Teachers seek help with culture lessons


October 09, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MURRAY HILL Middle School staff members, having finished their first year, are now old hands at the business of educating young minds.

To that end, there are severalplans in the works.

Seventh-grade social studies teachers Ann Bailey, Donna Dougherty, Tara Bennis and Barbara Kleinknecht plan to cover the history and cultures of Europe, Russia, Latin America, the United States and Canada this year.

And they have sent out a call for anyone who has lived or traveled in any of these areas to come to the school as a speaker to share that experience with the students.

If you spent time in the Peace Corps, were stationed with the military in Germany or Panama, were a foreign exchange student in Sweden or just traveled for fun, please join this effort to broaden the children's perspective on the world.

The students are a wonderful, fresh audience for old travel tales.

Call Barbara Kleinknecht at 410-880-5897 to offer your services.

Of course, the school's PTA realizes that a good school requires great full-time teachers.

There's a group of Murray Hill parents who let their children's teachers know how valued they are, by providing goodies -- delicious homemade calories that say, "We appreciate what you do."

Thanks go to Laura Green, Nina Blush, Pat Flynn, Debbie Nelson, Maggie Blackwell, Nancy Carpenter, Susan McAleer, Judy Faudale, Helen Glove and Lisa Nickell for their contributions.

Cemetery needs volunteers

The cleanup of the old Savage Cemetery was so successful that it's time for a reprise.

This weekend, come help finish the job of clearing this historic site just off Baltimore Street in Savage.

Cleanup times at the cemetery, which is still used, are from 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The jobs include weeding, pruning and trash removal -- the sort of thing needed to get the grass and gardens ready for winter.

Information: Myra Phelps, 301-498-9133.

Bring garden tools and trash bags with you. They are always needed.

Volunteer honored

In addition to listings of events and schedules at the Laurel church, the Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church bulletin highlights volunteer work done by church members outside the parish community.

This month, Bill O'Reilley was the parishioner whose work was recognized in the Parish Press.

O'Reilley was recently awarded a Beneficiary Service Certificate Merit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HTC He volunteers at the church, participates in the Share Program at the Linthicum Food Distribution Center, helps people do their taxes at area libraries, has served as financial officer at American Legion Post 60 and is active in the Maryland City Civic Association.

There's no mention of finding time to rest.

The Press also mentions opportunities for volunteers that are available in out-of-parish areas.

For example, the Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services needs volunteers.

The group is recruiting helpers for its personnel, apartment, finance and public relations committees.

LARS needs help with personnel, checking references and performing evaluations.

Also needed are folks willing to inspect the apartments the service rents -- before and after tenants move -- to minimize charges for damages.

And a few people handy with tools also would be welcome to make minor repairs.

The finance committee needs help organizing the group's participation in the Laurel Main Street Festival, the Montpelier Festival and other fund-raisers.

The committee could also use help to stay current with laws that affect the group financially.

Anyone interested in helping out may call Marcia Mityga at 301-776-0442.

4-H club meets

The North Laurel 4-H Club will meet at Forest Ridge Elementary School tonight.

The group, sponsored by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, accepts children ages 8 to 18.

Group members get involved in a variety of projects -- from raising rabbits to woodworking and crafts.

Meetings are held on the second Friday of every month.

Information: Roanne Smallwood, 301-725-3905.

Pub Date: 10/09/98

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