North County High School will dedicate its new $6.5 million gymnasium Saturday in an event designed to bring students and generations of alumni together.
Former principals of Andover, Brooklyn Park and North County high schools will join current school and administration officials at the 11:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting in the gym, which was completed in June.
Attendees can look at memorabilia from Andover and Brooklyn Park, the two schools that merged to form North County in 1990. Also on display will be trophies and memorabilia that North County has acquired since it opened.
In a move symbolic of the joining of the communities that came together to give birth to North County, the ribbon will be stretched between the floor logos of the Andover Archers and the Brooklyn Park Bees. All alumni are requested to wear their former school colors or jackets to the ceremony.
Following the ribbon-cutting, the first basketball games in the new facility will be played. Four county teams will take part:
Arundel vs. South Side Academy, 1 p.m.
Old Mill vs. Milford Mill, 3 p.m.
Broadneck vs. Walbrook, 5 p.m.
North County vs. Joppatowne, 7 p.m.
Admission to the ribbon-cutting is free. Admission to the tournament is $5.
Commission honors St. Andrew's school
St. Andrew's United Methodist Day School has been awarded accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Edgewater school was one of more than 45 schools honored by the commission last week.
MSACS accreditation signifies the educational community of St. Andrew's Day School has engaged in a rigorous process of developing self-knowledge; has hosted an evaluation team of independently appointed educators; and has created a strategic plan to move school improvement forward.
Accreditation also signifies that the school has met the MSACS standards for quality.
Sorters needed for backpack drive
Giving Back Inc. will hold a Backpack Collection Drive from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23 in Annapolis.
Volunteers are needed to collect, sort and distribute donations and load and unload gifts. Others are needed to dress in costumes, perform administrative tasks and help with the publicity.
Distributions will take place on Dec. 24.