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning tonight, through Jan. 21.

"Early Childhood STEP" (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting), 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3.

"1-2-3 Magic," a parent discussion group on child discipline, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8.

"PET -- Parent Effectiveness Training," 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 through Nov. 20.

"Is Higher Education Out of Reach?" 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 16.

"Understanding Special Education for Parents of Preschoolers," 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 and 23.

Additional classes are available at area schools:

"1-2-3 Magic" parent discussion group on child discipline, 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, Glendale Elementary School, 105 Carroll Road.

"Building Responsibility in Your Child," 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 30, Marley Elementary School, 201 Marley Station Road.

"Reading and Writing Is a Home/School Partnership," 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Marley Elementary.

"Parents and Students as Scientist" offers tutoring for middle school math, 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 14 and Nov. 1, Corkran Middle School, 7600 Quarterfield Road.

Information: 410-222-6429.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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