Norbel School celebrates Read Across America Day

March 08, 2004

Last week, in honor of Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday and the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, about 35 children, some in pajamas, listened as Lesley Geisel read to them from her favorite Dr. Seuss book, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Oh the places you'll go! ...

I'm sorry to say so

but, sadly, it's true

that Bang-ups

and Hang-ups

can happen to you.

You can get all hung up

in a prickle-ly perch.

And your gang will fly on.

You'll be left in a Lurch.

... Un-slumping yourself

is not easily done. ...

"I love the whole book, I just love it," she said later.

Geisel, who believes she is a distant relative of Theodore Geisel - aka Dr. Seuss - sat in the mouth of the "snake," a twisty two-story slide in the media center of the Norbel School's multimedia center. Geisel sits on the board of the Elkridge independent school for children with learning disabilities.

An educator for adolescents at Pathways Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Annapolis, Geisel had memorized Dr. Seuss' poem after reciting it many times to her students.

"I felt like at Norbel they were listening," Geisel said, "because one of the kids said, `You're right, you know. You want to be a nuclear scientist, but lots of things can get in your way.'"

- Fay Lande

S.P.R.I.N.G. to sponsor hearing loss course

S.P.R.I.N.G. (Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups) will sponsor an eight-week course for people who think they may have hearing loss, "Hearing Loss: Many Alternative Coping Strategies," from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, this week, next week and March 31 through May 5, except March 24.

The course meets at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

The cost is $30. The first two sessions are free, but registration is required.

Information: Dot Keczmerski, 410-313-7466.

Around town

Register for school: Hollifield Station Elementary School will register children entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The school is at 8701 Stonehouse Drive, Ellicott City.

Scholarship: The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City is offering a $12,000 college scholarship, to be awarded in the spring to a graduating Howard County high school senior. The grant will be spread over four years. Application deadline is March 15. A panel of club members will review the applications and announce the winner May 15. Applications are available in high school guidance departments.

Fans sought: Ravens Roost No. 4 of Ellicott City will hold a 45th-anniversary gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 8 at the Ramada Inn BWI in Hanover. The fan club seeks previous Colt Corral No. 4 members to join in the celebration. Jeff Volmer, 301-490-7525 or www.ravens roost4.com.

Sherlockian society: In celebration of Sherlock Holmes' 150th birthday, members of Watson's Tin Box, a local scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, will introduce visitors to Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Miller branch library. Characters from the stories will appear at the library to discuss their experiences and opinions about Holmes. Registration begins Thursday. 410-313-1950.

Basket bingo: A basket bingo is planned for March 26 at the Knights of Columbus hall, 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Doors open at 6 p.m.; bingo begins at 7 p.m. Prizes are Longaberger baskets filled with specialty items. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 410- 313-2550.

For seniors: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks sponsors activities for people age 55 and older at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Duplicate bridge is played from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Bring a bag lunch. Bridge, pinochle and other games are played from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. 410-313-7279.

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