4 schools collect items for Katrina homeless

December 04, 2005

Local public schools recently collected about 60 boxes, or about 1,487 pounds, of school supplies to send to Baton Rouge, La., for students left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

PTSA volunteers coordinated collection drives at Hollifield Station and Waverly elementary schools, Patapsco Middle School and Mount Hebron High School.

Age-appropriate books, markers, calculators, crayons, scissors, pens and pencils, glue bottles and glue sticks, notebook paper and personal items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste were collected.

Notes of encouragement were enclosed in the packages.

UPS donated labels for packaging and Clark Construction Co. paid for shipping the supplies.

English conversation to be club's focus

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, is offering an English Conversation Club for people speaking English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. the library is at 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

Registration is required for first-time participants before attending a meeting.

Master gardener Pat Ferensic will discuss "Natural Decorations for the Holidays" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Driver education set at Mount Hebron

The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will sponsor two sessions of driver education courses 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays tomorrow through Dec. 16, and Jan. 9 through 20 at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City. Students who complete the course successfully will meet minimum requirements for obtaining a Maryland driver's license. Driving time is scheduled separately after the classroom work is completed.

The cost is $375 a session, which includes the classroom instruction and on-the-road training.

Instruction will be provided by Top Driver Inc. (800-374-8373.) Students must be at least 15 years old, and have a learner's permit before taking the driving portion of the course.

Applications are available in the front office at Mount Hebron High School; students must register at least two days in advance.

Information: 1-800-374-8373.

Around Town

Helping Santa -- Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its Christmas food drive to benefit needy families in the Elkridge area. Donations can be made through Dec. 23 at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, or given to Santa and Mrs. Claus when they visit neighborhoods Thursday through Dec. 12. Santa and Mrs. Claus will travel through Elkridge neighborhoods on a firetruck to collect canned food and wrapped gifts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 11; and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, weather permitting. Dec. 13 is a makeup date. "Jingle Bells" will be played on the air horn of the fire engine to let neighbors know Santa and Mrs. Claus are arriving. To visit with them, go to the nearest street corner. Canned food and wrapped gifts (labeled "boy" or "girl" and an approximate age) will be collected. Food needed includes sweet potatoes, sauerkraut, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed nonperishable items. If you wish to donate a turkey, call to have it picked up. Monetary donations also are acceptable by cash or check, made payable to the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, care of "Christmas food drive." Donations are tax deductible. 410-313-4901.

Bridge, pinochle -- Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center is offering free, drop-in bridge sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and pinochle sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Table games will be available. Coffee, tea and treats will be available. Donations will be accepted for the snack fund. 410-313-7279.

Breakfast -- The Elkridge Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 11. 410-313-4901.

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