Marley Elementary pupils bring history to life


March 22, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANYONE WHO thinks parents have become apathetic toward their children's education should have been at the Marley Elementary Multicultural Millennium Fair last week.

The event took place at the adjacent Marley Glen Special School, whose multipurpose room is more than twice the size of Marley Elementary's. Even so, there was a standing-room-only crowd of parents, grandparents and friends.

Divided by grade levels, pupils acted out great moments from 1900 through 1999. In one night, we saw Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth step up to the plate, Elvis Presley gyrate, Rosa Parks refuse to give up her bus seat and Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Students re-enacted the arrival of Vietnamese boat people, the crash of the stock market and a civil rights march.

The next day, pupils buried a time capsule on the playground, with representatives from each grade making a contribution and explaining their choices.

Second-grader Howard Mullins presented a model airplane to represent 1900-1919. Third-grader Erin Hamilton added an American flag, Mickey Mouse picture and a baby food jar for 1920-1939.

Fourth-grader Alexis Floyd represented 1940-1959 with a copy of TV Guide, a Frank Sinatra album and an Elvis tape. Outreach student Michael Brock represented the 1960s with love beads and the text of a civil rights speech.

Lester McCrobie, grade five, added a calculator and videotape to mark technology that debuted between 1970 and 1989. First-grader Dayna Williams finished up with a compact disc to represent the 1990s.

Pupils Dante Johnson, Rebecca Lien, Brandon Booker, Teara Butler, Bryan Hott and Antoine Keene also participated by helping the school's administrative intern, Dawn Lucarelli, on shovel duty in burying the time capsule.

Golden anniversary

Glendale Elementary School is turning 50 this year and invites old and new friends to celebrate.

The school will have an open house from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room. Current and former staff and pupils are invited to view a pictorial history, see plans for the new school building and enjoy refreshments.

The school is at 105 Carroll

Road. Information: 410-222-6404 or 410-222-6406.

AARP travel plans

Glen Burnie's American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 606 is planning two trips -- one somewhat near, and the other not -- that are open to the public.

The first is a Pennsylvania shopping trip to Penns Purchase and Peddler's Village, near New Hope, Pa., on April 15. The cost is $20, with the proceeds going to charity.

This year's extended trip will take travelers by rail and bus through America's heartland, with a destination of Mount Rushmore. Travel dates are Sept. 5-16, and the cost is $1,460 per person (double occupancy). Payments may be made in monthly installments. The trip includes round-trip train transportation to Chicago, accommodations for nine nights, daily breakfasts, eight dinners, entertainment, tips, guides and hotel baggage handling.

Highlights will include the Wisconsin Dells, Black Hills, Deadwood Casino and "Little Switzerland" in Wisconsin.

The Glen Burnie group was recently named 1999 Chapter of the Year by the state office. The organization raises money for charitable organizations and participates in other service projects.

Information: Betty Harris, 410-766-2368.

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