Students give boost to second-graders


March 02, 2001|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIRTY STUDENTS IN the Maryland's Tomorrow program at Northeast High School will be traveling to Brooklyn Park Elementary this morning to read stories and have a piece of cake with 60 second-graders to celebrate Read Across America Day.

This is the third year that students in Maryland's Tomorrow - a program helping at-risk young people stay in school - have participated in the event marking the birthday of Dr. Seuss with the children at Brooklyn Park.

Sixteen-year-old Charles Stup, a Maryland's Tomorrow student and veteran of last year's trip, says he is excited about participating again. He'll be reading the Seuss classic, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to launch the morning's activities.

Others taking an active role in the festivities will be Stacy Fruengel and Heather Schmidt.

"Going to read to the little kids has helped me out a lot," Charles said. "I really enjoy it."

He and several classmates have also participated in a pen-pal program, initiated by Sue Smith, Maryland's Tomorrow teacher and program leader, in conjunction with Smith's sister Christine Hines, who teaches second grade at Brooklyn Park Elementary. Today's activities will also include face-to-face pen-pal meetings.

Charles said helping the younger kids makes him feel good about himself and has expanded his view of the world and his place in it.

"I'm not really sure about what I want to do after I graduate, probably something to do with my hands, but if I can combine working with my hands and helping people, that would be my goal," he said.

Church gathering

The United Methodist Women at Pasadena United Methodist Church are playing host tomorrow to a Lenten cluster meeting for Methodist churches in the Pasadena area.

The "Call to Prayer and Self Denial" session from 8:30 a.m. to noon will begin with a continental breakfast and registration. At 9 a.m., the Rev. Paul Murray, executive director of Susanna Wesley House, a transitional home for women, will speak about the 2-year-old program based in Baltimore.

Jenny Shelly, day case manager at the Susanna Wesley House, said the program is open to women and women with children who need assistance in areas including job skills, budgeting and daily life. Women are referred the Wesley House from emergency shelters and other social service programs. The average stay is six to nine months.

"We have 15 rooms available in the home with six rooms designated for women with children," Shelly said. "We provide the basics, including three meals a day, to help these women to get on the right track."

The community is invited. The church is at 61 Ritchie Highway. Information: 410-647-3090.

Spaghetti and bingo

The Ladies of the Knights of Columbus, Monsignor Raymond P. Kelly Council is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner bingo tomorrow at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church parish hall, 8513 St. Jane Drive.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo will begin at 7 p.m.

The cost is $20 for a full-course spaghetti dinner including meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a beverage, and 20 regular games and five specials.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

The ladies group will also hold an indoor flea market from 8 a.m. to noon April 7 in the church hall. Six-foot vendor tables are available at $10, or $15 for two.

Information: Dawn Fischer, 410-255-9561.

Knights fish fry

Knights of Columbus Council 10966 at St. Jane Frances will begin its annual Lenten fish fries from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in parish hall. Fish-fry Fridays will continue March 9, 23 and 30, and April l6.

Fried fish or coddie dinners featuring choice of two sides, roll and beverage will be sold, along with cheese pizza, clam chowder, fish sandwiches, desserts and sodas.

Carryouts are available.

Information: 410-255-1940.

St. Jane science fair

Junior high students at St. Jane Frances School recently competed in its annual Science Fair Odyssey, led by science teacher Bill Mason and judged by employees from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and the National Security Agency.

First-prize winners were:

Sixth grade - Andrew Brown, botany; Tyler Day, chemistry; Nicholas Prindeze, earth science; Raymond McCombs, health; Christina King, physics; Joshua DuHaime, behavioral science.

Seventh grade - David Fritz, botany; Greg Wurzberger, chemistry; Parker Schandrowsky, earth science; Daniel Holub, health; Thomas Roussos and Monica Przybysz, physics; Nicholas Pease, behavioral science; Kristen Cowan, zoology.

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