Summer: when class time may well lead to drive time


July 18, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHILE SOME kids have summer jobs and others are lounging around the pool, a few teen-agers are becoming licensed drivers. Twenty students, most from River Hill High School, are spending these warm, lazy mornings attending a two-week driver education class at the Clarksville school.

Thomas Adams of Pikesville teaches the class, which is sponsored by the River Hill Boosters. The class, presented by Drive One, a driving school, gives the teens the chance to be in a familiar setting while they are completing one of the requirements for a Maryland driver's license.

"Although it's early in the morning, most of the kids are attentive and are doing well in the class," Adams said. "You don't fall asleep in Mr. Adams' class," he added.

Some of the students already have a learner's permit, while others hope to get enough information from the class to pass the test. Michelle Zinn, 15, of Fulton took the test Monday and said the class helped her pass the written exam.

"They pay attention and they've been passing the daily tests," Adams said. Michelle and her twin sister, Stephanie, 15, attend the class along with friend Dana Parr, 16, of Highland. The girls say they look forward to getting their licenses so they can have the freedom to go places without having to bother their parents.

Adams said he has good rapport with the young drivers because he remembers his teen-age years. "I can relate to teen-agers today," he said. "It's the same thing I went through growing up. Things haven't changed since I was in school myself," he said. Adams draws on his experience to drive home his lessons.

Wes Dimig said he enjoys the class. "I like the instructor because he has a lot of stories he tells," Wes said. "He's really funny."

While Wes also said he wants to get his license so he can be independent, he has another reason. He plans to expand his neighborhood lawn-care business when he is able to drive a truck that will carry equipment.

In addition to teaching about driving in inclement weather, night driving and potential problems such as engine and brake failure, Adams delves into sleep requirements, drinking and drug use. He underscores his points by showing a movie of highway accidents that involved alcohol and drugs.

"What you're going to see can be quite disturbing," he tells the students.

"It makes you think real hard about drinking and driving," Michelle said.

Adams enjoys being able to reach the teens and hopes to make a difference in their lives.

"I feel like I'm the first line of defense," he said.

Summer at the library

This is the time to enjoy the summer programs at the Glenwood library.

"All Together Now," 30 minutes of stories for children ages 2 to 5 and their families, will be offered at 11 a.m. today through Aug. 8. Kids ages 3 to 5 may participate in 30 minutes of theme-centered story times in a program called "Just For Me," at 2 p.m. today through Aug. 8.

And little ones, ages 3 and older, can learn about transportation and make crafts in "Air Crafts" at 7 p.m. Monday. Adults are welcome to stay with their children for this class.

Astronauts ages 9 and older will "Blast Off With Goddard" as David Fair from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center talks about living and working in space at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

At 7 p.m. July 31, families may attend "Family Storytime" to hear stories and songs and complete a craft.

Master gardener Karen Brenner will talk about natural air filters to clean and freshen your home's interior in "Tropical Plants in your Home" at 7 p.m. July 30.

The Glenwood library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Information: 410-313-5577.

A reminder

Glenelg Band Alumni are creating a memory book, and they need your help.

If you were in the band during those years, e-mail your recollections along with your name, e-mail address, street address and the years you were in the band to GlenelgBand25yrs@hotmail. com, or send the information to: Glenelg Band 25 Year Celebration, 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg 21737.

Information: Ellen Nibali, 410-531-5038; or Mike Bostron, 410-489-4059.

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