Two Eldersburg schools awarded PTA honor


November 17, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE GOLD SEAL award, which recognizes excellence in PTAs, was presented to two Eldersburg schools recently.

Freedom Elementary and Oklahoma Road Middle schools were honored with this award at the Maryland State PTA Convention Nov. 6 at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Linthicum. The schools were among the 13 Maryland schools to earn the award and the only two in Carroll County so honored.

Oklahoma Road Middle Principal Larry Barnes and his wife, Carol Barnes, and Freedom PTA President Ginger Halvorsen accepted the awards for their schools.

To earn the Gold Seal, both schools met specific goals and requirements, including membership goals, student programs, community projects and participation in leadership workshops sponsored by the Maryland State PTA during the 1997-1998 school year.

Freedom Elementary has earned the Gold Seal the last two years and four of the past five years. The Oklahoma Road PTA's award came during its first full year.

"Mr. Barnes is so supportive of the PTA at Oklahoma and of all we are trying to do," said PTA President Tina Crockett. "He has been wonderful to work with and so have the 45 board members. They all did a super job."

Holiday workshops

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park has made a tradition of offering a day of holiday workshops and demonstrations.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 5, Lynette Lenz, Kate VanFossen, Elaine Sweitzer, Deanna Hofmann and Patti Taylor will guide workshops in European botanical pots, Williamsburg door plaques, Williamsburg candlestick cascades, natural ornaments and floral foam bird centerpieces.

The afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. when Jan McCrumb, Hofmann, Lenz, Polly Tomlinson and Margaret Scully will offer instruction on making woodland plant holders, tabletop pine cone trees, advent wreath, holiday wreath and mailbox swags.

A potluck lunch for $2 per person will be available. Participants with last names A-F should bring salad; G-L, a main dish; M-P, bread or rolls; and Q-Z, a dessert. Joanne Neil will prepare home-baked bread.

Workshop cost varies with the project. Nature Center members may begin registration today and may not register for nonmembers. Nonmembers may register beginning Nov. 24 for available spaces. Ages 16 and older may attend.

Information and registration: 410-795-6043.

Stress seminar

If dealing with the holidays gets you down, come to Faith Lutheran Church and learn how to deal with the holiday blues.

Daniel L. Hollars, licensed social worker, will present "Dealing with the Holiday Blues" Monday. The evening will begin with supper at 6: 30 p.m. Workshops for adults and middle school through high school students begin at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with refreshments at 8: 30 p.m.

Craft projects and stories for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be available. Baby-sitting also will be offered.

Cost is $8 per family or $5 per person; $1 off for registration prior to Monday.

Information and registration: 410-795-8082.

Holiday bazaars

The Instrumental Music Boosters at Liberty High School will sponsor its annual Pre-Holiday Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school on Bartholow Road.

Vendors will offer handmade crafts, jewelry, candy, floral designs and more. Admission is $1 for ages 12 and older. No strollers are permitted.

Information: Robin Helm, 410-795-8673.

Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church will host its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church on Johnsville Road in Eldersburg.

Crafts, greenery, ornaments, bird feeders and more will be available. Two handbell choirs will perform throughout the day. Light breakfast and lunch fare will be available.

Information: 410-795-2777.

Santa Claus arrives

Carrolltown Center will present its Santa Parade beginning at noon Saturday. The parade will begin at Peebles department store and end at the mall's Center Court.

Santa Claus will be escorted by the South Carroll Marching Band, costumed characters and various community groups.

Santa Claus will take up residence in the Center Court gazebo, where children can visit and have photos taken through Christmas Eve.

Information: 410-781-7070.

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

Pub Date: 11/17/98

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