After-school program takes hands-on approach to arts


April 16, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LEADERSHIP ANNE Arundel and the county Department of Parks and Recreation have combined to offer pupils in the after-school program at Park Elementary hands-on arts experiences.

The leadership organization has arranged for artists to perform in the afternoon program operated by Parks and Recreation. After the show, the artists teach the children how to do the same performance.

"They are so excited to have hands-on with the arts," said Emily Tomasini, teen-program coordinator at Parks and Recreation. "The first performer we had was a magician. After his show, he taught all of them how to do the same tricks. Now they are doing them all over the place. They love it."

Leadership Anne Arundel is a nonprofit program to prepare people to get involved and take a leadership role in the community. Lisa DiGiacinto, chief of the Division of Recreation and Athletics for Parks and Recreation, said the program's participants come from a variety of backgrounds.

"It's a mixture of people -- public, private and government employees. There is an application process for them. They have to write an essay and be interviewed," she said.

DiGiacinto said the group had been involved in a similar program last year at Van Bokkelen Elementary and wanted to continue it at Park. "Park has the HotSpots program, so we decided to go in there.

"This is called `Bringing Arts to Kids: Continuing the Dream.' And it's not just a 30-minute ride. It is a performance, then a workshop. Next week, the YWCA Carter School of Dance is coming in, and they will learn how to do the dances."

She added: "Studies have shown that kids who are involved in the arts are better students. It opens up their brain."

Tomasini said the arts program will continue at Park throughout the school year.

And this summer, Parks and Recreation plans to run an activity center at Park. Open to all Brooklyn Park children in grades one through six, the program will offer games, sports, field trips, arts and crafts, and nature studies.

The summer program, limited to 50 children, will be held from 8: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. weekdays, from June 26 to Aug. 4. The cost is $150.

Applications are included in the Parks and Recreation summer brochure at libraries and stores.

Information on the summer program or arts program at Park Elementary: Tomasini, 410-222-7313.

Student art, poetry winners

The Court of Our Lady of Fatima No. 1501 of the Catholic Daughters of America has announced the winners of its annual art and poetry contest for the pupils of St. Rose of Lima Catholic School.

Each year, the court proposes two topics for pupils to consider. This year, they chose either "The Face in the Clouds" or "Bringing Peace to the Heart."

Court spokesman Frances Balonis said the topics were particularly challenging. "These were hard to put on paper. The paintings and poetry had to signify what each student thought about this topic," she said.

There are two groups -- Division 1 for pupils in grades four through six and Division 2 for grades seven and eight.

Poetry winners in both chose "The Face." Emily Znamirowski won in the younger group, Beth Lerie in the older.

In Division 1, Kelly McCormick took second place and Kevin Lee third. In Division 2, second place was awarded to Shannon Dorsey and third to Natalie Scurto.

In the art competition, both first-place winners chose the peace topic. Brittany McKenzie won in Division 1, Kelly Rupinski in the older group.

Christina Birch and Lauren O'Malley were second and third, respectively, in Division 1's art competition, and Stacey Householder and Natalie Scurto were second and third in the older group.

The first-place winners have been entered in the statewide competition.

Community meeting

Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, Morgan Road and 14th Avenue.

Guest speaker will be Darryl Scarborough, a registered nurse and site coordinator of the county's Brooklyn Park Health Center on Hammonds Lane. He will provide information on health and immunization programs available there.

All are welcome to attend. Information: 410-636-3269 or 410-636-0352.

New York bus trip

There's time to reserve a seat for the Brooklyn Park Alumni Association bus trip to New York on May 6.

The bus will leave at 6: 30 a.m. from the Bingo World parking lot on Belle Grove Road, with drop-off in the heart of Manhattan at Broadway and 50th Street.

After a day of shopping, sightseeing or taking in a Broadway show, the day-trippers will leave New York at 7 p.m. and return about 11: 30 p.m.

Tickets are $30. Information: 410-636-3269 or 410-789-7214.

Crab cake dinner

Brooklyn United Methodist Church will hold a crab cake dinner from 11 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Friday in the church hall.

A platter with one crab cake is $6, and a platter with two is $10. Carryouts will be available.

The church is at Fourth Street and Pontiac Avenue. Information: 410-355-8740.

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