Satisfied parent helps Summit School with Fest


September 28, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DEBBIE SCHNEIDER of Davidsonville credits the Summit School in Edgewater with saving her family and giving hope to her son, Ryan, 14.

The Summit School is a private school, grades one through eight, for children of average or above-average intelligence who have trouble learning in traditional schools.

"Our focus is literacy," said Ginny Joy, development director for the school.

Ryan was a frustrated fifth-grader in a public school having trouble with reading and math and retaining information, when his parents switched him to the Summit School.

"It's difficult being the only one in the class who doesn't get it," said Schneider.

Her son's frustration spilled over at home.

But that was three years ago. Ryan expects to graduate from eighth grade at the end of this school year, and he is no longer stymied by schoolwork.

"His self-esteem has gone way up, and he's not so frustrated anymore," Schneider said.

She heaps praise on the school and looks for ways she can help it in return.

One way is helping to organize the school's annual fall fund-raiser, Autumn Fest.

"It would be nice to make some bucks, but that's not really the point," Schneider said.

Julie Bays of Annapolis, whose 10-year-old, Ben, is a fifth-grader at the school, said the festival is really about reaching out to the community and giving the pupils a sense of community.

The festival is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 664 E. Central Ave. in Edgewater.

Carnival games, pony rides, face painting and food vendors will be available. Games and rides cost $1 for five tickets. Admission is free.

To reach out to other schools, the Summit School has distributed fliers advertising Autumn Fest, 98 and offering anyone who brings one of the fliers to the carnival five free tickets.

Information: 410-798-0006.

A smashing good time

Comedian Ron Gallagher will emulate his famous brother's melon-mashing comedy routine at Southern High School Saturday as part of a fund-raiser held by the Southern High School Music Boosters.

During his act, Gallagher will use a sledgehammer to pound watermelons and other objects.

For those who want to sit out of range of flying fruit parts, tickets cost $20. Tickets to sit closer cost $25. Tickets will be sold at the door but are available in advance at Pool Perfect in Deale, Medart Galleries in Dunkirk and Brass on Ivory in Edgewater.

The show begins at 7 p.m. after a cookout at 5 p.m. The Southern Jazz Band, directed by William Thayer, will play during the meal.

Information: 410-956-2256 or 301-855-4515.

Museum's harvest festival

The Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation & Friends will present its 10th annual harvest festival Saturday.

Music will be provided by groups including the Asbury Broadneck Junior Choir and the Annapolis group Silvertones. Martial arts demonstrations, face painting, arts and crafts and food vendors are on the program.

Tickets are $2 for adults and children older than age 11. Younger children are admitted free.

Information: 410-741-1368.

Metric Marathon

Annapolis Striders, a club for runners, will hold its 18th annual Metric Marathon on Sunday.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at Southern High School in Harwood. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs $3 for Striders members and $4 for nonmembers.

Awards will be given for the top two male and female finishers, and the top two finishers in 19 age groups. For women, the groups are: younger than age 20, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49 and older than 50. For men the age groups are: younger than age 20, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64 and older than 70.

The race is 26.2 kilometers -- 16.3 miles -- and is along paved roads. Water stops will be provided along the course.

Regina Miante is the race director.

Information: 410-268-1165 or 410-757-4331.

Pub Date: 9/28/98

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