Middle school guest readers offer link to community


January 14, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN MOST OF US think about reading books to children, we usually envision one of grade-school age or younger. That's what intrigued me about a guest reader program at George Fox Middle School on Outing Avenue.

If I remember correctly, the middle school phase around my house was frantic. Energy, emotions and tons of savvy remarks were a daily staple.

I could barely talk to the children civilly at times, so I couldn't imagine anyone reading to a roomful of middle schoolers.

But Carol Maid, the reading resource teacher at Fox, assured me that it happens. And the adults come out alive.

From 8 a.m. to 8: 35 a.m. Fridays, the school holds its guest reader program.

Parents, volunteers and school personnel read stories from a favorite book or magazine, or poetry. Or Maid and her colleagues suggest appropriate material.

"You would be surprised, but many of the kids are spellbound," she said. "Being read to seems to have a soothing, calming effect on them."

Guest readers do not have to have a child or grandchild in the school to participate, but most do.

"Some parents choose to read to their student's class; others choose another class," Maid said. "Just having people from the local community come in and read to our students encourages a better connection to the community."

If you're free on a Friday morning and would love to mesmerize a class full of adolescents for roughly 30 minutes, the youngsters at George Fox are waiting to listen.

The school's next PTSA/Citizens Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. . The topic for discussion will be George Fox's Maryland School Performance Assessment Program results.

Information: 410-437-5512.

Give blood at church

The health and welfare committee of Pasadena United Methodist Church will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

"January is generally a time that all blood banks are low and really need to replenish their reserve," said Sara Titus, spokeswoman for the church at 61 Ritchie Highway.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Those who have been rejected as donors in the past or have a health history that might prevent them from donation should not sign up.

Appointments may be made by calling the church office at 410-647-3090.

Information: Connie Bright, 410-766-0637.

Think baseball, not snowball

It's time for Lake Shore Youth Baseball sign-ups. Teams are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 16.

The cost is $65 for the first child in the family, and $15 for each additional child. Parents should bring photocopies of birth certificates.

The sign-ups will be held at Lake Shore Elementary School, 4531 Mountain Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 19, 26, and Feb. 3 p.m.; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 22, 29, and Feb 5.

Information: Karen Gast, 410-255-4815.

To arrange a tryout time for children ages 11 and 12, call John Brannon, 410-437-0383. For ages 13 and 14, call Larry Waters, 410-582-9965.

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