Freedom pupils sample fairy tales, gingerbread

Neighbors

December 16, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GINGERBREAD houses and fairy tales simply go together. Add the year's biggest holiday and you have a dream combination.

Fifth-grade students at Freedom Elementary School have been busy learning about the magical qualities of fairy tales through a literature unit on those special childhood stories.

In addition to reading fairy tales of their own choice, students also read fairy tales from other countries. Reading "Lon Po Po," a well-known Chinese fairy tale, students found similarities to "Little Red Riding Hood."

" 'Lon Po Po' is about three girls and their grandmother, and it also has a wolf who tries to trick them," said Craig Benedict, 10, a student in Sarah O'Neill's class.

Craig's favorite fairy tale, however, was one he chose to read at home called "The Elves and the Shoemaker."

Students even tried their hand at writing fairy tales. Laura DelGiorno, 10, wrote a story she calls "The Soldier." Like many good fairy tales, it contains the exciting elements of a hero, a villain, a king, a castle and a dragon.

Creating their own fairy-tale houses gave the children an opportunity to use creative energy for a holiday treat. Thanks to dedicated room mothers and volunteers, the kids had a variety of edible treats to use for decorations. Their houses were constructed from graham

crackers and lots of white icing.

Holiday spirit

Students at Carrolltowne and Freedom Elementary schools are showing the true spirit of holiday-giving through the Adopt-A-School programs.

Each school has adopted a Baltimore elementary to share school necessities and niceties. Students at Carrolltowne have adopted Montebello Elementary and have given generously, exceeding that school's wish list.

Freedom students are giving to Northwood Elementary School.

In addition to crayons, glue sticks, notebooks, paper, tissues, new and slightly used books, scissors and other school needs, the South Carroll students have donated hats, mittens, scarves and backpacks to the Baltimore schools.

Live Nativity

Members of Faith Lutheran Church on Liberty Road in Eldersburg will retell the Christmas story through a live Nativity at 5: 30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The event, which features elaborate costumes, lighting and live animals, always draws a large crowd. The script for this year's presentation has been rejuvenated with more live readers and a new soundtrack. As always, the little ones will be invited to have a clear view with special close seating.

After each presentation, free soup and bread will be offered at the church.

Information: 410-795-8082.

Santa visits

Not everyone is able to get to the malls to visit Santa, so the kind folks at the Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department have made a tradition of bringing Santa to neighborhoods in the Sykesville/Eldersburg area.

The visits from the Jolly One are scheduled to begin this evening visiting homes on these streets and developments: Brimfield, Georgetown Boulevard, Carrolltowne, Kali Drive, Slacks Road, The Village, Waters Edge, Johnsville Road, Piney Ridge, Freedom Avenue, Carroll Square and Parrish Park.

Tomorrow evening, Santa will be found in Sykesville: School House Road, Lexington Run, Gaither Road and Candlewick.

On Thursday, Santa will make the rounds on Emerald Lane, Edgewood, Hodges Road, Collins Estates, Placid Drive, Bennett Road, Carroll Dale, Westchester Hills, Sherlock Holmes, Snowden Run, Stillwater and Monroe Avenue.

Santa's final run on Friday will include Locust Lane, Ridge Road, Cable Drive, Carroll Highlands, Brangles Road and Armistice Way.

Santa will do his best to visit all scheduled locations, but emergency calls and inclement weather could affect his schedule.

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

Pub Date: 12/16/97

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