School bids for expansion with auction


February 11, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE NORBEL School in Elkridge hopes to raise $75,000 with an auction scheduled March 23. The money would help pay for a gym, an accessible playground and a wellness center for the school, which teaches about 100 children with learning disabilities.

The fund-raiser will feature Chris Redman of the Baltimore Ravens, who will serve as honorary chairman. Auctioneer Jon Levinson of Alex Cooper will lead the bidding for about 120 items, including a one-week vacation to Deep Creek Lake, golf outings at Turf Valley and other courses, and club-level tickets to Ravens and Orioles games.

Krys Renzi, the school's advancement assistant and parent of a ninth-grader at Norbel, said parents Pam Gillin and Carla Surdin led a committee of volunteers who helped collect donations. About 25 parents have been working since July, Renzi said.

"We have been really, really pleased with our donations," Renzi said.

Parents also will sell raffle tickets for a Ford Escape SUV, she said. Three hundred tickets are for sale at $100 each. The winner will be selected at the auction.

Redman, a quarterback for the Ravens, first visited the school in October.

"We invited him to come here and work with our students," Renzi said. Redman spoke with the children about his job with the Ravens and how to throw a pass. When school officials asked him to return as honorary chairman of the auction, "he was delighted," Renzi said. "The Ravens have supported him becoming active in the community."

Norbel started with seven students in Baltimore's Temple Oheb Shalom about 22 years ago. In August, the school moved to the former Elkridge Elementary School. As children learn, the sounds of renovations can be heard. The school houses youths from prekindergarten to ninth grade.

When the third floor of the brick building is renovated, it will include classrooms for high school students, the gym, a playground and health and wellness center. The gym will be large enough to hold 200 spectators, and the wellness center will have a dance studio and classrooms for health education. It also will be the centerpiece of a community outreach program, Renzi said.

The gym and wellness center are expected to cost about $1.5 million, she said. Renovations are expected to be completed in about a year and a half.

The auction is set for 7 p.m. in the multimedia center of the school, at 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

Information: 410-796-6700.

VFW events

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8097 will hold a Valentine dance and a spaghetti dinner. The dance will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the post home on Montevideo Road in Jessup. The cost is $15 a couple, which includes an open bar.

On Sunday, the ladies auxiliary will sponsor a bingo game, lunch and cake sale. The lunch starts at noon and games begin at 2 p.m. The spaghetti meal costs $5 and includes salad, roll and dessert.

Information: 410-799-0343.

Reflections winners

Seven students at Centennial High School were county-level winners in this year's Reflections Program. Grace Yeh took first place in Music, and Jeff Markey took second place. Mary David took third place in Literature. Rebecca Scissors took first place in Photography. Cara Yang took first place in Visual Arts, Amy Hu took second place and Riana du Toit placed fourth.

Reflections, sponsored by the national PTA, is a competition for students in preschool through grade 12 in the categories of Literature, Musical Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.

The winning entries were displayed at River Hill High School, and the winning students will compete in a state-level competition. The winners of the Maryland competition will be announced this month.

Syracuse honors

An Ellicott City student was honored recently at Syracuse University in New York. Michelle Sinclair, a sophomore majoring in magazine journalism, was inducted into the school's Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence.

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