Youngsters, 'big kids' turn out for first day of school


September 01, 1998|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Parents taking videos of their children at the bus stop. Moms and younger siblings accompanying the "big kids" on their way to a new adventure. Traffic jammed for blocks by cars and buses ferrying youngsters to school. Big yellow buses finding their way along new routes and greeting old friends from last year.

At Crofton Woods Elementary School, Melanie Gallo waited bright-eyed and smiling in her blue-and-white uniform to begin first grade. Melanie says she looks forward to this year, though she doesn't know what it will be like. She knows that first-graders have to do homework, and that is a little scary. But she wants to learn to read better and thinks first grade will be good.

Lisa Boggess also began first grade yesterday. She thinks it will be harder than kindergarten. But she is happy about the change. Lisa said she "kinda" knows how to read and now she wants to learn to read "all the books."

Arlene Whitmore took her twins, Adam and Allyson, into the first-grade rooms before schooltime to see their classroom and meet their teachers. Adam looked around his desk and saw that lots of his kindergarten friends will be classmates this year. Allyson saw her desk in another classroom and said she is ready for first grade because she can count to 100. Then they walked off in their new backpacks and blue uniforms for the opening assembly in the auditorium.

Even the "old-timers" were excited. Adrienne Gabriel had a great summer, but she is happy about starting fourth grade. She says it's always fun to meet a new teacher and to make friends.

Memorial golf tournament

Tickets are available for the second annual Sue Jaeger Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 14 at Crofton Country Club.

Sue Jaeger was a well-loved member of the Crofton community, 1990 Crofton Citizen of the Year, active participant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and reached out to help others. After a 15-year battle with cancer, she passed away last year.

Sue's friends wanted to continue her legacy of love and caring. After a great deal of thought and planning, they organized the golf tournament in her name as a way to bring together people who cared for Sue. Proceeds from the tournament help support Camp Sunrise, with which Sue was active. It is a summer camp for children with cancer. Last year's tournament raised $10,000 for the camp, and organizers hope to reach that amount again.

The tournament will start at 11 a.m. and a banquet will follow at the country club. Tickets to the tournament and banquet are $125. The cost of the banquet is $50.

Information, registration forms or contributions to Camp Sunrise: Dominic Finelli at 410-721-7577.

Pub Date: 9/01/98

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