Computer Club deemed a 'rip-roaring' success


December 05, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH OVER-WHELMING support from parents, school staff and the PTA, Winfield Elementary School's first session of Computer Club has been declared a success.

Mike Hines, club chairman, said the pupils were enthusiastic and typically were "rip-roaring, ready to go" at the start of each weekly club meeting.

Computer Club was open to pupils in grades one through five and was taught by parents and student volunteers from South Carroll and Liberty high schools.

Sponsored by the school's PTA, the club was the first of its kind for Winfield Elementary.

Volunteers began meeting in August to plan the club's curriculum and format. With a budget of $350 supplied by the PTA, the committee bought classroom props and computer materials and software to enhance existing equipment.

The first six-week session began in late October with an enrollment of more than 70 children.

Each meeting began with a "homeroom," during which the group explored a common topic, including networking, electromagnetic pulses and what the inside of a computer looks like.

The children split into smaller groups according to grade level. Team leaders supervised a planned activity for each group. Team leaders were: Maureen Frevert, Margaret German, Bob Davis, Terri Harshman and Ken Dyer.

Keyboarding skills, word processing, safe computer operation and software applications were the focus for most lessons. According to Hines, it was the graphics capabilities, however, that really held the children's interest.

Leaders developed projects that required the children to use digital cameras, create video slide shows, draw and paint computer pictures and experiment with computer sound.

Even though fourth-grade club members learned the basics of surfing on the World Wide Web, the fifth-graders will launch a Winfield page on the Internet next year.

Hines, whose son Christopher is a second-grader at Winfield, has a technical background that includes repair and sales of electronic instrumentation.

The club's first session ended Wednesday. Hines said it was gratifying to see the pupils leave with confidence and with the knowledge to run computer applications and re-create projects.

Plans are under way to hold additional sessions of the club next year.

Contest winner announced

Winfield Elementary student Andrew Bespolka was "so glad, I couldn't even believe my ears" when he heard that he was the grand-prize winner in a contest sponsored by The Sun.

The second-grader collected his prize when Ravens' defensive back Stevon Moore visited the school Tuesday. The professional football player joined Andrew for lunch in the school cafeteria before speaking to students at an assembly.

Andrew, dressed head to toe in Ravens purple and black, introduced his guest to students at the assembly.

Andrew's mother, Linda Bespolka, entered her son's name in the contest earlier this fall.

Santa making house calls

Santa Claus will surprise children with a visit to their homes -- before Christmas -- this holiday. Mount Airy Jaycees is holding its annual Santa Visits from Monday to Dec. 12 and Dec. 15-19. Appointments must be scheduled in advance, and a donation is required. All donations will go to the Jaycees' community Christmas program.

Information: 301-865-5168.

Live nativity

Lisbon Bible Church and Christian Academy will hold a live nativity from 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. today and from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow. The church is at 16700 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy.

The public is invited to the live nativity and to walk through an outdoor re-enactment of the life of Christ. The Zion Mountain Boys will provide music.

Inside the church will be a Bethlehem Shoppe featuring crafts, fresh Christmas wreaths and a children's craft area. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-489-4321.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 12/05/97

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