Education Notes

Education Notes

March 23, 2003

Smith to be chairman of school's Relay for Life

Dr. Eric J. Smith, superintendent of Anne Arundel County public schools, has been named chairman of Relay for Life at Arundel High School.

Relay for Life, an overnight fund-raiser sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will begin at 5 p.m. June 20 at the school.

West County Relay For Life at Arundel High School raised more than $99,192 for the American Cancer Society's community programs in Anne Arundel County last year.

Information: Sylvia Burch, 410-721-4304.

St. John's to sponsor Great Kite Fly on April 19

St. John's College will sponsor The Great Kite Fly from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 19. Kids and kites will take over the back campus in downtown Annapolis.

Children and adults can make and decorate a simple kite during a kite-making workshop from 10 a.m. to noon in the lobby of Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Registration is required for the workshop. Kites will be flown from noon to 3 p.m.

The Maryland Kite Society will offer demonstrations of kite ballet and stunts. The Capital will sponsor a contest for the best kite constructed from newspaper. Food and merchandise vendors will be at the event. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic. Information: 410- 626-2530 or 410-626-2881.

Severna Park school to present `The Wiz'

Severna Park Middle School pupils, along with chorus director Nicole Roblyer, are presenting The Wiz. Based on The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, The Wiz is a contemporary version of the classic fairy tale.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A matinee performance will be presented at 2 p.m. today[jza: March 23.: ]

The cast includes Lauren Hartman as Dorothy and Zack Musiol, Jenna Lerario and Ben Mallare as the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The cast also includes Chelsea Riech as Addaperle, Robby Estberg as the Wiz, Morgan Thomas as Evillene and Emily Fisher as Glinda.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, with a $3 discount for children in fifth grade and younger. Ticket forms are available at the Severna Park Middle School office during school hours and can be purchased this week and next the weeks of March 24 during lunch periods in the school cafeteria. Information: Sally VanZandt, 410-729-0609.

Sailing school offers class on diesel engines

The Annapolis School of Seamanship, in cooperation with the Annapolis Sailing School, will offer a weekend class, "Diesel Engine Basics for Boaters." The course will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 and 27, May 31 and June 1, June 21 and 22, and July 19 and 20, at the school.

The 12-hour class includes basic operating theory, preventive maintenance, and basic trouble-shooting and repair skills. Students will receive both lecture and hands-on instruction.

Tuition is $329, and includes the textbook Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder. Registration is required. Information: 410-267-7205.

Special Olympics to start training for summer sports

Special Olympics for Anne Arundel County is getting ready for the summer sports season. Developmentally disabled people ages 8 and older are invited to train in duckpin bowling, bocce, softball, track and field, and aquatics.

Bocce training will begin March 31 at Marley Glen School in Glen Burnie. Times will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Some Saturday practices will be scheduled.

Softball will begin March 31 at Marley Middle School. Sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Track and field began Feb. 26 at Annapolis High School. Sessions are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Information: Ken Schieman, 410-895-2760 or kkschieman@

Bay group sponsors student art contest

Anne Arundel County students are invited to participate in the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's 2003 River Sojourns Youth Art Contest.

The winning entry will be featured as the logo for the 2003 Toyota Prius Chesapeake Bay River Sojourns. The winner and his or her parents will receive tickets to the group's Taste of the Chesapeake black-tie gala in October.

The contest is open to all elementary, middle and high school students. The alliance is seeking colorful 8 1/2 -inch-by-11-inch images that depict the spirit of the bay's rivers.

Submissions should be on white paper, and artists may use watercolors, acrylics, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pastels, photographs, flat media sculptures or raised-relief art.

The winner's design will be used on commemorative T-shirts for all four sojourns. The first-, second- and third-place winners and a family member also will be invited to participate in any of the four sojourns. The winners and three honorable mentions will receive Sojourn T-shirts.

Submissions must be postmarked by April 18 and sent to Sojourn Art Contest, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 3310 Market St., Suite A, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Include name, address, telephone number, school, grade and date of birth on the back of the submission. Submissions are limited to one per person.

Information: 410-277-6279.

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