Teacher spreads word on educator group


November 26, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AMY COLMAN, the gifted and talented program teacher at Elkridge Elementary School, wants people to know that Delta Kappa Gamma is not a secret society.

It's an international organization of outstanding female educators. To join, a woman must be an educator for five years and must be nominated by other members of the chapter.

In Howard County, the chapter - called Alpha Gamma - has about 40 members, including principals, administrators, reading specialists, counselors and retirees, Colman said.

Founded in 1978, the Howard County chapter is part of an international honorary society with more than 150,000 members in 14 countries. The society was founded in 1929 in Austin, Texas, and works to "promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education," according to its Web site at www.deltakappagamma. org.

In Howard County, the society holds a dinner and silent auction every year to raise money to help female educators throughout the world. This year, the event will be Dec. 4 at Hunan Manor in Columbia, Colman said.

Typically, the auction raises about $500. Some people auction gift certificates, while others sell household items they no longer want, Colman said.

The chapter also provides backpacks filled with school supplies for kids in need. Members of the organization also track education-related legislation in Annapolis.

For the 2000-2002 term, officers are Sherry Tobin, president; Joan Gaither, first vice president; Rosalie Bowen, second vice president; Florence Hu, recording secretary; Sandra Adkins, corresponding secretary; Betsey Gibbs, parliamentarian; and Jennifer Mascott, treasurer.

Colman, 43, has served on the organization's board previously and is now an at-large member. She said the society is valuable because it gives female educators an opportunity to share their wisdom with each other.

"It's a good place to go to talk about the past and the present, and to talk about how to shape the future," she said.

Holiday gift bags

A workshop at the Elkridge library branch will teach participants how to decorate gift bags for the holidays.

Kids ages 11 to 17 can learn to use stencils, stamps, paints and other supplies to create festive holiday bags.

When they're done, they will be able to take home three bags of various sizes.

The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

To sign up, call the library at 410-313-5077 or register in person at the information desk.

Registration begins Wednesday.

Mountain adventures

Mountaineer Chris Warner shared his experiences with pupils at Ellicott Mills Middle School recently. Warner, who scaled Mount Everest in May, showed sixth- and seventh-grade pupils a video of the trip and told them about his adventures.

The pupils learned about mountain conditions, setting up a base camp, using yaks to carry gear and the clothing worn by mountain climbers.

Warner, owner of Earth Treks' Climbing Center in Columbia, has scaled more than 100 mountains of 20,000 feet or more.

The video showed scenes of Warner as he guided 31 mountain climbers to the peak of Mount Everest.

To learn more about Earth Treks and Warner, visit www.earth treksclimbing.com, which features photos and journal entries.

Tree-lighting ceremony

A tree-lighting ceremony at Centennial Park South is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The ceremony will include a bonfire, music and ice sculpture displays.

The event is sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-4451.

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