Spruce up high school with plants


October 15, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STUDENTS, TEACHERS and parents will be "Putting the Park" back into Severna Park High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Led by math teacher Kathy Kubic, a co-sponsor of the Class of 1998, the recent graduates have donated $2,500 to help spruce up the school's exterior.

The money is earmarked for new landscaping at the high school's three primary points of entry: the main entrance, the band entrance and the athletic entrance.

You might have noticed new plants near the front entrance, but the real effort happens Saturday when the high school becomes "landscaping central."

"The goal is to give a nice atmosphere to the exterior of the school," said Kubic, a 12-year teaching veteran who has been at Severna Park for seven years. "The response has been so generous, which is good because the county budget is tight, and the campus is huge."

The Student Government Association, led by President Abbey Wilson, has donated $500; the National Honor Society, led by member Lydia Miller, has donated $500; and the Parent Teacher Student Organization, led by President Richard Morgan, has given another $500.

Work on some areas, such as the center courtyard, will have to wait until more time and money are available.

The landscaping is being combined with the marching band boosters' annual cleanup of the grounds, timed to coincide with the Tournament of Bands sponsored by the marching band.

The tournament will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and features 16 regional bands.

David Shipley is president of the band boosters.

Kubic and class co-sponsor Kris Nichols, another math teacher, said they hope the landscaping project will be the beginning of a tradition, with future classes choosing to make donations to help beautify and maintain the property of their alma mater.

Members of the community also have stepped in to help.

Gary Blondell, owner of Garden Mart & Bushel Stop on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, and Mark Childs of Exterior Image & Woodscape Inc. in Annapolis are helping with the project design and plant material.

Rain date is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-544-0900.

Day for service

The annual Community Service Day, which is set aside for beautifying private and public places in the county, will be celebrated Oct. 24.

This is the 10th year for the countywide event.

Help mark the occasion by planting flowers, shrubs and trees, or cleaning up -- engaging in activity that enhances the community.

Information: County Office of Community Service, 410-222-1469.

Apple sale

You know summer is over when you can't remember the moment that you stopped longing for fresh peach pie and starting anticipating a sugary-cinnamon slice of hot apple pie.

In the nick of time comes the annual Severna Park Kiwanis Club apple sale, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Community Center at Woods, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Just-picked apples, just-pressed cider and fresh apple butter will be available.

Information: Chairman Bob Bragg, 410-647-2013.

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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