Hampstead Elementary pupils dig into lesson on soil


April 28, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RAIN FELL IN the fifth-grade classroom at Hampstead Elementary on Monday.

The simulation was created by Lisa Spence, home horticulture assistant of the Carroll County Cooperative Extension. She used a watering can in an exercise to demonstrate the ability of roots to net the soil and prevent erosion.

Spence, assisted by five county master gardeners, showed fifth-graders why soil conservation is important.

The program, Up From the Soil, began with a video, moved into touching earthworms and ended with a marigold for each child to plant after Mother's Day.

Pupils from the classrooms of fifth-grade teachers Jo Clark, Regina Richardson, Meg Cheyne and Miriam Krumrine watched a video of the weathering of rock into soil, newsreels of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and measures that have restored prime prairie farmland over the past 60 years.

During the erosion demonstration, Stephanie Pettie collected a jar of tea-colored runoff from a box of soil thickly planted with ground ivy. Pupil Beth Gillan collected a jar of muddied runoff as the storm fell upon freshly churned earth.

The basic ingredients that compose the Earth's soil are sand, silt and clay. A bag of each was held out for pupils' investigation by cooperative extension 4-H agent Jennifer Reynolds.

Pupil Danielle McDonnell pinched a bag of sand to describe its grainy feel. Jimmy Donaldson felt a bag of silt, which was slightly sticky, and Nick Ayd touched a bag of clay, the slickest.

Other pupils read from posters prepared by the master gardeners. Andrew Brooks read about the environment, Keith Price read about growing plants and Dena Warren read about the soil. Rachel Drozinski read about reducing waste material, Sam Peregoy read about the reuse of materials and Andrea Genson read about recycling. Heather Furrow shared a message about caring for the Earth.

Master gardener Sean Shipman explained how each pupil could place a marigold into a biodegradable peat pot to take home. Master gardeners Lynn Irwin, Brenda Finnegan and Barbara Childs helped pupils plant.

Up From the Soil will be presented at elementary schools this spring, including Manchester Elementary on May 14.

Information: Lisa Spence, 410-848-5013.

Service year completed

The Women's Club of Hampstead will celebrate the past year of service to the community with a luncheon at Westminster Inn at noon Tuesday.

The club is offering 50-50 raffle tickets to support an annual high school scholarship. Members plan to sell homemade baked goods and raffle tickets during the May 22 Hampstead Day at the familiar booth near Murray's Tag and Title Service.

On May 12, the Hampstead club will serve as host at a conference for the officers and members of clubs within the Western District of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) at the Wakefield Conference Center in Westminster. At least 50 members are expected to attend. The Hampstead club has been a member of the GFWC for 70 years.

Information: Elsie Cooper, 410-374-4868.

Dine to help the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland will benefit from a family night at Pizza Hut locations in Maryland from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Every Pizza Hut location is participating. Dining in, carryout and delivery (where available) is included in the fund-raiser. The Girl Scouts receive 20 percent of sales revenue, provided a coupon is presented to them with payment. Scouts have been given the coupons.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/28/99

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