Fund-raiser helps pave students' path to careers


October 20, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NORTH COUNTY High School will be one of the schools participating in the Academy Partnership Awards "Flavors of Fall" Celebration from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

This annual event is held to recognize students' achievements, to raise money, and to honor business leaders, educators and friends who support the academy program. Charles Katz of the National Academy Foundation, which sponsors three of the five academies, will speak. All are welcome to attend the celebration.

Anne Arundel Academies Inc. is a high school program sponsored by Anne Arundel County Public Schools and is available to students in 11th and 12th grades at five county high schools, according to Fran Andrews, administrative assistant to Melissa Mowrey, director of the academy with the Board of Education.

North County High School offers a curriculum in the Academy of Hospitality/Travel and Tourism. Other schools have academies in finance; information technology; law and public service; and marketing and management.

The academies offer classroom study and hands-on training to give students a start in their careers. According to Andrews, students serve paid internships with local business sponsors, working mostly during the summer between their junior and senior years. After graduation, some students are hired by the companies with which they served their internships.

"It is really a unique thing about these companies. They have students working in different departments getting experience and an all-over view of the business," Andrews said.

She also said that during the second half of senior year, as part of the comprehensive two-year program, students take classes at Anne Arundel Community College. "When they graduate from high school, they have a portfolio with college credits and work experience," Andrews said.

Lois Freburger serves as the instructor and director of the hospitality program at North County High. Her students are involved in field trips and behind-the-scenes tours in the hospitality industry. Last year, they used what they learned about hotels, touring and airplane reservations while making plans for a trip to San Francisco. This year, the students have to learn how to obtain a passport for their trip to London in February.

All proceeds from Tuesday's fund-raiser will benefit the countywide program; some of the money is set aside for the scholarship fund. Last year, two $500 scholarships were awarded. Students at North County also sponsor smaller fund-raisers, such as raffles and candle sales, that will help them subsidize their trip.

Admission to the Flavors of Fall Celebration is $50 per person. Nine catering firms and restaurants will be serving food. Silent and live auctions also will be featured.

Information: North County High School, 410-222-6970.

St. Christopher's

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church has several events in the next few weeks.

The St. Christopher's Sunday school is sponsoring a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Rummage through the tables to see what treasures you can find.

The next day, during the 10:30 a.m. service, St. Christopher's will have a St. Francis Day Blessing of the Pets Service that will be held in the parish hall. All dogs must be on leashes, and other pets must be in cages.

St. Christopher's will be host to a "Corporate Communion" for all Daughters of the King members during the 10:30 a.m. service Nov. 3.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is at 116 Marydell Road, Linthicum.

Information: parish office, 410-859-5633.

AARP to meet

Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of AARP will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 116 Marydell Road, Linthicum.

A social hour with refreshments will start at noon, followed by the program at 12:45 p.m. and the business meeting at 1:30 p.m.

The program for the meeting will be the distribution of proceeds from the May Fair to the following organizations: St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Opportunity Builders, Concert in the Park, Bello Machre, Hospice of the Chesapeake, Alzheimer's Association, North County Emergency Outreach Network, Anne Arundel Alarmers Association, Arundel Habitat for Humanity, and Mary's Center.

The nominating committee will also present a slate of officers for the coming year. Members should take their membership cards and dues to the meeting. Also, anyone with filled Christmas boxes should take them to the meeting.

Information: Paul Bagley, 410-255-2601.

Halloween party

Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company will hold a Halloween Costume Party and Dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 1 at the fire hall on Broadview Boulevard. Costumes are encouraged.

Admission is $15 and includes beer, set-ups and music by a disc jockey. There will also be money, plant and liquor wheels; a raffle of Ravens tickets; and awards for costumes.

Tickets can be bought at the door or by calling 410-766-2131.

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