Rain forest mural graces cafeteria at Carrolltowne Elementary


October 28, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BRIGHTLY COLORED CREATURES are watching students at Carrolltowne Elementary School.

Several monkeys, birds and a leopard grace one wall of the cafeteria at the school, thanks to a muralist, the efforts of more than two dozen students, donations and a $2,400 grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The grant, secured by art teacher Linda Nordling, and donations from the school and the Carroll County Arts Council, enabled Carrolltowne to tap muralist Monique Goss, who is part of the state's Artist in Education Program. Artists visit schools to work with youngsters as artists-in-residence.

Interested fifth-graders at Carrolltowne were invited to submit sketches or drawings using the rain forest as a theme. Nordling chose the rain forest because of the many ways to incorporate the theme into a learning experience.

After reviewing the students' work, Goss chose portions of 28 to use in the mural. Those 28 students participated in the creation of the mural.

The mural "ended up being a much larger work than we originally planned," Nordling said. "It's just gorgeous. I'm so pleased with the way it's turned out."

Three small groups of students worked with Goss each day for more than two weeks. In addition to new creative skills, the students learned about endangered animals and plants in a rain forest.

As work on the mural progressed, the entire school was invited to participate in its naming. The student artists narrowed the choices and then voted to name their mural "Tropical Powers" -- an acknowledgment of the wonderful things in a rain forest.

A plaque is being made in recognition of the student artists and -- along with the mural -- will be dedicated in a few weeks.

Paint ball tourney

A steady rain kept spectators to a minimum, but the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of participants at the first Graveyard Paint Ball Tournament at SuperSports Sunday.

Seven teams of five players each competed in youth and novice divisions in the Eldersburg tournament.

A large playing field gave participants 36 bunkers and lots of places to hide as they played "speedball," a two-team game in which each tries to capture the other's flag.

Players and referees wore protective face masks as the teams tried to eliminate each other with small balls of unscented bath beads, shot from guns known as markers. Spectators were protected from the flying paint by a high mesh screen.

Paint ball has become quite popular with boys in our area. Members of a team called D.O.A. included three Carroll County youngsters.

Sykesville residents Danny Rathkamp, 11, and Shawn Hughes, 10, and Taneytown resident Garrett Naylor, 11, were joined by James Schultz, 13, and Doyle McComas, 10, both from Pasadena. The boys finished second in the youth division while being cheered by team mascot Donnie McComas, 6.

The boys were happy with their effort in their first tournament.

"The hardest thing is getting together a team that plays good," Doyle said.

During the fast-paced games, points are awarded for pulling the flag, advancing the flag, eliminating opposing players and for final flag position.

Tournament organizer Mark Hughes is hoping to hold four such tournaments a year. The next one is planned for spring.

Information: 410-549-9300.

Halloween alternative

Those seeking an alternative to the traditional trick-or-treating might find what they are looking for at St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church in Eldersburg.

St. Stephen's is holding its second Family Harvest Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 2275 Liberty Road.

The event features games, activities, hayrides, a bonfire, fellowship and a celebration atmosphere. There will be plenty of refreshments and candy prizes.

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. Costumes are optional; suggested themes are animals or historical figures. The event will be held rain or shine.

Information: 410-795-1249.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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