Kiwanis Club of Severna Park helps beautify Freetown Elementary School

Neighbors

May 06, 1999|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RALPH GLASGOW, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Severna Park, is a member of ELFUN, an investment club for General Electric managers which also serves as a vehicle for community service.

The group's most recent beneficiary -- Freetown Elementary School in Pasadena -- is receiving new landscaping to improve the school's appearance and pupil safety.

"This community-based project will not only create a beautiful, safe and creative environment," said school counselor Carolyn Crawley, "but it will help increase the pride of the students, staff and Freetown community."

Lora Williams of GE Industrial Systems is coordinating the project; botanist and landscaper Jean Worthley, former host of PBS' "Hodge Podge Lodge," is designing and directing it. Twenty volunteers cleared several areas around the school Saturday, and new plants and shrubs will be put in place this Saturday.

Several businesses have helped with the project, including United Rental Co., which donated a tiller, and Hechinger, which provided plants at a discounted rate.

"The school and the community working together has always been one of my goals," said Freetown Principal Sharon Herring.

Among the volunteers are GE retiree Karl Vogt of Severna Park and Kiwanis Club members Gordon Mann, Tom Nester and Glasgow. Young people who are fulfilling their community service obligations for graduation and others working off sentences received from the county's Teen Court will also be involved.

The landscaping project is a continuation of the relationship between Freetown Elementary and the Severna Park Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanians have regularly contributed grocery store receipts to help the school acquire scholastic and athletic equipment.

Reach Freetown Elementary School by calling 410-222-6900. For Kiwanis Club information, call 410-647-8361.

Boating course

A three-part Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course is planned from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 24, 28 and 31 at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis.

To receive your boating certificate, a requirement for Maryland boaters born after July 1, 1972, you must attend all three sessions.

Sponsored by the Friends of the B&A Trail Park, the course will talk about safe boating, as well as offer helpful information such as right of way rules.

Register at the B&A Trail Park office on Earleigh Heights Road. The fee is $15. For information, call 410-222-6244.

Photo contest

If you're an amateur photographer and would like to test your skill, the county Department of Recreation and Parks has a photo contest for you.

Photos must be of county parks or facilities, and dated after last Saturday. Pick up copies of the rules at Downs Park, Quiet Waters Park, Lake Waterford Park or the B&A Trail Park office.

The contest deadline is Aug. 30.

For information, call Ranger David DeVault at 410-222-6230 or 410-222-6244.

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