A taste of the work world - and no school


May 02, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALLISON AND Brendan Bloom of Woodbine didn't go to school April 25. Instead, the two Lisbon Elementary School pupils traveled to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring to participate in the agency's Bring a Child to Work Day.

The children's parents, Kathy O'Leary and Hal Bloom, both work at the agency.

Bring a Child to Work Day has its origins in the Take Our Daughters To Work Day, launched in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women as a way for girls to feel that they could be valued in the workplace. The idea has become popular for girls and boys.

NOAA has offered the program about five years, and it has been getting better every year, O'Leary said. "It's evolving," she said, adding that this year the day was more interesting for her kids. Last year, "all they really wanted was to know was where the candy machine is," she said.

NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It predicts environmental changes, attempts to protect life and property from floods and disasters, and works to protect sea life.

Last week's program began with registration and an opening session; then the children broke off into smaller age-specific groups for three hours of science activities. Allison, 10, attended "Squid Sushi," a science class that included hands-on squid dissections.

"It was kind of gross and it smelled really bad, but it was fun," she said.

In a class on tornadoes, Allison watched a film and learned how to create a simulated tornado in a bottle.

Brendan, 8, enjoyed a class in fish painting, where he created a colorful fish-print T-shirt. He painted a toy fish, provided by the agency, and imprinted the painted fish onto the T-shirt. He also had an opportunity to touch preserved fish, baby sharks and fish skeletons.

"We got to hold a piece of the [shark] teeth," Brendan said.

The children took breaks between classes, ate snacks and participated in stretching activities. They received NOAA water bottles, science goodie bags and certificates of participation.

The O'Leary-Bloom family extended the day's activities with a trip to Baltimore. Hal and Brendan enjoyed an afternoon at an Orioles' game, while Kathy accompanied Allison to the Maryland Science Center.

Brendan described his day as "good. It was better than going to school," he said, and Allison agreed. "It was fun," she said. "It was definitely better than school."

Spring concerts

The River Hill High School music department will present its spring concerts this month.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Choral and Orchestral Concert will feature the school's Concert Choir, Orchestra, Men's Quartet, Leading Ladies and Madrigal Singers.

A Jazz and Percussion Concert at 7 p.m. May 9 will include performances by the Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Lab and Percussion Ensemble.

At 7 p.m. May 14, the Band Concert will offer an evening of instrumental music presented by the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble.

Admission is $5 per evening; $10 for all three. Senior citizens will be admitted free.

Information: 410-313-7120 or 410-313-6927.

Rabies shots

The Howard County Health Department is sponsoring a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for cats, dogs and ferrets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarksville Fire Department, 5000 Signal Bell Lane.

The fee is $4 per animal, and exact change is required. Animals must be at least 3 months old. Documentation of the last vaccination is required.

Unlicensed cats and dogs may be licensed at the clinic and will receive a free rabies shot. Licensing is $6 for neutered and spayed pets; $24 for others.

By law, all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies.

Information: 410-313-2640.

Pupils honored

Seven Mount View Middle School children were honored at a reception April 22 for their contributions to Our Voice, the Howard County middle school literary magazine.

Alexander Ha, Felicia Kulp, Jenny Mascaro and Min Park had their artwork published in the magazine, while Laura Gilbert, Patrick Gilbert and Abby Schwarz were recognized for their poetry.

Bring a blanket

Bring a blanket, relax and enjoy the sounds of Country Current, the country music group of the Navy Band, at a one-hour concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Western Regional Park, 2398 Route 97, Glenwood.

Information: 410-313-7275.

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