Cradlerock School students raise funds for gifts that keep on giving

Education notebook

December 09, 2007|By John-John Williams IV

The entire school completed 2,008 seconds -- the equivalent of a little more than 33 minutes -- of sustained reading Friday morning.

The school organized a fundraiser in conjunction with the reading effort to raise money for the Read to Feed program of Heifer International, a charitable organization that provides poor communities throughout the world with animals that produce multiple products such as milk, meat, eggs and wool.

Last year, the students raised $3,000.

"We're hoping to do even better this year," said one of the organizers, Janice Kubiak, the media specialist at the school.

"I think that [the students] were thrilled" about last year's effort, Kubiak said. "They really loved the idea" that their donations bought cows and chickens. "They got a big charge out of that."

School officials will not know how much money was raised until Tuesday, according to another organizer, Tracy Stansbury, a third-grade teacher at the school.

`Bigger and bigger'

Atholton High School will host its annual Night of Cultural Diversity in the school's cafeteria Tuesday.

The 90-minute event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The event has been going on for nearly a decade and is sponsored by the school's Multicultural Club.

"It keeps on getting bigger and bigger," said Robbie Adkins, the secretary for the school's principal.

"It's a fun night," Adkins said. "The students like to bring a lot of their culture. The students do dances, bring their food in. ... This really makes you look at people in a new light."

National certification

Long Reach High School's pre-engineering program has received national certification.

The school's program was assessed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Project Lead the Way program.

The national certification is recognized by more than 25 universities that give college credit to high school students who complete the program's courses with at least a B average and pass standardized tests.

"We recognize the curriculum content of the Pre-Engineering Academy as being on par with that of ... Advanced Placement courses because of the intense level of academic rigor," Long Reach Principal Ed Evans said in a prepared statement. "We are proud that Long Reach High School has met all of the requirements associated with national certification, and we congratulate those faculty, students and parents who have contributed to the program's success."

Gifts for soldiers

Mount Hebron High School students are collecting holiday cards, letters of encouragement and thanks, small games and other gifts this holiday season for injured military recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

So far, the students have been quite generous, said one school official, with donations of game boards and gift cards. The family of Maura Dribben, the school's attendance secretary, will deliver the gifts to the hospital Dec. 24.

Boxes have been set up in the front of the school to collect the donations.

"We thought it was a good community service project," said Principal David Brown.

The Walter Reed effort is just one of a number of community service efforts brewing at Mount Hebron, Brown said.

One student is collecting clothes for homeless military veterans; the school's food drive is expected to yield more than 50,000 cans of food this holiday season; another student organization collected 50 bags of clothes for the homeless.

"I'm proud of all of our efforts," Brown said.

Food ban

Just in case you missed it ...

The school system announced last week that outside food and beverages will be banned at county gymnasiums and stadiums.

The effort is part of the school system's attempts to thwart alcohol consumption and to keep the facilities clean.

The food and beverage ban in gymnasiums takes effect immediately. Participating athletes will be excluded from the ban. The stadium ban takes effect when the spring sports season begins March 1.

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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