School comes up with sweet way to reward pupils who do well


January 19, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A PHONE CALL home from the principal's office is not usually met with positive feelings. But Sharon Herring, principal of Freetown Elementary, has turned that misconception around.

When pupils perform a special act of kindness or do well in their academic work, they take a trip to the principal's office to make a "sweet phone call home."

The calls are made from an M&M candy phone. Guidance Counselor Carolyn Crawley says the calls not only promote good citizenship, but also help build self-esteem.

"They can call a parent and say, `Hey, Mom, I got an A on my spelling test,' " she said. "This is for those unsung heroes who don't always get a chance to shine."

The M&M phone is getting quite a workout. On average, two to three pupils a day have been using it. And there's another reward, a tasty one. Pupils receive a pack of M&M's after they've finished their calls.

Rally for a new Marley

Marley Middle School parents are trying to drum up support for the Board of Education budget hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Parents, staff members and other residents are encouraged to attend the meeting as advocates for a new school building. Organizers are encouraging those who attend to wear blue and gold, and to make signs to carry their message: "We support a NEW Marley Middle School."

A handful of representatives from the school have been asked to speak before the board, but others who attend will be asked to stand as a group in support of the school.

PTA President Teresa Steger said the school is 11th on the priority list, with feasibility and design money designated for fiscal 2001.

"We need to attend this meeting to ensure that we stay on the list in our current position," she said.

Marley Middle School pupils who attend will receive a homework pass.

For more information, call Steger at 410-360-7423.

Black History Month

The North County library at Harundale has scheduled several events to commemorate Black History Month.

A program for children ages 2 to 6 is planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9: 30 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m. Feb. 3, featuring stories, activities and crafts centered on black history.

The All Natural African Dancers and Drummers will perform at the library at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Led by Tony Powell, the group has performed traditional African music and dance since 1986.

It will include rhythms and movements of West African and Transafrican folklore and dances. The performance is a family program for all ages, and audience participation will be welcomed.

Seating for the events will be first-come, first-served.

The library is at 1010 Eastway, off Ritchie Highway across from Harundale Plaza. Information: 410-222-6270.

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