Pupils' effort to aid endangered species


May 25, 1999|By John J. Snyder | John J. Snyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR THE FIFTH YEAR in a row, Talbott Springs Elementary School pupils have raised money to help the National Zoological Society in its efforts to save threatened animals.

Under the direction of Gifted and Talented Program resource teacher Carrye Jones, the pupils sold art and crafts on the theme of endangered animals at an Endangered Species Bazaar at Chatham Mall in March.

Sales of items such as tote bags with hand-painted gorillas, emperor penguin hand puppets, Indiana bat bookmarks and an Atlantic green turtle tea set brought in more than $2,000.

Mall shoppers also had an opportunity to test their knowledge in a game of "Endangered Species Jeopardy." Topics included native birds, mammals and fish.

The fund-raiser began in 1994 as a Type III investigation by pupils in the Gifted and Talented Program at Talbott Springs. Type III investigations are explorations of real-life problems in which the children try to find a solution.

The first year, the youngsters made art objects to be sold at a silent auction during the school's yearly Enrichment Fair. The idea was such a success that it was adopted for broader use in the county in 1997.

This year, the theme for the bazaar was "Endangered Species of Maryland." A giant blue crab was the fair's mascot.

Talbott Springs art teacher Sharon Higdon directed pupils Samantha Just, Paul Vogel, Lisa Jura, Ryan Miller and Supraja Kolluri as they created the papier-mache sculpture.

The crab serves as the school's mascot from a place of honor in the main lobby.

This afternoon, proceeds from the sale will be presented to the National Zoological Society and the Chesapeake Bay Trust during a ceremony at the Board of Education building in Ellicott City.

The organizations each will receive a check for $1,100.

Curb service

Natalie Harvey, Columbia Association Senior Advisory Committee member for Oakland Mills, says a new transportation option is available for older Columbians.

Free curb-to-curb evening and weekend transportation is available to local entertainment venues for those age 60 and older.

Arrangements for round-trip rides to theaters, lake-front activities, art receptions, lectures and concerts may be made over the phone. Vehicles are accessible to the disabled.

Reservations must be made a week in advance. Callers should be prepared to leave a recorded message with their name, address and phone number, and mention special needs along with the name of the event, the date, time and location.

The service is a pilot program funded by the Columbia Association Community Services Division and Urban Rural Transportation Alliance.

Data are being collected by the Columbia Association to determine which areas are most in need of the service.

Information or reservations: 410-715-3087.

Festival of the Arts

East Columbia residents will be featured next month in an all-member Festival of the Arts show at Artists' Gallery in the American City Building on Wincopin Circle.

Paintings, drawings, monotypes, photographs, miniatures, stained glass, metal sculpture, furniture and jewelry will be on display.

Watercolorist Bonita Glaser, photographer Dene'e Barr and watercolorist Jing Ji Chen will show their work.

A free reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 18.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Mondays through

Fridays and 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Saturdays.

The gallery is at 10227 Wincopin Circle. Information: 410-740-8249.

Beautify your street

Spring is definitely here. A great way to beautify your community and work with your neighbors is to create an island of flowers on your street.

The Village of Kings Contrivance is teaming up with Metzler's Garden Center & Florist to make it easy to transform a grassy cul-de-sac into a colorful garden.

The first three streets that present a plan will be eligible to receive a $200 grant from the community association for plants and supplies to beautify the roundabouts.

Metzler's will provide a 20 percent discount toward the purchase of plants for program participants.

Plans must be approved in advance. People who submit an application to the community association at Amherst House will need a picture of the cul-de-sac, a petition signed by 80 percent of the residents and a plan showing the location and list of plants.

Information: 410-381-9600.

Child's play

The East Columbia Library will offer summer programs for parents or caregivers with young children beginning next month. Most programs begin at 10: 15 a.m.

On Mondays, infants younger than 23 months may attend "Play Partners," a 30-minute program of lap games, tickles, bounces and rhymes.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, children ages 2-5 may enjoy "All Together Now," a half-hour story time for families.

"Just for Me," a program for the 3- to 5-year-old set, offers theme-centered story times for children who are ready for an independent small group experience.

Information: children's librarian Mie-Mie Wu, 410-313-7730.

Free lunch music

Guitarist Dave Chappell of Long Reach and his band will be standing in for Billy Hancock at a free lunchtime concert from 11: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Friday in the Kings Contrivance village center courtyard.

Musicians Chappell has performed with include Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch.

Bassist John Previty and drummer Dave Elliot, formerly of the Danny Gatton Band, round out the group.

Pub Date: 5/25/99

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