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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 2, 2003
Laurel Woods Elementary School is nestled among several apartment complexes in North Laurel. At one time, the neighborhood's cultural diversity and high transition rate splintered the community. Without resources such as the Columbia Association, a local YMCA or a park, it was difficult for residents to get to know one another. That changed in 2001, when the neighborhood won a grant designating Laurel Woods as a community center. For three years, the neighborhood will receive more than $2 million for after-school and adult programs through LAMP, which stands for Laurel Woods, Atholton, Murray Hill Project.
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 2, 2003
Laurel Woods Elementary School is nestled among several apartment complexes in North Laurel. At one time, the neighborhood's cultural diversity and high transition rate splintered the community. Without resources such as the Columbia Association, a local YMCA or a park, it was difficult for residents to get to know one another. That changed in 2001, when the neighborhood won a grant designating Laurel Woods as a community center. For three years, the neighborhood will receive more than $2 million for after-school and adult programs through LAMP, which stands for Laurel Woods, Atholton, Murray Hill Project.
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NEWS
April 25, 1995
POLICE LOG* North Laurel: 9500 block of North Laurel Road: Police said vandals spray-painted words and numbers on the outside of Laurel Woods Elementary School Thursday.
NEWS
January 29, 2003
Alison Matuskey, vocal music teacher at Bryant Woods Elementary School, is running as fast as she can. Named Music Educator of the Year for 2002-2003 by Howard County Parents for School Music, she has generated a cascade of musical activities. Matuskey, who is trained as a concert pianist and sings opera, organized a song-writing project with songwriter Sue Trainor for children in grades one through five. Her students sang their compositions in the school's winter concert Jan. 15 to help raise money for Spenser's Hope, a nonprofit founded by Gretchen Miller, a parent at Bryant Woods, to help families experiencing pre-term labor or premature birth.
NEWS
May 12, 1993
* North Laurel: 9200 block of North Laurel Road: Pry marks were found on a side door at Laurel Woods Elementary School between Saturday and Monday. Entry wasn't gained.9400 block of Mayflower Court: A 1985 Chevrolet Spectrum, which had been reported stolen in Baltimore on April 28, was recovered at 8 p.m. Monday.
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Student achiever: Kevin O'Brien, 10 School: Bryant Woods Elementary School Special achievement: Winner of the Ben Carson scholarship, based on academics, character and several essays. What he says about it: "I was kind of surprised because usually mostly Baltimore County students win....I was glad to win but, more important, my father always told me, `Winning is not the high point of the award but deserving it is.' " What others say about him: "He is a nice young man and especially kind and helpful to the youngest students," Assistant Principal Maria McNelis said.
NEWS
April 5, 2000
Student achiever: Anna Grant, 7 School: Manor Woods Elementary School Special achievement: Honorable mention in the Project Wisdom essay contest, kindergarten through second grade. What she says about it: "It made me excited to get the award because I got to go home and tell my Mom and Dad. Then I told my Grandma and Grandpa. I chose to write about kindness because it reminded me of what my Dad and teachers said, `What goes around comes around.' " What she wishes for the world: "That people have happier times and wouldn't fight."
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 6, 1996
Dolls created by a group of third-graders at Bryant Woods Elementary School will go on display this summer at Baltimore's City Life Museums.The 14 dolls show how clothing has changed since 1900, said Leslie Weinberg, who teaches gifted and talented students at Bryant Woods. They were made by 16 students as part of an enrichment research project."The students decided they wanted to learn about the history of clothing in the United States in the 20th century, so they went out and did the research on it," Weinberg said.
NEWS
By Diane Mullaly | September 23, 1992
50 Years Ago (week of September 20-26, 1942):* The police department announced that all cars parked on Main Street in Ellicott City after midnight on Saturday nights would be towed. This action was necessary to enable street cleaners to do their jobs.* A 16-year-old boy who broke out of the Ellicott City jail this week was found three days later sleeping next to a car he had allegedly stolen in Laurel. The youth had been incarcerated to await trial on a breaking and entering charge. During the three days which elapsed between his escape and his apprehension, the boy had not been idle.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 11, 1997
"KIDS CAN really make a difference in the community," says Betsy McMillion, coordinator of Howard County's recycling education program.Last Wednesday, students from west Columbia schools were honored for their contributions to recycling at a ceremony at the Howard Building in Ellicott City.The event was sponsored by the Recycling Division of the county's Bureau of Waste Management.Atholton High School senior Hei Cissy Ng was recognized for her efforts to increase recycling in her neighborhood.
