Let your old books expand a child's world


January 15, 1998|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"SOME BOOKS are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested," Francis Bacon said 350 years ago.

In the early 15th century, German monk and mystic Thomas a Kempis said, "Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book."

It's strange to imagine a home without books. But to children who grow up in inner cities, surrounded by fighting, drugs, shootings and abuse, reading a book is a luxury.

Carol Nieberline, seventh-grade team leader at Glenwood Middle School, read an article in The Sun about Peter Bradford, who teaches at Harlem Park Elementary School in Baltimore. Bradford cruises in his van three days each week during the summer lending books to students in the Harlem Park neighborhood.

When kids read the books, write book reports, and return them to Bradford, he rewards them with trips to the zoo and other outings.

L Nieberline, who calls Bradford a saint, decided to help him.

She offered to collect books.

After accumulating 1,000 books from her Exploratory class and her basement, she set about to collect a total of 10,000 volumes before Feb. 11, when the books will be delivered.

As of today, she has 2,000 books.

Nieberline wants your old, readable books. She wants you to clean out your basement and make space on your shelves.

Nieberline and her seventh-grade Exploratory troupe -- who all play instruments in the Glenwood Wind Ensemble -- will accept books for children and adults.

Nieberline also is collecting money to buy classroom supplies for Harlem Park Elementary School.

Students there don't have the resources our children enjoy. They need support.

Drop off boxes of books at Glenwood Middle School or send checks to Carol Nieberline, Glenwood Middle School, 2680 Route 97, Glenwood 21738.

On Feb. 11, Principal Dan Michaels, Nieberline, band director David Apple, and the students in the Wind Ensemble will bring the books to Harlem Park -- and treat the kids there to a concert.

As you think about the advantages western Howard youngsters have, consider giving a little to those who have far less.

Information: 410-313-5520.

Dancing their hearts out

If you enter the hallway outside the student dining room at River Hill High School any afternoon, you will see 16 dedicated girls dancing their hearts out.

Under the guidance of their sponsor, social studies teacher Leidre Galloway, members of River Hill High's Dance/Pom Squad stretch, crunch, run and dance until their routines are perfect.

Last weekend, in their first competition of the year, the work paid off. The girls finished first at the CANAM Regional Qualifier.

With first place and a score of 240, the River Hill Poms qualify as one of the 300 squads to compete in the 1998 Cheer LTD., CANAM International Cheer and Dance Championships in March.

Organizers estimate that the 300 qualifying squads are selected from more than 100,000 squads across the United States and Canada.

After their victory Saturday, the girls headed to a second, local competition, where they took second place.

Scores for Poms are based on technical ability, uniformity, and choreography.

Led by Galloway, the squad composes its own routines.

Galloway attributes the group's success, in part, to captain Christine Glatsky, whom Galloway calls "incredible."

"She is such a strong leader, very positive and encouraging," Galloway says.

Co-captain Jenny Bouchard and the supportive parents also win praise from Galloway. She says all of the girls are dedicated, focused, and very hard-working.

Members of the Dance/Poms Squad include Glatsky, Bouchard, Bethany Byron, Jenny Defernando, Lauren Hessan, Katie Logan, Natalie Maloney, Allison Moffet, Nicole Myers, Diane Norman, Kristin Roach, Jeanine Staab, Kelly Summe, Christina Valenti, Kerry Welsh and Jaclyn White.

If you would like to see the River Hill Poms in action, attend the competition at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at the school.

Most of Howard County's Pom squads, including Glenelg's, will compete.

Information: 410-313-7120.

Artists chosen

Because there were so many good entries, judges in Lisbon Elementary School's PTA Reflections Program had a difficult time choosing entries to send to the county level.

Entries by these students were chosen: Lindsey Crehan, Brad Long, Natalie Long, Carolyn McComas, Ashley McKee, Erin Murphy, Kathryn Narron, Daniel Pindell, Tony Ramirez, Rakia Stancil, Afton Vechery, Carly Wilkins, Gregory Wykoff and Kevin Wykoff.

Computer contest

Eight Pointers Run Elementary School students have entries in the Howard County Public School System Computer Contest, in which Lauren Sharp finished third.

In addition to Lauren, the Pointers Run students are Sunitee Shah, Jake Deal, Courtney Ducanis, Ethan Friday, Jessie Martello, Zach Deal and Robert Garland.

Cure for January

Has wet January weather given you cabin fever?

Come to the Cabin Fever Dance from 8: 30 p.m. to 12: 30 a.m. Saturday at the Lisbon Fire Hall.

The dance raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Admission includes beer and sodas, chips and pretzels, and dancing to music from a top-40 disc jockey.

Information: Trisha Synder at 410-442-1016.

Boundary line adjustments

Folks at some of our local elementary schools are very concerned about school boundary line adjustments that school officials will propose to the Board of Education next week.

With the opening of Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in August, Bushy Park, West Friendship and Lisbon Elementary schools -- and others -- will face redistricting.

A presentation about proposed boundary lines is scheduled at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Board of Education Building.

Information: 410-313-6600.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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