Middle schoolers voice views on terrorist attacks


October 01, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOUR DUNLOGGIN Middle School children shared their thoughts about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as part of a program assembled by Principal Francis X. Scrivener.

Stephen Glass, Michael Marlow, Nellam Afzali and Caitlyn Bredehoft were chosen by Scrivener because they are articulate and thoughtful, said Lee-Ellen Davidson, moderator for the talk and the mother of sixth-grader Margaret Davidson.

Like other schools across the region and the nation, Dunloggin observed five minutes of silence at noon on Sept. 14.

After the silence, the four eighth-graders participated in a discussion about patriotism and the attacks. The discussion was held in the conference room of the school's administrative office.

All four expressed sadness and concern for the families of victims, especially the children of people lost in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. All acknowledged a renewed feeling of patriotism.

Perhaps the most touching comments came from Nellam, whose family is from Pakistan.

According to Davidson, Nellam made it clear that she is proud to be an American and said her family in Pakistan has been worried about her since hearing the Pentagon had been attacked.

Based on conversations with her family, Nellam said, she believes most people in Pakistan want to see the people behind the terrorist attacks stopped.

Dunloggin Middle School is selling shirts to raise money to help victims of the attacks. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. The shirts were made available at a discounted price from Baltimore-based Avalon.

Pizza magic

Frank Buono, a magician who entertained customers at the Pizza Hut on Montgomery Road in Elkridge last school year, is returning to the restaurant after a summer sabbatical. His first day back will be tomorrow, he said.

Buono, who lives in Elkridge with his wife, Debra, is a software engineer by day but has been entertaining with his sleight-of-hand wonders for more than a dozen years. He has worked at restaurants, private parties and corporate offices.

At Pizza Hut, he'll approach customers at their tables and ask for help with tricks using coins, cards and handkerchiefs. He might show rubber bands melting into each other or silk handkerchiefs appearing from empty hands.

"You would come in, place your order, get your drink, and then there's that time when you're waiting for your food. That's when I come around," he said.

Buono won't offer to share his tricks with customers deep in conversation or uninterested in being entertained. Customers don't pay for Buono's entertainment.

On Tuesday, Buono will appear from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., he said. After that, he'll do shows at the Pizza Hut once or twice a month. That schedule might expand to weekly shows as the school year progresses, he said.

Mark the calendar

Grace Episcopal Church, 6725 Montgomery Road in Elkridge, will hold Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The rain date is Oct. 13.

Attractions will include a dunk tank, moon bounce, silent auction, food, music and a raffle.

Admission is free, but each game will carry a small fee.

Proceeds from the event will go toward expanding Grace Church Child Care Center.

Information: 410-796-3270.

Cycling champs

Congratulations to Jane Ahn of Ellicott City and Stephanie Baker of Elkridge, winners of gold medals at the Special Olympics Maryland Cycling Invitational held Sept. 16 in Sykesville.

Other Howard County winners are Monet Lewis, Chris Pilz, Mia Luoma and Zach Decker, all of Columbia. The Howard County team was coached by Bill Parlock of Elkridge and Maribeth Geiss of Baltimore. The trainers were Laura Miller and Zach Decker of Columbia.

Workshops for parents

Deep Run Elementary School will offer workshops for parents Oct. 11 and 25. They will be run by Brad Sachs of Columbia, a psychologist who writes about raising children.

His most recent book, The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and be Perfectly Satisfied, was published by HarperCollins in June.

The workshops will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. No fee will be charged. Child care and a light meal will be provided.

Information: Catherine Chapman, 410-313-5000.

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