Students, staff get into the spirit at Atholton High

October 20, 2004

Atholton High School students are dressing for the theme of the day this week - Spirit Week - in preparation for Saturday's Homecoming.

Today is "Wacky-tacky Day," when students will wear "silly" outfits, said Robbie Adkins, secretary to the principal. "Things that don't match, clothes on backwards, shoes that don't match," she said.

Tomorrow is "Class Theme Day," when each class will dress in clothing related to a popular movie. Seniors have chosen The Wizard of Oz; juniors, Austin Powers; sophomores, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; and freshmen, Pirates of the Caribbean.

In the evening, members of each class will decorate their school hallway to illustrate the class theme; the decorations will be judged and winners announced at a pep rally at 1 p.m. Friday, when students will dress in green and white, the school colors.

"It's really a great week here because it's just amazing how many kids get into it, and all of a sudden, they become kids again," Adkins said.

A pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Boosters, is to start at 8 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $5; $20 for a family of four or more. Proceeds will go to the Atholton PTSA.

The Atholton High School Marching Band will give a concert on the lawn of Sunrise Assisted Living on Freetown Road at 10:30 a.m., and at 11 a.m., the homecoming parade will wind its way through the neighborhood.

A "powder puff" football game (for girls) is scheduled at noon, and the homecoming game (Atholton vs. Centennial High School) is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The Homecoming dance will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

"We've had a tough year with losing a student in an accident," said Adkins, referring to senior Robert Middaugh, who died last month in an automobile accident.

"And sometimes we just get so serious about grades and colleges, it's fun for everybody to let loose and the staff gets a kick out of it, too," she said.

- Fay Lande

Wilde Lake planning cleanup day Oct. 30

Residents of Wilde Lake will pitch in to clean up the neighborhood at 9 a.m. Oct. 30.

Trash bags, to collect debris from open space, street gutters and storm drains, can be picked up at Slayton House any time.

A gift, juice and doughnuts will be offered to Wilde Lake residents who pick up trash bags at 9 a.m.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Interactive show for kids, families slated Oct. 28

Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center will present "Wilde Halloween," an interactive show for children and families, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

Pam Kindersinger (Pam Minor) of the show "It's Kindertime" will engage her puppet friends in the interactive performance for children ages 3 to 10.

Trick-or-treating in the village center is planned after the performance. Costumes are encouraged.

Tickets are $3.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Military

Graduate: Nicholas A. Rothwell, son of Stephen W. and Jean S. Rothwell of Wilde Lake, has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. He is a 2001 graduate of Wilde Lake High School.

Around Town

Dads sought: John Hannay, a parent at Running Brook Elementary School, is recruiting fathers to volunteer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for one recess period each month in the PTA's new Dads' Recess Program. Program organizers hope to make recess more interesting and fun and reduce bullying and other destructive behavior. John Hannay, 410-730-5889.

Oakland closed: Historic Oakland in Town Center, Columbia, will be closed for renovations until Nov. 30. During this time, the village office will be on the lower level of Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, in Long Reach village. Mail and phone calls will be forwarded there. Town center staff members will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 410-730-4744 or 410-730- 4801.

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