Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

May 28, 2006

Performance this week to honor Roger `Pip' Moyer

The Naptown Players, a performance group of current and former Annapolis High School students, will make its debut during a tribute to former Mayor Roger "Pip" Moyer this week.

The group will sing, dance and perform a vignette written by local historian and Annapolis High alumna Janice Hayes-Williams. The vignette is based on a jazz club from 1940s Annapolis called the Washington Hotel. The characters are based on people who lived and worked in the hotel, including Tony Award-winner Pearl Bailey.

The performance will raise funds for the completion of a documentary about the life of Moyer and his longtime friend, Joseph "Zastrow" Simms.

Performers include current Annapolis students Stacie Williams, Nile Calhoun, Cierra Fisher and Nataschu Brooks. Alumni performers include Kelvin Parker, Stephen Williams, former Board of Education member Tony Spencer and actress Renee Spears.

The performance will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $150, $100 of which is tax-deductible. Information: www.pipandzastrow.com/news.htm or 410-903-3220.

Elementary school leaders will hit the roof Tuesday

Dressed in white shirts, bow ties and top hats, Crofton Elementary School Principal Wayne Bark, Assistant Principal Deborah Short and 14 teachers and staff members will climb onto the school's roof Tuesday to sing "Up on the Roof" by the Drifters.

The rooftop celebration is a reward for pupils and community members for raising $1,500 for the American Cancer Society. During April and May, the school sold 500 commemorative red, white and blue bracelets with the word "Believe" inscribed on them.

The performance will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at Crofton Elementary School, 1405 Duke of Kent Drive.

Community college holds its 44th commencement

Anne Arundel Community College celebrated its 44th commencement Thursday at Siegert Field in Arnold, presenting 1,391 degrees and certificates to 1,324 students. The number of students receiving degrees rose slightly from the previous year, when 1,385 degrees and certificates were awarded to 1,316 students.

Gerardo E. De Los Santos, president and chief executive officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College, gave the keynote address.

Car dealership gives $1,000 to county schools

Spirit Hyundai has presented interim schools Superintendent Nancy M. Mann with a check for $1,000 in support of Anne Arundel County public schools' Polishing the Apple customer service initiative.

The dealership also provided the winners of this year's public and private school Teacher of the Year award each with a six-month lease on a 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

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