Manor Woods pupils `raise roof' in fund-raiser


March 15, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANOR WOODS Elementary School children and the community are "Raising the Roof" through their annual reading campaign. The school exceeded its goal of reading for 1 million minutes during the nine-week program by 290,300 minutes.

Pupils, staff and parents were asked to track their reading minutes on bookmarks from Jan. 5 to Friday, with each bookmark representing 150 minutes of reading time. Letters, with a bookmark enclosed, also were sent to members of the education community, asking them to participate.

Superintendent John R. O'Rourke, state Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and Gov. Parris N. Glendening read toward the goal. Board of Education members Sandra H. French, Patricia S. Gordon and Virginia Charles also participated.

The theme, "Raising the Roof," reflects the school's plan to build two pavilions as outdoor classrooms and after-school recreation areas. The project is being funded by proceeds from a dinner and silent auction held March 8.

Carrabba's provided the dinner, held in a Manor Woods cafeteria decorated to resemble an Italian restaurant. Children assisted with the cleanup. The silent auction, held in the gymnasium, included items donated by Manor Woods families and members of the community. People bid on "Principal for a Day," "Lunch with Mrs. Donna Streagle" and a "Build-a-Bear Session."

Each grade donated items that followed a theme and were auctioned. Kindergartners donated garden items that were placed in a huge ceramic flower pot. Second-graders assembled a basket for mothers, and third-graders put together a basket for fathers in a large utility tub.

Homemade crafts were made by schoolchildren. Wreaths, button picture-frames, garden stepping stones and a quilted table runner were produced by the youths for the auction.

Manor Woods families and supporters also donated auction items. A weekend at a Deep Creek Lake vacation home was auctioned, along with an autographed Ravens football and professional landscaping services.

"The success of these events was made possible by countless volunteers, incredible business and personal donations, and the imaginations of both children and parents," said parent Susan Bradley. "Everyone donated their time." The event raised $19,500 for the pavilion project.

Construction will begin next month and is to be completed by late May. Principal James Weisner and Assistant Principal Keith West promised to sit on top of the pavilions if the goal was met. They look forward to an entire day of reading atop the pavilions this spring.

Other incentives were offered to encourage children to meet reading goals. Four classes earned the privilege of landscaping the area around the pavilions: Susan Rooner's first grade, Pam Fields' second grade, Sean Martin's third grade and Anne Miller's fifth grade.

Groundbreaking privileges were won by Alison Sorkin's fifth-grade class and Debbie Mathews' first-grade class.

The fifth grade, followed by the first grade, won the chance to be the first and second groups to dine in the new pavilions. The graduating fifth-graders were given the honor of naming the pavilions.

"Teachers, staff members, parents and students worked equally together to make this project a success," Bradley said. "Everyone, no matter what your level of participation was, helped to build a brighter future at the Manor."

River Hill plays

River Hill High School music students participated in the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival on Feb. 10 at Mount Hebron High School.

To participate, students were required to be active in their school's music program. Each student played a short selection and a variety of musical scales on his or her instrument, or performed as part of a small ensemble.

"Months of practice are involved to prepare for this 15 minutes of scrutiny," said River Hill parent Kay Sauers.

All of the students received ratings of "1" or "2" (with 1 being the highest) out of 4 possible grades. Anna Berry, Dee Brimley, Jay Brimley, Andrew Chiang, Tami Churns, Dan DeRemigis, David DeRemigis, Jen Griesbach, Tim Hill, Jenny Lee, Melanie McKay, Sarah Pernick, Karl Petre, Paul Quinn, Claudia Rosa, Matthew Sauers, Nick Sohr, Hilary Thomas, Jason Thurman, Erica Tindale, Eleanor Vekert, Jiang Wei Zhu and Paul Zimmerman played at the event.

Cheerleaders perform

Glenelg High School Junior Varsity cheerleaders ended their season with two exciting competitions. The team earned an honorable mention for its routine at the "Reach the Beach" competition Feb. 24 in Ocean City.

"It was especially difficult to prepare for this competition, as two days of snow prevented the team from practicing," said Paula Foster, JV cheer coach. "[But] the team overcame this obstacle and executed all of their stunts."

After reviewing the video they taped at the Ocean City competition, team members reworked their routine to improve their formations, transitions and stunt difficulty. The changes paid off - the team finished third in the Howard County Cheer Championships on March 3.

"The third-place finish is especially meaningful, because the Glenelg JV team consists primarily of freshmen," Foster said. "This was an excellent finish to the best year I've ever coached. I can hardly wait to see what's in store for next year."

In addition to the team award, freshman Megan Silas of Glenelg earned third place in the Howard County JV Individual Cheerleader competition.

Tryouts for the Glenelg junior varsity and varsity teams will be held in May. Visit the team Web site for tryout information:

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