Bollman Bridge third-graders help needy for Valentine's Day

Neighbors

January 30, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HERE COMES Valentine's Day, when we remember love. We grant -- and receive -- tokens of affection, small bits of cheer in this winter season.

It is a brief reminder that spring will come, although February and March seem to be the longest months.

Third-graders at Bollman Bridge Elementary are enriching their Valentine's Day observances with philanthropy.

Erica Esposito and Katie Skojec are working together to help a child in a foreign country receive medical care.

The two girls are selling carnations to fellow students for Valentine's Day. The proceeds go to Operation Smile, a program offering facial reconstruction to children who need the surgery.

Doughnuts for dads

It seemed like a good idea. And it was.

The Bollman Bridge PTA invited fathers -- who are sometimes left out of PTA and school functions -- for a quick breakfast with their children at the school.

On the scheduled morning, 25 dozen doughnuts were laid out, and the hordes came.

Papas in suits and fathers in working gear. Young scholars, proud to show off their dads. All swooped down on the school.

The event was a roaring success, with not a crumb left to sweep out for the birds.

Organizer Judy Schemm and her crew -- Judy Esposito, Denise Lancaster, Eva Claudy and Martie Dyer -- were pleased.

They plan to invite the distaff parent to Muffins for Moms in the spring.

Learning together

Bollman Bridge Elementary's Learning Together program is accepting applications for the 1998-1999 school year.

The program invites 3- and 4-year-olds from the Bollman Bridge area to participate with disabled children enrolled in the Regional Early Childhood Center, which serves children with disabilities.

The children learn new skills, have fun and get to know each other.

It's a wonderful half-day preschool program.

Tuition is $100 a month for area children newly enrolled.

Places fill up fast. The application deadline is March 13.

Information: Brenda Coker or Patricia Walls at 410-880-5922.

Chinese New Year

The children's staff at the Savage library is getting ready for the Chinese New Year.

Stories and crafts based on the theme are planned.

Based on a past performance, it may be a good idea to check out what the Savage librarians have in store.

For their most recent program on Robinson Crusoe, children and parents built a 4-foot-square bamboo cabin with wrapping paper and paper-towel rolls.

This child-sized hut is in the children's area.

The library's program on the Chinese New Year will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

No registration is required; just drop in.

Information: 410-880-5978.

Work from local artist

Local artist Irene Sylvester has her work displayed in the Florentine Room of Piccolo's Restaurant in Columbia.

Sylvester is well known in the area. She is an instructor at Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel, and one of the founding members of the Laurel Art Guild.

The exhibit, which runs through March 13, also features work by Barbara Barrett, Al Bishop, Edward Brown, Mark Coates and Mimi Hegler.

Civics and refreshments

State Sen. Martin G. Madden, Howard County Republican, invites his constituents to the 1998 Legislative Night in Annapolis from 6: 30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9.

Included will be a short talk about the legislative session, a behind-the-scenes tour of the buildings and light refreshments.

It is an opportunity for children and adults to learn about what goes on in Annapolis.

Constituents can stay for the regularly scheduled legislative session that begins at 8 p.m.

Information: Iris Frey at 410-841-3572.

Students of the month

Bethel Christian Academy has announced its Students of the Month.

They are: Nicole Brewer, Kourtnie Wash, Annelise Murphy, Tyler Stephy, Paul Hemler, Erin Hand, Faith Wecker, Kelli Abbott, Ryan Griffin, Ruth Hemler, Blake Larson, Stephanie Arnold, Rebecca Middleton and Tiffany Henard.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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