NEWS
By Susan Harpster and Susan Harpster,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 22, 2002
LAUREL WOODS Elementary School parents and children attended community dinners in the school cafeteria Monday and Tuesday night. Four hundred helpings of spaghetti with meatballs were prepared and served to the families by members of the Laurel Woods staff. "The reason why we're here tonight is to celebrate you," Principal Rosanne Wilson said Monday night. "We have a wonderfully diverse population that we think reflects the world." The gathering Monday included mothers Rana Abdulrahim from Syria, Mohga Osman from Egypt and MiKyung Han from Korea.
NEWS
By Betsy Diehl and Betsy Diehl,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 1, 2002
GOT SPIRIT? Pupils at Laurel Woods Elementary School do, thanks to the pompom-wielding members of the school's pep squad. They are full of "S-P-I-R-I-T!" They shout it, clap it, spell it and stomp it, from a crouch on the floor to a pose in the air. But the girls aren't rooting for a Super Bowl team - they're cheering on their school, home of the Laurel Woods Dolphins. The pep squad, which consists of 19 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls, performs at school events such as quarterly awards ceremonies and Field Day, said their coach, Lisa Magda, a reading teacher at the school.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 11, 2001
THE MAN they call "Mr. Frank" takes his post about 8 a.m. each weekday. In a crisp white hat, bright red-and-yellow vest and orange gloves, Frank Welsh sends a clear signal to passing cars that neighborhood children are going to school, so it's time to be extra careful. Last week, Welsh began his fourth year as crossing guard for the Crofton Parkway-Tarrytown Avenue intersection, near Crofton Woods Elementary School. Sometimes, drivers make faces at him when he goes into the street to slow them down.
NEWS
By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 21, 2001
THE TEACHERS AND pupils were on vacation, but Crofton Woods Elementary School has been buzzing with activity the past few months. Construction workers, electricians and other contractors have been installing a new roof and air conditioning system for the 30-year-old building. Sometimes it seemed as if the trucks would never stop delivering insulation, lumber and equipment. Meanwhile, the school's staff toiled in a small trailer in the parking lot, preparing for opening day and the pupils.
NEWS
By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2001
MANOR WOODS Elementary School children and the community are "Raising the Roof" through their annual reading campaign. The school exceeded its goal of reading for 1 million minutes during the nine-week program by 290,300 minutes. Pupils, staff and parents were asked to track their reading minutes on bookmarks from Jan. 5 to Friday, with each bookmark representing 150 minutes of reading time. Letters, with a bookmark enclosed, also were sent to members of the education community, asking them to participate.
NEWS
By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2000
For a number of years, staff members at Laurel Woods Elementary School had quietly done their jobs under a lingering suspicion that adults in the Howard County school community were looking down their noses at them. The school has one of the highest percentages of minority and low-income children and the county's lowest test scores. "Especially from other schools," said reading specialist Judi Hunter. "It's like, `You're from Laurel Woods? Ohhhh, Laurel Woods.'" But when teachers and Principal Rosanne Wilson began to notice that the disdain had trickled down to the school's children, staff members decided they couldn't stay silent anymore.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1999
They said they were excited. They said they were ready. But when Manor Woods Elementary School Principal John Morningstar showed them he had rigged their school television to broadcast only snow, the 200 fourth- and fifth-graders sitting on the school gymnasium floor gasped in horror.Later, they all raised their hands, saying they would participate in National TV-Turnoff Week. It is the Ellicott City school's fourth year of participation in the program. While televisions are off, the children record and show their parents and teachers what they have been doing instead of watching TV."
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Student achiever: Kevin O'Brien, 10 School: Bryant Woods Elementary School Special achievement: Winner of the Ben Carson scholarship, based on academics, character and several essays. What he says about it: "I was kind of surprised because usually mostly Baltimore County students win....I was glad to win but, more important, my father always told me, `Winning is not the high point of the award but deserving it is.' " What others say about him: "He is a nice young man and especially kind and helpful to the youngest students," Assistant Principal Maria McNelis said.
NEWS
April 5, 2000
Student achiever: Anna Grant, 7 School: Manor Woods Elementary School Special achievement: Honorable mention in the Project Wisdom essay contest, kindergarten through second grade. What she says about it: "It made me excited to get the award because I got to go home and tell my Mom and Dad. Then I told my Grandma and Grandpa. I chose to write about kindness because it reminded me of what my Dad and teachers said, `What goes around comes around.' " What she wishes for the world: "That people have happier times and wouldn't fight."
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