Deep Run Elementary takes a look back in time

Neighbors

March 30, 1998|By Sally Voris | Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHAT DO fighter planes, the Civil War and chocolate have in common? A history.

Heidi Chapman, Gifted and Talented teacher at Deep Run Elementary School, reasoned that everything has a history.

So, as a vehicle for learning about history, Chapman and 145 Deep Run students presented a Living History Fair for the school last Wednesday -- Maryland Day.

Teams of two or three students, from kindergarten to fifth grade, chose and researched topics and prepared displays.

The students wrote letters to community groups, asking them to participate. Some companies -- such as Wockenfuss Candies, Alco Pharmaceuticals and Northrup Grumman -- had representatives visit the school several times.

The fair, which took place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., drew a tremendous crowd. Parents and children packed the school's hallways.

Many wore T-shirts or sweat shirts designed for the fair.

Third-grader Austin Gardner solicited sponsorships from local businesses in exchange for printing their logos on the shirts.

Approximately 500 shirts were sold at the fair. Profits from the sale of the shirts will go to Operation Smile, an organization that provides plastic surgery for children around the world who are born with facial deformities.

Display boards included histories of dentistry, fighter planes, baseball, ice cream, pizza, yogurt, bread and chocolate.

Samples of edible items were supplied by Zipani (formerly Bruegger's Bagels), Pizza Hut, TCBY and Wockenfuss.

The place was busier than a three-ring circus. You could be involved in reading the history of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park in Oella on a display board while enjoying some TCBY yogurt, when someone would invite you to an adjoining classroom for a dance performance.

The Golden Girls, a tap-dance group from the Florence Bain Senior Center, sang and danced to the tune "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

Group members Jackie Dunphy, Evelyn Whited and Anna Butler wore shimmering red-white-and-blue tops, black stockings, old-fashioned sequined garters and shiny cone-shaped hats.

Michael Duong, a fifth-grader, dressed in a baseball uniform to present his display "Baseball: A Forgotten History."

Michael researched the Negro Leagues with the help of his uncle, Tom Nguyen, who stood behind him at the display. Fellow students who provided the correct answers to questions about the leagues were rewarded with candy.

Duane Smith, a Columbia resident and author of "Genealogy is More Than Charts," handed out charts to help folks map their family trees.

Assistant Vice Principal Steven Meconi, representing the National Ski Patrol, demonstrated splinting.

In the midst of all the happy chaos, some students created a "Civil War Encampment," complete with canvas tent.

Dressed in Revolutionary War costumes, volunteers from The Historic Guild Inc. shared information about the period from 1770 to 1812. The guild members brought toys from the 18th century for children to play with.

And, unintentionally demonstrating the relativity of time, fifth-grader Gabriella Schrier announced a fighter-plane raffle over the intercom as a knight in shining armor walked down the hall.

Deep Run Principal Yvonne Harrison complimented Chapman on her enthusiasm and organization and the excitement generated by the combined efforts of students, staff, parents and the community.

Well done, Deep Run.

'Artful Dodgers'

Ilchester Elementary School and the Drama Learning Center will present the musical "The Artful Dodgers" at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school cafeteria, 4981 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

Fifteen students rehearsed for eight weeks to present the show about teamwork on a baseball field.

Performers include Shanita Bennett, Lauren Danker, Malcomb Harris, Douglas Howard, Rileigh Johnson, Kristy MacKenzie, Courtney Manning, Cathy Martinez, Lauren McClenney, Elizabeth O'Leary, Ryan Olver, Michelle Phillips, Emily Randolph, Rebecca Watts and Kyle Woolaver.

Eagle Scout

Troop 944 will honor Shelby Lane at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at 7: 30 p.m. Friday at Bethany United Methodist Church.

Shelby designed, planned and supervised the construction of a sign for Patapsco Middle School, his alma mater.

He solicited 161 hours of volunteer time and materials valued at $1,300 for the project, which was completed the day before school opened in 1996.

Young scientist

Monae Johnson, a senior at Howard High School, has been awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Fellowship for 1998.

For her Science Fair project, Monae chose to explore whether common anti-bacterial agents found in the home could be used to kill the E. coli bacteria. She incubated different concentrates of disinfectant with different colonies of the bacteria.

She will receive a $2,200 stipend for eight weeks of research at the National Institutes of Health, where she will work in the disease unit.

'Run for the Ruins'

A 5k Run for the Ruins will open the 1998 season for the Patapsco Female Institute Park.

The run begins and ends at the ruins in the park.

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