Hammond grad a Renaissance woman during summer stint in Florence, Italy

NEIGHBORS

July 31, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT IS always a pleasure to hear news from neighbors who have moved away.

Keri Bishop -- a 1996 graduate of Hammond High School and now a sophomore at St. Mary's College in Maryland -- has been having an interesting summer.

Bishop, an art history major, is spending the summer at the Lorenzo de' Medici Institute and the Art Institute of Florence in Florence, Italy.

It is a wonderful and prestigious opportunity to study Renaissance art.

Much of the city's art needs restoration, after a devastating flood in the early 1970s covered historic churches with layers of mud and destroyed medieval and Renaissance paintings.

Keri is staying in a restored palace -- converted into dormitory space.

She has also been to Venice this summer.

Her mother, Joyce Bishop, is a past president of the Hammond PTA.

Keri is expected home for a few weeks in mid-August before she returns to classes.

Gorman alligator

Things are moving right along at Gorman Crossing Elementary School.

The new principal can be easily identified -- she's the one carrying phone lines around in the front office.

There is always so much more required of principals than is mentioned in the job description. But Debbie Drown is used to all the vagaries the job entails.

She was named Educator of the Year by the county while she was principal of Running Brook Elementary School in Columbia.

And she is not alone in her efforts at Gorman. Everyone involved with the school, which is scheduled to open in August, is busy transforming the barely finished building into a community for learning.

Of course, the school needs a PTA to function effectively, and luckily, there are many community-minded folk among our neighbors.

bTC Volunteering for the charter board are John Belt, Maribeth Donohue, Karen Harvie, Lena Kroll, Julie Pereda and Linda Holt.

Every school needs a mascot.

Enter the PTAs of Laurel Woods and Forest Ridge elementaries -- schools from which Gorman Crossing will draw students.

The Laurel Woods and Forest Ridge PTAs set up transition committees to help everyone adjust to the changes. And the adjustment process included a two-round vote for a school mascot.

Maribeth Donohue, soon to be vice president of the Gorman Crossing PTA, and parent Monica Miller tabulated the results of the contests at both schools.

The finalists were a tiger, an alligator and a bear.

The 'gator won.

So the new school had a mascot in the abstract -- but nobody knew what the Gorman Crossing 'gator looked like.

That turned out to be the job of Carol Ostrow, a parent who is a graphic designer. Based on sketches by Donohue and Miller, Ostrow refined a set of drawings into a cute, backpack-toting mascot.

This character has yet to be named, according to Ostrow.

While she favors the name "Gordy," she doesn't want to influence anyone with her preference.

A vote on the 'gator's name will be taken this fall.

Ostrow is coloring the critter. She hopes to have the emblem printed by early fall on sweat shirts and pants.

The logo will also appear on some letters sent to parents and on academic recognition awards. Terry Sprague is making buttons bearing the 'gator. They will be used as in-school awards.

Library training

The Howard County Library is providing free training for child care providers.

Librarians will discuss services -- including a visiting storyteller service -- available to child care providers.

Sessions will be held from 9: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow in Elkridge; 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Savage branch; and 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the east Columbia branch.

Registration is required: Susan Morris, at 410-313-7783.

Good works

One of the many nice things that Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Parish does is to note good works in which church members are involved.

Recycling bins are an example.

Resurrection of Our Lord, St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Oaklands Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church of Laurel, Emmanuel United Methodist Church and Oseh Shalom synagogue have newspaper recycling bins.

Proceeds from the recycling go to the Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service Inc.

LARS uses the approximately $250 a month it receives from these sources to help families in crisis.

Pub Date: 7/31/98

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