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October 22, 2006|By Anica Butler

Schools food drive kicks off tomorrow

Anne Arundel County schools will try to keep up their stellar performance when the 2006 Harvest for the Hungry "Kids Helping Kids" statewide food drive kicks off tomorrow.

In its 17th year, the campaign is a three-week service-learning project that gives students the opportunity to learn about hunger while collecting food for their local food bank. The food banks distribute the food to children in need.

Students participate in this campaign by getting their parents to donate food or by "trick-or-treating" for canned food. Some students may get the chance to "pie their principal" if they contribute the most to this campaign.

Last year, 365 schools raised more than 500,000 pounds of food. Crofton Middle School was the state's top donor to the effort. Anne Arundel schools took the top four slots and seven of the top 10.

The statewide goal this year is for 400 schools to participate and raise 600,000 pounds of food.

Arts program nets $35,700 for schools

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools' "Sailing Into the Arts" program ended last week with a presentation of a $35,700 check to the school system by John and Kathryn White.

The Whites sponsored nine skipjack projects, buying eight and donating money to Old Mill High School so that one of the school's skipjack creations could be displayed there.

The program featured the display of 16 fiberglass sculptures of skipjack sailboats that were decorated by students in each of the county's 12 public high schools and four special education centers.

Celebration honors deceased loved ones

Honor the memory of deceased loved ones during a 10-day "Dia de los Muertos" celebration including an altar display from Friday to Nov. 8 at Anne Arundel Community College.

AACC alumni, employees, students and the public can contribute small candles, figurines, toys or decorative squash or fruit in remembrance of a loved one to "The Circle of Life: Days of Remembrance," an altar display in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery on the AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

Dia de los Muertos is celebrated annually Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico to honor the memory of deceased friends and relatives. Learn more about the history and heritage of the popular Mexican holiday from 3 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2, also in the Pascal gallery. Refreshments will be served.

"The Circle of Life: Days of Remembrance" display includes a tribute to the late Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter."

Information: Thomas W. Edison, 410-777-1955 or

School to perform `Canterbury Tales'

The Archbishop Spalding High School Theatre will perform Canterbury Tales Nov. 10 to 12.

The comedic adaptation uses modern language and humor to bring to life the classic work of Chaucer.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12.

Tickets will be $6 at the door. Archbishop Spalding is at 8080 New Cut Road in Severn.

Information: 410-969-9105.

Program to address parent involvement

The Office of Volunteers/School and Family Partnerships, and the Title I program are holding a fall Parent Involvement Conference from 9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at the Carver Staff Development Center, 2671 Carver Road in Gambrills.

The theme is "Connecting The Dots -- Parent Involvement and Student Achievement."

The keynote speaker will be Special Agent Alison Sutton of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, who will discuss Internet safety.

After the address, participants will choose three one-hour workshops to attend from among 12 topics, including: "I'm in Middle School Now! Stop Treating Me Like a Little Kid!" "Make the Most of the Parent/Teacher Conference" and "Managing Stress by Controlling Your Life."

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is free.

Registration: 410-222-5414 or

Summit to focus on middle schools

John Nori, director of instructional leadership for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, will be the keynote speaker at the county's middle school summit from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Brooklyn Park Middle School. Nori has written extensively on middle school and high school reform.

The summit is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of county middle schools, analyze the state of middle schools in the county and solicit input to increase middle school pupil achievement.

Compiled by Anica Butler

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