First-graders assemble time capsules for 2012

NEIGHBORS

January 18, 2000|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CAPTURING the spirit of a child's life at the turn of this century will be the challenge of first-graders at Crofton Woods Elementary School who are preparing individual time capsules.

Each youngster has been gathering items that demonstrate what is important to him or her. Family pictures, toys, 1999 coins and stamps are being collected.

Erika Fregger is saving a dollar bill. Megan Fortman's collection includes some jaunty "2000" eyeglasses from New Year's Eve.

Edward Yost's capsule will hold a booklet he wrote about his first week of school. Michele Henry is saving a sweet Beanie Baby doll.

Some children chose a little truck or a World Wrestling Federation figure. Gillion Spolarich couldn't decide, so she collected a bagful.

The children are also writing paragraphs about their favorite sports and hobbies, their friends, their school and their life.

When all the collecting is done, they will stash their treasures in potato chip cans. They will then be entrusted to the first-graders' parents, to be held in safekeeping until the children are graduating from high school.

It's hard to imagine how things will have changed 11 years from now. But won't it be fun for the graduating seniors to reopen their capsules and enjoy a snapshot of life in 2000?

Rally for the schools

The Arundel/South River Coalition encourages residents to attend next week's two Board of Education hearings to show their support for a new high school in West County and for plans to deal with crowded schools.

One hearing will be held at Glen Burnie High School on Jan. 25. The second will be at Board of Education headquarters, on Riva Road in Annapolis, on Jan. 27.

Bus transportation to the hearings will be provided by the Greater Crofton Council. Buses will be boarded at the Crofton Country Club commuter parking lot at 6 p.m. and will return to the lot at 9: 30 p.m. Reservations for rides are required and should be made by Thursday.

For the Glen Burnie bus, call Sharon Puckett at 301-858-1338. For the Annapolis bus, call Shirley Herrmann at 410-721-3370.

Anyone wishing to testify at the hearings or seeking more information about the coalition can call Cindi Johnston at 410-451-0332.

Four Seasons club

The Four Season's Women's Club will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Four Seasons Elementary School.

Women living in the Four Seasons neighborhood are invited. Among the annual activities being planned are the blood drive on March 4 and the plant sale later in the spring.

This year, a bull and oyster roast will be presented at Gambrills Athletic Club on March 25. For information about tickets for the roast, call Carrie Manion at 410-672-6254. For information about the club and its activities, call Joanie Frykman at 301-621-7228.

CARP meeting

The Crofton Association of Retired Persons (CARP) will hold its first monthly meeting of the year at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center in Crofton.

Joyce Perry will entertain with "Spoonerism Comedy." Lunch will be served.

Membership is open to area residents 55 or older. Annual dues are $10, and the luncheon meetings cost $7. Information: Grace Walker, 410-721-8830.

Focus on Lent

The Christian German American Women's Group will meet at noon Monday in the Blue Room of the Chapel Center on Grandea Avenue in Fort Meade.

This month's meeting will focus on preparations for Lenten fasting. The group provides a social outlet in a Christian atmosphere for women interested in German language and culture. Meetings begin with prayer and discussion, followed by a German lunch and fellowship time. For more information, call Irene Kucholik at 301-621-7862 or Lisa Beilke at 301-604-5880.

Men's retreat

Crofton's Community United Methodist Church is organizing a Men's Retreat for Feb. 4-6 at Camp Harmison, near Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Participants will be able to spend time in fellowship, Bible study, personal reflection and enjoying the beautiful scenery in the area.

This is an opportunity for men to get to know others in the church and to have a peaceful time to reflect on life's priorities. Information: 410-721-9129.

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