Speaker delivers inspirational message to pupils, teachers at Success assembly

NEIGHBORS

April 08, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANY CHILDREN know that to succeed in school, they need to study and work hard. Last week, at a Success assembly attended by pupils at Brooklyn Park Middle School and fifth-graders from Park and Brooklyn Park elementaries, they learned that it takes even more than that.

The speaker was Larry Bell, president of Multicultural America and a former teacher who was supervisor of multicultural education for the Prince William County public schools in Virginia. The message he delivers around the country in motivational talks is one of respect.

Rebecca Mitch, a guidance counselor at the middle school, said Bell gave the children his recipe for success: "Respect, think before you act, make the right choices, develop problem-solving and communication skills, and listen to the teacher."

According to Bell, people take tests throughout their lives, and the time to prepare is when you are in school. And every test is an opportunity to prepare for your life's goals.

Mitch said the reaction of pupils as well as teachers to Bell's presentation was overwhelming.

"We had nothing but positive reactions," said Mitch. "He interacted with the students and had them tell the audience their goals, and had the audience respond in a positive way. It was wonderful. The students need to make connections with adults and to strive for success; and they can achieve success in school."

The school PTA covered the cost of Bell's appearance.

Danielle Cowan, an eighth-grader at Brooklyn Park Middle, said the presentation "inspired me and enlightened my mind." She wrote a letter of thanks to Bell, and said she hoped he would come back next year to speak at North County High School.

While middle school pupils worked on how to set priorities for their activities and follow through with them after the presentation, pupils from the elementaries were given a preview of what they can expect when they enter the middle school in September, including a tour of the building and a taste of the cafeteria food.

Egg hunt

The Easter Bunny, or perhaps a few of his assistants, will be hiding eggs on the grounds of Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave. in Brooklyn Park, getting ready for an event that is becoming a neighborhood tradition.

Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to find eggs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church's annual Easter egg hunt.

This is the sixth year that the church has sponsored the community event.

"Everyone looks forward to this. The church donates all items, and there is no fee. It's not just for church members, it's for all of Brooklyn Heights," said event spokeswoman Cindy Wacker.

Information: 410-789-3688.

Good Friday dinner

United Methodist Church, 401 Pontiac Ave., will hold its annual Good Friday Crab Cake Dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the church hall.

The cost of a platter with one crab cake is $6; with two crab cakes, $10.

There will be a limited delivery service to local businesses in the area for lunch orders, and carryouts will be available.

Information or orders: Jean Powell, 410-863-1531.

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