For Bastille Day, librarians let visitors sample bread from a French bakery

NEIGHBORS

July 17, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TUESDAY WAS Bastille Day. And, in honor of the occasion, the Savage librarians celebrated the French Revolution.

As part of the celebration, the staff asked for a contribution from Bonaparte Breads -- the authentic French bakery in Savage Mill.

What a good idea!

It happens that master baker Pierre Lefilliatre bears a strong resemblance to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Lefilliatre brought four dozen little pains elegantes -- elegant breads -- for participants to consume.

He owns an accurate Napoleonic-era uniform, which he wore to the presentation. He described the French Revolution and its aftermath, the Napoleonic era, to a rapt audience.

As a master baker, Lefilliatre often works through the night to make sure the bread is ready by 6 a.m. It was especially nice of him to come to a 2 p.m. event. For a baker, that's the middle of the night.

In addition to offering bread and educational entertainment, the Savage Library holds a drawing for prizes every two weeks to encourage young readers. Visitors can enter their names one time per visit -- a rule that keeps ballot stuffers at bay while encouraging repeat visits to the library.

Last week's prizes included gift certificates to restaurants, books and small toys.

The winners were Nick Nesky, Sanjay Variyam, Leah Ginsburg, Nonny Onyekweli, Christopher Fagan, Benjamin Law, Sara Reddin and Stephen Rogers.

New school to open

Perhaps Gorman Road should change its name to Schoolhouse Row.

Not only is Forest Ridge Elementary there, but Murray Hill Middle and Gorman Crossing Elementary are nearby, off Gorman Road.

Of course, Gorman Crossing Elementary isn't open for business. The school opens officially Aug. 22.

But the staff is getting ready.

It isn't easy.

Vice Principal Corita Oduyoye's office is neat, but the corridor leading to it is filled with boxes of student files.

The files have come from schools that will send students to Gorman Crossing Elementary.

The files have to be re-alphabetized. It's a big job.

The Gorman Crossing building looks terrific. It also has some special features.

The health room is next to the front office to make it easier for parents picking up sick children.

Another thoughtful touch is that door and room signs are posted low, at student height.

The signs are encoded in Braille for the visually impaired.

The staff is quietly assured, certain that there will be no unmanageable crises before opening day. Of course, small crises are a given.

They'll work around problems created by missing equipment, but Oduyoye has a request for the community -- she'd like donations of board games and play rugs for the classrooms.

Even in September, there are days when the students cannot go outside for recess.

So Oduyoye is asking for chess, bingo, and other games and puzzles.

Don't send toys; cooperative games, especially those suited to three or four players, are preferred.

School secretary Maggie Orzechowski suggested the play rugs, which are small, indoor-outdoor carpets printed with board and hopscotch games.

They are colorful, wear resistant and very popular with the elementary school set.

As in any school, Gorman Crossing relies on the help of committed parent volunteers.

The Gorman Crossing PTA plans to encourage support by holding its first event before the school officially opens.

On Aug. 19, the PTA is cordially inviting members of the school family to a picnic.

Bring a picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs to the school.

Come meet other students, other parents and staff members in an informal setting.

The picnic begins at 6: 30 and goes until 8: 30.

Washing cars for fun

Yesterday, the staff and campers of the Howard County Summer Sensations elementary school-age summer camp ran a free car wash at Forest Ridge Elementary.

Each group -- from kindergartners to fifth-graders -- got a chance to get really wet on a hot summer day.

Now, this is a fund-raiser. Technically, the car wash was free.

ZTC But it is a hard-hearted adult indeed that won't give children a few bucks for delivering a shining, clean vehicle to them, with all traces of road dust washed away.

Last year, the campers earned more than $200 for extra field trips. This year, the proceeds are expected to pay for a pizza party and some extras.

More than 75 children are enrolled in the program this summer. Fortunately, not only is there a large staff to plan activities and trips -- the car wash was the day's outdoor activity -- but also a committed crew of volunteer junior counselors.

The volunteers can count their time in the program toward the 72 hours of activities needed to graduate from high school.

Among these bright folks are Lisa DiCamillo, Bryan Kitahara, Chad Pattee, Jonathan Friedman, Amanda Moorehead, Kristapher Bryan, Anna Kiefer and Andres Grosmark.

Rachelle Jones volunteers, too. However, she receives no academic credit -- she's a parent.

The staff includes Lisa Carver, Ron Bates, Kimberly Boyle, Amy Ashbrook, Danielle Thorpe, Justin Baker, Angie Flies, Renee Cross, Michaeline Ciavardina, Holly Dailey, Leah Fleming, Alena Ensey and Gina Taylor.

Altogether, the car wash was great way to get exercise, have fun and earn money for pizza.

Pub Date: 7/17/98

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