Jeffers Hill pupils seek traveling hosts for stuffed toy's journey


November 11, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the community column of yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun, it was incorrectly stated that "Voices 2000" -- produced by Hammond High School drama teacher Melissa Davis and her students -- was the production of another school. Performances will be held in the Hammond High School auditorium at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Sun regrets the error.

WHAT IS small, fits into a corner of your briefcase or luggage, and is your personal link to a Jeffers Hill Elementary third-grade student?

Answer: a "stuffed traveler."

Teacher Eileen Engle is encouraging her students to find traveling hosts who would enjoy reporting on a small stuffed toy's travels.


The traveling host can send postcards, pictures or letters describing adventures to the Jeffers Hill children -- all on behalf of the traveling toy companion.

Adult travelers may even pass their small passengers on to another voyager -- one who might have a different itinerary.

Yes, it is educational. Fun, too.

Imagination and the written word can give a student the experience of being a "schoolroom traveler."

Sign up for this opportunity to make your journey really special. Volunteer hosts for the toy correspondents are asked to call 410-313-6872.

Neighborhood scholars

Many east Columbia students are busy with studies as well as community activities.

Hammond High graduate Sarah Swafford has been awarded the Anthony and Ann Carozza Foundation Scholarship for outstanding academic ability.

This is the fifth year that the scholarship has been awarded.

Sarah, a sophomore at Capitol College in Laurel, is studying for a degree in electrical engineering.

Principal Sylvia Pattillo has announced the names of Hammond High School seniors who have been declared winners by the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program.

Students apply after five semesters of high school. They must take the SAT in their junior year -- scoring at least 1360 while maintaining a grade point average of 4.0, or 1470 with a GPA of 3.7 -- to qualify for a scholarship.

Jessica Bricker is a finalist; Jennifer Crooks, Matthew Green, Andrew Lee, Kristen Devault, Erica Kaufman and Brian Whitener are semifinalists.

Homecoming parade

Members of Jeffers Hill Elementary's Safety Patrol took part in Oakland Mills High School's Homecoming Parade.

Marchers were Rich Wilton, Jessica Green, Lauren Palmer, Brittany Taylor, Colin Barner, Aria Branch, Jeet Shah and Alexandra North.

Third-grade teacher Monica Williams designed a banner for the students to carry, and fourth-grade teacher Keith West -- and volunteer parents -- walked along as chaperones.

The homecoming committee treated the youngsters to hot dogs, soda and chips.

Voices at Long Reach

Drama teacher Melissa Davis and students have been fine-tuning their production of "2,000 Voices" at Long Reach High School.

The production's assistant directors are Kim Bahr and Shannon Hunt.

A 25-member cast and 25-member stage crew invite friends, families and theater buffs to their 8 p.m. performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Cast members are Susie Gist, Jason Ortega, Ernest deLagarde, Michael Wiles, Erin Coleman, Erin Hammer, Shannon Hunt, Sara Murray, Joey Amaral, Katie Fuhrer, Justin Brown, April Wardlow, Lauren Mullen, Jenii Wallace, Nate Morris, Brad Wasser, Jenny Crooks, Erica McLaughlin, Stefany Thomas, Trevor Greene, Seth Blinder, Riana Hershenfeld, Georgia Paulding and Erik Johnson.

Nine of the actors double as stage crew.

Wilde and neighborly

Six east Columbia artists will have their work on exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Slayton House in "Wilde and Wonderful," a one-day gift gallery sponsored by Bravo!, an artists' group in Wilde Lake village.

Artisans Patty McCord, Liz Henzey, Winnie Coggins, Esther Blackburn, Kini Collins and Joanie Scofield were invited by Bravo! coordinator Mary Kay Sigaty to join artists from Columbia, Howard County, Baltimore and Washington in this free event.

A percentage of the profits from previous shows has been used to make a variety of purchases that help area students.

Artists will answer questions about their work, which includes pottery, jewelry, clothing and tableware.

Information: 410-997-3395.

Talking about traffic

Ruth Bohse, Owen Brown village manager, invites residents who have questions or concerns about traffic to next Tuesday's Owen Brown Village Board meeting at 7: 30 p.m. in the Elkhorn Room at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

Andrew Daneker, chief of Howard County Bureau of Highways, and Ed Walter, chief of the Traffic Engineering Division of the Howard County Department of Public Works, will discuss improvements to Cradlerock Way and other traffic improvement plans.

The village's Traffic Action Committee -- chaired by John Durant, with committee members Jeanne Jennings, Jonathan Weinstein and John McGonigal -- has distributed traffic questionnaires to residents.

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