Graduates can inscribe memories on walkway


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

SCHOOL GRADUATES invariably take a little something in memories when they leave. Now, at Glen Burnie High School, there is an opportunity to give a little something back.

Former students, their parents, teachers and school staff are invited to add a message - perhaps memorializing their role in the school's history - by purchasing a personalized brick for a new walkway.

The walkway is part of a continuing campus beautification project, which has been supported by donations from the school community and area residents and businesses - notable among them a $30,000 gift from Tate Dodge.

"Nine hundred kids worked on the planting, during three school days May 30 and 31 and June 1," said Chris O'Neill, facilitator of the school's Career Connections program, which prepares students for the business world and college.

O'Neill said yesterday that the beautification project engaged students in activities that are a part of the business world, such as accounting, organizational skills, publicity and art.

The project included a mailing to about 9,000 alumni late last month, which has brought a modest response in brick orders and donations.

"As the money comes in from the bricks or people's donations, it's going into beautification - to have a little more green instead of so much cement," O'Neill said, adding that donations and the sale of about 70 bricks have raised about $54,000.

Imprinted bricks for the walkway cost $30 and allow a three-line message with a maximum of 14 characters on each line - posing a challenge for the creative-minded who may wish to inscribe more than a name and year of graduation.

Several bricks have been purchased to remember people or children who have died, or as tributes to parents and children - even grandparents and grandchildren - who have in common graduation from Glen Burnie High, which opened in the early 1920s.

One brick, purchased by the school's art department, declares: "You've gotta have art."

O'Neill said messages must be "clean and printable."

During the summer, the beautification plantings are being tended by two students, Jessica Furness and Garnett Pumphrey. They come in a few hours a day as a summer work experience to water and weed, O'Neill said.

To order a brick or make a donation to the project, call Chris O'Neill at 410-761-8950.

AARP activities

Glen Burnie's chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is recruiting craft-makers and travelers for activities.

Craft exhibitors are needed for the group's fall craft show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Building at 19 Crain Highway. Table rentals are $15, and reservations are recommended. To obtain a space, call 410-768-1911 or 410-859-0642.

The group has also mapped out travel plans, including an America's Heartland trip Sept. 5-16. The cost is $1,464 per person, double occupancy.

Highlights include stops at the Wisconsin Dells, Black Hills, Badlands, Deadwood Casino and Mount Rushmore.

Included in the cost are transportation by train and bus, nine nights of accommodations, daily breakfasts, eight dinners, entertainment, tips, guides and hotel baggage handling.

A mystery day trip is scheduled Oct. 4, leaving at 7 a.m. to a surprise destination and returning at 7 p.m. The cost is $64.

Colonial Williamsburg will be the destination Dec. 2-4. The cost is $248 per person, double occupancy, including bus transportation, two nights' lodging, two buffet breakfasts, two dinners, a tour of Williamsburg, musical entertainment and outlet shopping.

Information or reservations: 410-766-4667 or 410-766-2368.

Exhibitors sought

Crafters are invited to participate in the Messiah United Methodist Church Fall Craft Fair and lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9.

Tables are $15, with proceeds going to the general church fund. Reservations or information: 410-766-1651 after 5 p.m.

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