Radio Zone honors students' charitable efforts


November 26, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STUDENTS ANSWERED math questions, raced to consume snacks (no hands allowed) and heard a teacher's voice changed into a chipmunk's.

It was all part of the Radio Zone School Tour '97 at Longfellow Elementary School last week.

Kenny Curtis, host of "The Breakfast Bunch," Radio Zone's locally produced live morning show, visited the school Nov. 17.

Accompanying him were co-host Thea Carey and promotions coordinator Terri Saylor.

They taped a one-hour segment that was broadcast on the children's station the next morning. The Radio Zone broadcasts on WKDB, 1570 AM, in Baltimore; WKDL, 1050 AM, in Silver Spring; and WKDV, 1460 AM, in Manassas, Va.

The school's approximately 400 students attended the taping, which was held in the cafeteria.

Names of students to participate in contests were drawn at random. The games included Brain Game and Pop Quiz. Winners received prizes such as books and computer software.

Third-grade teacher Casey Hickenbottom was selected for an interview, then found himself talking like a chipmunk, thanks to Saylor, who was handling the sound board.

The theme for the school tour is "Kids Helping Kids." Ten schools in the station's broadcast area were chosen for the tour, based on the students' efforts to help others.

During the taping, Longfellow students were asked to describe their community service projects.

Last year, the school held a penny drive to raise money for charity. Recently, students collected more than 1,000 food items for FISH of Howard County.

On Monday, students will begin collecting hats, scarves and gloves for clients of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

Before the taping, four students were chosen for on-air interviews: second-grader Scott Gandy, third-grader Angele Seriki, fourth-grader Patrick Rotolo, and fifth-grader Isha Argarwal.

Also interviewed were second-grade teacher Bobbie Bien and third-grade teacher Shannon Altman.

Longfellow's participation in the tour was sponsored by the student council, which is directed by Sonya Becton, the school's guidance counselor.

Artists mark holiday

Members of the Artists' Gallery will hold a holiday exhibit, "Tis the Season," beginning Monday at the gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle.

A free reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5.

Works by several west Columbia artists will be included.

Longfellow residents Ben Dawson and Nancy Timer will exhibit photographs, as will Columbia resident Carl Segal.

Ann Schluederberg of Wilde Lake will show watercolors.

Longfellow resident Kelmie Snider, who works in oils and also does "trompe l'oeil" -- "trick of the eye" -- furniture, will be showing holiday decorations.

Denise Tarbell of Hickory Ridge will exhibit decorative glass pieces.

Hobbit's Glen resident Michael Syphax will show his colored-pencil drawings.

Work by other gallery members will include oils, pastels, acrylics, jewelry, note cards and miniatures.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-740-8249.

Team competes on TV

Tune in to WJZ-TV at 11 a.m. Saturday to see Wilde Lake High School's It's Academic team in action.

The team, under the direction of teacher Nancy Austin, includes Raymond Cheong, Ritija Gupta and Michael Robb.

Saturday's competition, which was taped earlier this month, pitted the Wilde Lake team against students from Walkersville High School and Thomas Johnson High School.

L The Wilde Lake team lost to Walkersville in the final round.

Side order of fries?

Students had a chance to see their teachers playing a different role last Wednesday during Running Brook Night at the new McDonald's in Harper's Choice Village Center.

Led by Principal Debbie Drown, staff members from the elementary school poured drinks, filled orders and cleaned tables for two hours to raise money for the school.

Assisting Drown were Mora Saroff, Penny Nedzel, Annette Nelms, Linda Irvine, Kathy Loughlin, Diana Grimsley, Debbie Wolf, Mary Beth Hasson, Amy Tieperman, Rukiya Davis, Jan Cornelius and Leah Palmatier.

McDonald's contributed more than $200, a percentage of the profits for the evening, to the school.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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