Fifth-grader aims to help others defend themselves against bullies


October 18, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH A BIT of knowledge and a few swift moves, a young Pasadena boy hopes to make the world a safer place for kids.

Ten-year-old Patrick McKay, son of Jim and Danielle McKay, has his strategy in place. Drawing on his martial arts experience, the fifth-grader is developing a nonaggressive self-defense class to help kids deal with bullies and other threatening situations.

"I really thought that I could share what I've learned to maybe help somebody else," Patrick said.

The class will feature a mix of information and audience participation tailored to the 7- to 15-year-old crowd.

"He came up with the idea after watching all of the stories about child abductions on the news a few months ago," his mother said. "Patrick was very upset that these kids didn't know how to defend themselves."

Patrick has a wealth of knowledge in martial arts. He has been studying tae kwon do for five years and holds a first-degree black belt. He is preparing for his second-degree testing at FreeState Martial Arts Training Center. He is a member of Team Destiny, a group of student athletes at the Millersville center, and also studies kung fu.

After talking with his parents and instructors at FreeState, Patrick began studying various self-defense tactics that kids could use to defuse a threatening situation.

"He really got involved in researching and doing the legwork necessary to get this class together, along with keeping up his grades at school and taking classes at FreeState," Jim McKay said.

Patrick's 7-year-old brother, Collin, also takes kung fu and is helping with the class.

The self-defense class should be ready to start early next year after a few tryout sessions.

"Several Boy Scout troops have expressed an interest in having Patrick present the class, and he wants to present it to his classmates at Jacobsville Elementary," Jim McKay said.

We'll keep you posted on this young boy's efforts to help keep others safe.

Haunted hallway

The music and drama departments of Northeast High School will again present the annual haunted hallway event from 6 to 10 tonight and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Admission is $3.50 for ages 11 and up. Admission for children 10 and younger is $2.50.

The school is at 1121 Duvall Highway.

Information: 410-437-6400.

Craft fair

Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, will hold its annual indoor craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Shoppers will find crafters selling handmade wood and ceramic pieces, babies and children's clothing, gift items and home decorations. The women of the church will have a "fancy table" featuring beautiful needlework items, and a flea market room will be stocked with donated second-hand treasures.

The luncheon menu will include homemade sandwiches, sodas, and desserts. Information: 410-255-1506.

Harvest bazaar

Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road, will hold its harvest bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The bazaar will feature crafts, baked goods, jewelry, plants and a country store packed with fall decorating items. There will be clowns, face painting and games for children. Hungry shoppers can dine on barbecue chicken, homemade crab soup, chili, hot dogs or salads.

Information: 410-255-8236.

Health fair, fall festival

Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, invites the community to its fifth annual health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Harbor Life Course Center will provide information on women's health and offer screenings. Low-cost flu shots will be available for high-risk individuals and anyone 60 or older who has a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or a weakened immune system.

North Arundel Hospital representatives will offer cholesterol checks and health screenings. Educational materials will be available on colon cancer, mental health and other topics. Information about the hospital's new wound center will be featured.

Representatives of several complementary medicine practices -- including herb therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, magnetic therapy and massage -- will offer consultations, displays and demonstrations.

The county Police Department will give information on senior safety and the Stranger Danger program for children.

Kids can watch the "Eddie Eagle" gun safety video.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Tomorrow, the church will hold its harvest festival. The day will begin at 7 a.m., when a flea market opens. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the festival will feature face painting and children's games, homemade baked goods, mums, and pit beef sandwiches.

Information on both events: 410-647-3090.

Fire company events

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company invites the community to coming events at its fire hall, 4498 Mountain Road.

An all-you-can-eat shrimp feast will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26. Tickets are $25. The menu features fried and steamed shrimp, shrimp bisque, pit-roasted beef, ham, turkey, sausage, peppers, assorted salads, cheese and vegetable trays, desserts, beer and sodas.

A haunted dance for children ages 8 to 12 will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The cost is $5.

Information for the meal or dance: 410-255-0395 or 410-360- 5575.

The company will also hold a bull and oyster roast from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 16. The cost is $25 and includes food. Messenger will perform rock 'n' roll music.

Information for the roast: 410- 315-8166.

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