Girl Scouts and their dads dance the evening away


January 18, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GIRL SCOUT Troop 921 held its first Father-Daughter Snowflake Dance on Friday evening in the cafeteria at Clarksville Elementary School. This is the first time the troop of fifth-graders planned and managed such an event.

Attending were 80 father-daughter couples from the Clarksville Cluster of Girl Scouts, which included girls in kindergarten through seventh grade.

It was a fancy affair with girls dressed in special-occasion dresses and dads in suits and ties. Some dressed more casually, and many girls wore corsages. As the girls and dads arrived, they signed up for a chance to win door prizes and then had the opportunity to have their pictures taken. Some dads brought two daughters. Fathers helped their daughters decorate frames for their pictures.

To organize the dance, girls in the troop were divided into committees. One committee made the backdrop for the photos, another gathered door prizes and another bought refreshments. Everything was planned by the girls, with help from their leader, Faith Dillman, and co-leader, Kathy Deibler.

The girls also worked at the dance, keeping the refreshment table stocked, assisting with check-in and photos and keeping things orderly in the dance area.

Troop members are Rachel Deibler, Alison Jacques, Kali Makinen, Colleen McMichael, Elana Metzman, Kate Skelly and Lauren Westerlund of Clarksville; Courtney Dillman, Meaghan Ervin, Catie Fisher, Kelly Miller and Jennifer Taylor of Highland; Katherine Carpenter and Lauren Talbot of Dayton; and Samantha LeDoux of Ellicott City.

Ninety-first Eagle

Christopher Brooks Leitch became Troop 737's 91st Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor held in November. Eagle Scout Jonathan Kraeuter was master of ceremonies.

Attending were Eagle Scoutmaster Dan Hall, former Scoutmaster Joe Mettle and Eagle Adviser Tom Hartman. Sal Barone, Brooks' grandfather, gave the blessing at the potluck dinner.

For his Eagle project, Brooks (who goes by his middle name) planned and oversaw the addition of two park benches for reading and supervision of children on the playground at the Church of the Resurrection and St. Paul School in Ellicott City.

He constructed the benches, built a wooden border and applied weed cloth and mulch around the base of the benches. Brooks' project required 146 hours to complete, 62 of which he contributed. Brooks graduated from Glenelg High School in May and attends Howard Community College.

Buddy project

Seventh-graders at Glenwood Middle School have been working this school year on a buddy reading project with Harlem Park Elementary in Baltimore.

In October, the students went to the city school and read a book with a buddy there. Then, the buddies wrote a book together, modeling it after the one they had read. During the year, the buddies exchange letters in which they discuss books they are reading.

The students are collecting used books for their buddy school until Jan. 26. They also are collecting donations of candy, boxed valentines, and red and pink construction paper to deliver Feb. 14.

Books and valentine supplies can be dropped off at Glenwood Middle School during regular school hours. Look for more buddy activities in the future.

Information: 410 313-5520.

Gifts of the season

Manor Woods Elementary School delivered about 200 gift boxes last month to the residents of the Children's Home in Catonsville. Schoolchildren donated items such as gift certificates, toiletries, candy, socks, mittens, hats, small games, playing cards, lotions, shampoo, compact discs, notepaper, journals and books for the "Boxes of Joy."

They decorated the boxes and filled them with the goodies.

Champion cheerleaders

On Saturday, Glenelg High School's junior varsity cheerleaders participated in a competition of the Eastern Cheerleaders Association at Howard High School. The team, made up of five sophomores and 15 freshmen, won the Champion Trophy for the JV Division. In addition, the team earned an invitation to ECA's national competition, based on its score.

The team is led by captains Mandy Norcutt and Emily Stein and co-captains Katie and Sarah Russell. Team members are Diana Dinnis, Jessica Gorzo, Erin Graham, Kim Hepner, Liz Houck, Ashley Kerns, Alyssa Ketterer, Becca Long, Stacie Midkiff, Heather Miller, Kaitlin MacCallum, Niki Price, Megan Silas and Lara Wilson.

The JV team is coached by Paula Foster and Dawn Martinec. The next competition for the champions, the Scorpion Invitational, will take place Feb. 10 at Oakland Mills High School.

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