Center's program offers chance to relive the past


January 23, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NATURE PLAYED us false. In the midst of the spring-like weather, the flu came. What a terrible trick to play on nice folk.

But life goes on, in spite of ruined three-day weekends.

In addition to providing a comfortable place to share good food and meet friends, next week Savage Senior Center is offering an opportunity for seniors to share with young people their personal experience of important moments in history.

"Where Were You When?" an inter-generational program for senior citizens and teen-agers from Glenelg Middle School, will be held from 10: 45 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Wednesday.

Our senior neighbors can look back on events such as the rise of the Third Reich and the end of World War II, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the first space flight and moon walk, and the war in the Persian Gulf.

And they have experienced the profound changes made by the AIDS epidemic, the discovery of vaccines for childhood diseases, the creation of the interstate highway system, the computerization of contemporary life.

It should be an enlightening morning for the students, and for the seniors, who may be astonished at the changes they have seen.

TV free

State Sen. Martin G. Madden sponsored the TV-free 10-Day Challenge last fall, and students rushed to meet it.

On Jan. 10, the senator entertained the young people and their families at a dinner reception in the Great Room at Savage Mill.

Youngsters from 10 schools participated, but Laurel Woods Elementary took the prize for most students taking part from any school.

Altogether, 112 youngsters read books, played with dolls and blocks, participated in crafts or just exercised their imaginations for 10 days -- and received certificates for their accomplishment.

Congratulations to Bethel Christian Academy fifth-grader Lucy Rushing for her 10 days of being TV free.

Kudos to those at Hammond Elementary who read books all week: Amanda Barksdale, John Dombroski, Valerie Hoover, Kelsey Kinnaman, Molly McNeil, John Steger, Eric Swanson, XTC Alexandra Boris, Christie D'Anna, Virginia Merson, Becky Volkman and Veronica Yates.

From Laurel Woods, note the strong-willed students who resisted the blandishments of television: Farzad Aleem, Rachel Asmus, Kaniesha Birdine, Alyssa Blasko, Lucia Blasko, Armand Boateng, Chris Bonnell and Danny Bresson.

Kudos are also in order for Laurel Woods students Tina Cornell, Anjali David, Karuna David, Paige Faughn, Sharilyn Fretz, Maya Fryar, Rolando Garcia, Schquita Goodwin, Spencer Goodwin, Maureen Harvie and Mary Beth Heinrichs.

Congratulations to Laurel Woods students Charles Humphrey, Ashlee Johnson, Steven Kawata, Temilola Mattey, Brittany Matthews, Bethany McAleer, Lauren McAleer, Joseph Miller, Jodi Moore and Damilola Olugbile and Dolapo Olugbile.

And kudos to Jeff Orr, Carlos Peredo, Justina Riley, Steven Rogers, Erica Sachleben, Taylor Sachleben, Alesha Sandlin, Victoria Sandlin, Alan Sellner, Blake Silverberg and Rachel Taylor -- all from Laurel Woods.

That week must have required serious will power, and some patience from parents, too.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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