Book swap's main goal is to help fuel Brooklyn Park pupils' fire for reading


January 30, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

READING THE same book over and over again can become tedious. For the casual reader, even a favorite book can lose its mystique after the 10th reading. So to assure that her pupils have new pages to turn, Brooklyn Park Elementary School reading teacher Kathy Fieldhouse is staging a book swap for them this week.

Children may exchange up to five paperback books that they have read for coupons that they can redeem for books that others have donated.

Fieldhouse said the BPES pupils are excited about the trade-in -- or trade-up -- opportunity. The swap is intended especially for children to bring in books they read when they were younger to trade for the books that interest them now, she said.

Pupils' trading for books that are on a higher reading level should help BPES continue its progress with the Book-It reading incentive program. Last month, Fieldhouse said, BPES pupils read 1,873 books. Although this was lower than the November total of 2,687 books, she points to significant improvement in the performance of the school's upper grades.

"There was a dramatic increase by the fifth and sixth grades. The participation in the program for the fifth-graders went from 23 percent to 46 percent. Whereas the early-grade students read picture books, the upper-grade pupils read novels. They were averaging between one and three novels each for the month.

"Now when students read a book that they like, they will come in and ask for others like it," Fieldhouse said.

Community residents are welcome to donate books for the swap. Books may be dropped off at the school. Information: 410-222-6590.

Belle Grove reading

Parents of current and future pupils in kindergarten to grade 2 at Belle Grove Elementary School are welcome to attend a meeting from 2: 45 p.m. to 3: 45 p.m. Monday at the school to discuss its reading programs.

Reading teacher Susan Barrie will provide information on the different programs and strategies that parents may use to improve their child's reading skills.

Teachers from all grade levels will be available to answer questions.

Information: 410-222-6589.

Democratic club meeting

Newly elected officers of the Roland Terrace Democratic Club will be installed at its next meeting, at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in the club hall at 619 Matthews Ave. in Brooklyn Park.

The officers are: Ray Cadden Sr., president; Bob Ketchum, vice president; Walter (Lucky) Uzialko, treasurer; H. Pauline Harvey, secretary; Henrietta Lance, corresponding secretary; Henry Fisher, financial secretary; and Jim Chavis and Stanley Yastrzemski, sergeants- at-arms.

On the board of directors are: Joe Smith, Fred Fontz, Tom Eckert, Judy Roberson, Joe Cooper, Charles Harvey, Paul Kisling, Frank Faulkner and Frank Hupfel.

The club will sponsor a Valentine's dance from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the hall. Tickets are $10 and include a platter, beer and setups, with music by Glen and the Gemstones.

You need not be a member to attend; everyone age 21 and older is welcome.

Membership is open to all registered Democrats.

Information: 410-636-1504 after 6 p.m.

Church concert

Native Baltimorean Bill Itzel will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Townsend Avenue Baptist Church, at 4200 Townsend Ave. in Brooklyn.

Itzel is a Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter. In the 1980s, he began to perform with the Speer Family. Today, he and his family travel throughout the country to minister and perform at 120 churches a year.

The program is free, but an offering will be taken.

Information: 410-355-0347.

Country-western dance

The Arundel Improvement Association will sponsor a Young and Old County-Western Dance from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at its hall, 705 Cross St. in Brooklyn Park.

Tickets are $8, and include a hot platter, beer and setups. Proceeds will go to the AIA building fund.

Information or to reserve tickets: Frances Jones at 410-789-2192.

St. Rose alumni sought

Any school that opened in the 1920s is bound to have alumni interested in getting together. The staff of St. Rose of Lima School is looking for alumni to update its records.

Those interested in receiving information on events and being a part of the school's march into the millennium is encouraged to call the school at 410-355-1050, or send name, address, phone number and year of graduation by fax to 410-355-2408, or e-mail at

Church celebrates 148 years

St. John United Methodist Church will celebrate its 148th anniversary at the 4 p.m. service today.

Guest minister will be the Rev. Julius Ford of Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

The combined choirs from St. John's and Wilson Memorial will sing at the service, which people of all faiths are welcome to attend.

St. John is at 6019 Belle Grove Road in Pumphrey. Information: 410-636-2578.

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