Fox Middle School prepares for Reading Across America

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February 22, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GEORGE FOX MIDDLE School is revving up pupil interest in preparation for the Read Across America celebration at the school March 1.

Read Across America 2002 is a nationwide program sponsored by the National Education Association. It is held annually on the birthday of Theodor Geisel, the children's author known by millions as Dr. Seuss. Last year, more than 35 million readers in all 50 states and several other countries participated in the event.

Carol Maid, reading resource teacher, said activities at Fox will include something for every pupil.

"We will have veteran guest readers, plus a few new readers, reading everything from poetry to novels and even a few fantasy stories in our classrooms," she said.

Maid said this is the fifth year the school has participated and that community participation in the celebration has been "amazing."

"We've had costumed readers, parents, grandparents, former students, even a preschooler come to read to our kids in past years," Maid said. "We anticipate that this year's celebration should be even better."

What is being read to the children is not as important as having someone from outside the school setting come in and read to them, she said.

"We read to students on a daily basis, so having someone read to them is not unique," Maid said. "What is special is that these volunteers take the time to come to our school and read for our kids. It emphasizes how important reading is to everyone in the community."

Information: 410-437-5512

Business group activities

The Pasadena Business Association will hold its monthly general membership meeting at noon March 6 at Clark's Bayside Inn in Pasadena.

Al Lukenback, field director of the Lost Towns Project, will discuss preservation of historical properties in Anne Arundel County, especially those in Pasadena.

The cost for members is $12 with a reservation, $15 at the door.

Reservations must be made by March 1.

Information: 410-987-4887.

The association is selling tickets for its scholarship fund bull and oyster roast, which will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 9 at Kurtz's Beach.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit annual scholarship awards given to graduating seniors at Chesapeake and Northeast high schools.

Tickets: Helen Neisser, 410- 360-0707, or Brenda Hodgson, 410- 360-2228.

Women in the Bible

The United Methodist Women of Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will be hosts of a performance of Women of the Bible at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday.

Actress Anita Gutschick will portray several women of the Bible, including Martha, Sarah, Ruth and Queen Esther, highlighting triumphs and tragedies of their lives.

Gutschick developed the production in 1995 and has performed at many churches and conferences throughout the United States.

A luncheon will follow.

Information: 410-647-3090.

Collection for the needy

Youth groups at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Riviera Beach are collecting items to be donated to the homeless and other needy people as a part of Lenten activities at the church.

Boxes will be placed in the vestibules for dropping off designated items.

The collection schedule is: March 2 and 3, new undershirts or T-shirts in all sizes; March 9 and 10, white athletic socks; March 16 and 17, hand cream and deodorant; and March 23 and 24, donations of money.

Checks should be made payable to St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church.

Information: 410-437-8353.

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