To honor teachers, Solley essayists tell what makes them great

NEIGHBORS

May 05, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PLANNING A unique celebration to honor teachers at Solley Elementary School for National Teacher Appreciation Week proved to be a challenge for members of its PTA.

Serving a luncheon for the teachers had been done earlier in the year. A small gift or flowers might have been nice, but the PTA wanted to get pupils involved in thanking their teachers.

"As a group, we recognize the outstanding efforts of our teachers and their many contributions to our school and community," said Pat Delawder, PTA spokeswoman. "To get the students involved, we decided to sponsor a schoolwide writing contest."

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade were invited to write a short essay on the topic "My Teacher Is the Best." No big prizes were promised, just the opportunity to have a free lunch with their favorite teacher next week.

About 100 entries were received -- from all but the fourth grade -- and seven essays were selected by the contest judge, Principal James Haynie.

Kindergartner Krystle Sanders was selected for her words about teacher Cindy Hughes: "Mrs. Hughes helps us learn our ABC's. She helped me do dot to dot in the book. I like when she reads us books."

First-grader Faith Cicere had many great things to say about her teacher, Tammy Brendle:

"First she pulls my teeth. For example, she pulled my two front teeth when I needed them pulled. Next, she's really good with kids. For example, she always gives us a treat when we try our best. Then, she's kind. For example, she's always fair like if the whole class behaves sometimes we get extra recess.

"Last, she is very smart. For example, she always comes up with very smart things. Finally, she give us lots of homework. For example, when she gives us lots of homework she makes our brains smart."

Second-grader Matthew Delawder, one of Pat Delawder's sons, praised teacher Nicole Moratto: "Ms. Moratto makes me and the class smarter every day. She teaches us math and science. I like second grade because Ms. Moratto is my teacher."

Third-grader Richard Delawder, another of Delawder's sons, likes his teacher Karen Stickles: "Mrs. Stickles wants us to do our best and set our goals high. She makes our work challenging and fun."

Third-grader Stephanie Johnson nominated media specialist Mary MacNemar to receive the best-teacher honor. "First, she is a great media teacher. My evidence is when she taught my class the card catalog and the Dewey decimal system. We all know it and we all remember it. Secondly, she makes learning fun. Then, she really knows her stuff. My evidence is, if you need an answer to a question, you will get a real true answer."

Fifth-graders Steven Gunter and Jacqueline Johnson both had winning essays nominating their teacher, Stacy Smith.

"She is very fair to all students and she is always helpful when you need her," Steven wrote. "She teaches us how to help one another and work as a team."

Jacqueline said: "She is a very kind, compassionate, and talented teacher. To begin with, her first day to start her teaching career at Solley was the first day back from our winter break. It was a hard change for all of the students, but most of all for her. She made this `teacher swap' an easy transition."

Kudos to all the Solley kids who entered the contest; congrat- ulations to the winners; and thanks to teachers -- everywhere.

Bargains galore

Avid bargain hunters have their choice of three local shopping extravaganzas tomorrow in the Fort Smallwood Road area of Pasadena: Pine Grove Village Community Association is sponsoring a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 homeowners have signed up to open their yards to shoppers.

Free maps listing homes participating in the sale, and directions, will be available at the community's main entrance at Fort Smallwood Road and Appian Way. Visitors are asked to park at the community park on Sandy Beach Drive, where the community association will be selling refreshments.

Information: 410-437-2416.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8615 Fort Smallwood Road, will have a yard sale/flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nearly new items, secondhand treasures and baked goods will be available, and a continental breakfast and light lunch entrees will be sold.

Spaces are available for $10. Information: 410-360-9863 or 410-255-1806.

The outreach committee of Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood, is sponsoring an outdoor market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces are still available for $10. Information: 410-255-4115.

Glorious food

Hungry shoppers can stop by Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Riviera Drive in Riviera Beach, for a fried chicken dinner from noon to 6 p.m.

The cost is $7.50 for adults, and $3.50 for children ages 5-12; those younger can eat for free.

Carryout dinners can also be ordered by phone tomorrow, and will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free delivery is available for seniors, shut-ins and businesses in a limited area.

Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

Carryout orders: 410-437-2846.

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