Lecture to focus on challenge of raising adolescents

NEIGHBORS

February 18, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BURLEIGH MANOR Middle School will sponsor a talk by nationally known lecturer Sandy Queen as part of its Children Achieving Power (CAP) program. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 28.

In its second year, CAP is designed to help children cope with the bullying and teasing that can be a large part of school life. The program teaches children that one person can make a difference, and provides tools for resolving conflict, accepting diversity and making positive decisions.

Queen, who lives in Columbia, will discuss the difficulties of being a parent of adolescent children.

Sheila Morrison, cluster nurse at Burleigh Manor, runs the program with school psychologist Chandra McKnight Dean. Morrison said she heard Queen speak to Howard County student services employees in September and decided she would be perfect for the CAP program.

"She really, really promotes and concurs with the kind of program we are doing," Morrison said. Morrison praised Queen's use of humor to make her points.

"She has traveled around the world speaking on parenting roles," Morrison said. "She is so good."

The program has been so successful that at least six other county schools are interested in starting a similar program, Morrison said.

"We really think this program can make a difference in children's lives," Morrison said.

On March 1, the school will hold a CAP day, which will include discussions and videos that explore issues middle-school pupils face.

The program recently received a Law Enforcement Block Grant from Howard County to create an extension of the program called Common Ground. Common Ground will involve 15 pupils from Burleigh Manor and 15 from Wilde Lake Middle School who will meet to discuss issues such as racial and cultural diversity.

The pupils will meet once at Burleigh Manor, once at Wilde Lake and once in Centennial Park.

Information about Queen's talk: 410-313-2507.

Heroes Day

Elkridge Elementary School started a "Heroes Day" this year and invited firefighters and police officers. About 20 people went to the school Jan. 24 to read to schoolchildren. They also told the pupils about their jobs.

January was Reading Month, said Sandy Byerly, the school's reading assistant. "Our big topic was heroes - heroes read, so be a hero and read."

In October, pupils brought in their allowance and snack money to raise nearly $1,400 for New York firefighters. Byerly - whose son, Dave Byerly, is a firefighter with Howard County Fire and Rescue - helped deliver the money to New York.

"We wanted to invite the firefighters back," Sandy Byerly said. "After they read the stories to the children, they asked the kids if they had any questions. They especially enjoyed talking to the fifth-graders because the fifth-graders really got into important questions about their profession."

She added that many pupils asked about the terrorist attacks.

Burn bowl-a-thon

Firefighters from Baltimore City and Howard and Montgomery counties went bowling for dollars recently to raise money for a burn center fund. Howard County Professional Firefighters Local 2000 raised $2,861 for the Metropolitan Firefighters Burn Center Fund, which helps burn victims in the Baltimore area.

After the games, the firefighters went to the Yingling Ridgely Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ellicott City for a barbecue lunch.

The top bowler was Bernie Kuhn, while the Hard Luck Award went to Teresa King. The Montgomery County Firefighters were the best team, and the Banneker Engine 7 "C" Shift was honored for having the best outfits.

Several businesses donated door prizes and gifts for a basket of cheer, including Phoenix Emporium, Skylight Liquors, Troy Farms Liquors, 999's Tavern, Allview Liquors, Pecorarros Restaurant, Judges Bench, G.L. Shacks, Shannon's Saloon, Bare Bones, Pine Orchard Liquors, The Crab Shanty, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabbas Italian Grill, Famous Dave's, La Palapas and Turf Valley Country Club.

Charlie Sisserini donated a charter fishing trip that was raffled during the lunch.

Most of the money raised will help young burn victims attend "burn camp."

Deep Run news

Children at Deep Run Elementary School are finding lots of ways to make the world a better place. More than 400 children recently participated in Operation Valentine, a national effort in which children sent valentines to troops fighting in the war against terrorism.

Last month, the children collected more than a ton of food in the school's Read to Feed program, in which they accepted pledges from friends and families to read books in exchange for nonperishable food items. The food was donated to the Maryland Food Bank at an assembly Feb. 1.

Three Deep Run pupils were winners in the Reflections Program. Second-grader Matthew Wigler placed first for music; fifth-grader Sandra Hwang placed first in visual arts; and fifth-grader Miranda Wanex placed third for literature. The program, started by the National PTA in 1969, is a national competition for students in preschool through grade 12 in the categories of literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts.

The winners were honored at a reception Jan. 30 at River Hill High School and will compete in a state-level contest. Maryland competition winners will be announced this month.

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