Students learn about tale of Egyptian death myth


November 10, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EGYPTIAN DAY IS probably not indicated on your kitchen calendar, but it was celebrated yesterday by pupils at Sykesville Middle School.

For seventh-graders, the event culminated a social studies unit on Africa and its cultures.

"The class got really hooked into the mummies, the pyramids and King Tut," said teacher JoAnn Heller. "That led us into the study of the Egyptian death myth and the story of the myth."

When an Egyptian died, his heart was weighed against a feather to determine whether he would receive an afterlife. Egyptians believed one's heart grew lighter as one did good works. Mummification ensured that the dead had a body to enjoy the afterlife.

"The kids were just fascinated with the pyramids and how the Pharaohs got so many people to work on building them," Heller said. "The pyramids were built during the time of flooding of the Nile and since they were unable to farm, workers built the pyramids and believed their hearts were growing lighter as they worked."

Teachers Jean Adams, Ashley Bair, Lois Fiore and Terri Wilson incorporated the Egyptian theme into their classwork with studies on hieroglyphics, the math and physics of building the pyramids, and the scientific process of mummification.

A mural depicting the death myth in detail was drawn by students and hung near the school's entrance.

Pupils dressed in Egyptian costumes and spent the day yesterday constructing a life-sized Pyramid.

Faculty production

The staff at Liberty High School will present "Fools," a Neil Simon comedy, at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium.

The play is the first all-faculty production in nearly 10 years.

Performers include: Mike Fleming, Lori True, Cathy James, Tim Durkin, Tom Delise, Missie Schaefer, Ralph Chiaramonte, Bruce Damasio, Gayle McAdams and Connie Casamento. Kathy Schnorr directs the production.

Set design was done by Liberty alumni Steve Lyons with help from parents of former students.

Before the Friday production, the public is invited to dinner in the cafeteria. The meal will feature chicken breast, baked potato, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage.

The dinner is $12 and includes the play. Reservations for the dinner must by made by Friday.

Tickets to the play are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Proceeds will be divided among Liberty organizations that helped with the production.

For tickets or dinner reservations, call the school at 410-751-3560.

Tree of Life

Tree of Life Theater Troupe will present the story of a Danish family that risked everything to help save their Jewish friends during World War II.

"Number the Stars" will be presented at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldersburg at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 20 and 21. Show time is 6 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 22.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger and can be purchased at Eldersburg Antique and Collectible Center or at Whistlestop Book Store in Mount Airy. Faith Lutheran Church is adjacent to the Eldersburg library at 1700 St. Andrews Way. Information: 410-549-7191 or 410-795-0552.

Holiday crafts

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church will hold its annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 2205 Old Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Crafts, wreaths, trim-a-tree, baked goods, refreshments and a raffle will be available. Admission is free.

Information: 410-795-6333.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/10/98

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