$1,000 helps with reading and eating


June 17, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

READING BOOKS and eating a good breakfast, they go hand in hand," says Rose Frebertshauser, cafeteria manager at Manchester Elementary School.

The school recently won a $1,000 grant and a collection of books through nutrition and reading activities during National School Breakfast week.

The school placed second in the statewide contest "Books and Breakfast -- Feed Your Mind," offered by the State Department of Education.

Frebertshauser, the PTA and parents brought community representatives to the school to spark interest in nutrition, and related activities within the art, media and physical education programs. Winners of the contest, held in early March, were announced May 19.

Daily activities enhanced the books-and-breakfast theme. Kindergarten students ate a "bad" breakfast one day, and met Molly Moo, a costumed figure from the Middle Atlantic Milk Marketing Association.

First-graders ate breakfast with Principal Robert Mitchell, costumed as a character, Eggbert, while Vice Principal Tammy Richards read a story about an egg.

The second grade met Molly Moo and Crystal Stambaugh, the county dairy princess, and had a snack of muffins with butter. Students designed book covers in the art room. PTA parents included the covers with an exhibit of pictures of breakfast foods in the cafeteria.

In the media center, fourth-grade students made bookmarks about traveling the world to eat apple pie. The fifth grade enjoyed being read to by their gym teacher, followed by a fitness and nutrition contest. During the week, the PTA held a food drive to support the Maryland Food Bank.

Street Commotion in stride

Street Commotion Drum and Majorette Corps is in Ocean City today for the annual state firemen's parade. About 60 area residents, ages 4 through 30-something, are in the corps. They twirl batons, beat drums, maneuver rifle replicas, and swing 4-foot-square flags.

The corps is sponsored by Manchester Volunteer Fire Department.

This firemen's parade is known to last about six hours, says Tammy Watt, a parent.

"Last year, we were in the parade, went back to the hotel, swam, and then returned to see the rest of the parade," she said.

The parade route generally runs from the inlet to 20th Street. This will be the second parade for Watt's daughter Kirsten, who turned 9 days ago.

The corps practices all year. In winter, it practices at Manchester Activities Building. During the school year, it meets Monday evenings at North Carroll Middle School. During the summer, it practices outdoors at North Carroll High.

Open enrollment takes place in September, but banner carriers can join now. Information: Rich Troutman, director, at 410-239-2061.

Summer playground

"Summer playground gives kids a chance to play and make new friends, especially those just going into kindergarten, who are not used to being around older kids. It gets them ready for school," says Julie Koontz, who directs the program for North Carroll Recreation Council.

Summer playground meets for one week, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the gym and playground at local elementary schools. From June 22-26, children meet at Hampstead Elementary. From June 29 through July 2, the playground is at Manchester Elementary. The final week from July 6 through 10 will be at Spring Garden Elementary.

The cost is $28 per week for council members and $30 for nonmembers.

Playground activities are for children entering kindergarten through third grade. The arts and crafts typically include tie-dye T-shirts, making bracelets and hair accessories. Games include whiffle ball, basketball, kickball and tag.

Information: Koontz, at 410-239-0247.

Pub Date: 6/17/98

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