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Around South County: St. Andrew's Day School celebrates Earth Day

Each year, St. Andrew’s Day School in Edgewater celebrates Earth Day in a big way, and Tuesday was no exception.

As one highlight of this year’s Earth Day Exposition at the school, students planted 150 trees in conjunction with the South River Federation, Maryland Conservation Corps and Alliance for the Bay. Students schoolwide gathered milk jugs to serve as cisterns to direct rainwater to the trees as they grow.

“Two full days of hands-on learning activities and presentations by local planet-friendly organizations ensure that our students are consistently educated on the important role they play as stewards of our Earth,” Leslie Redwine, head of school and founder of the annual event, said in a written statement.

Jessica Moyer, the seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher, coordinated the project as part of the school’s ongoing effort to live out its Green School philosophy; the school was one of the first to achieve the status of being a Maryland Green School. Awarded the certification by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education in 2008, St. Andrew’s maintained the strict standards of conservation and education required of the status, and was recertified in 2012.

“We are fortunate to have educators from a whole host of organizations participating in our Earth Day events. From the South River Federation, Baltimore Aquarium and BGE, to Team DNR, NOAA and Whole Foods, not to mention many other guest speakers, our students and our planet benefit from earth stewardship education at an early age,” Redwine said.

“We are grateful to all who have helped us grow this program, including our incredibly supportive faculty and families.”

Rotary traveler

South Anne Arundel County Rotary Club President Chris Asher recently presented a banner to Rotarian Blair Smith, commemorating his visit to the Meredith Rotary Club in New Hampshire.

Smith and his wife Joann like visiting Rotary clubs while traveling; they enjoy the camaraderie, and the tips on local restaurants and points of interest come in handy.

Smith’s roots go back to New Orleans and Indiana, before his family relocated to Maryland when he was a youngster. He met Joann while both were students at the University of Maryland. After graduation, they embarked on careers in education.

Smith’s dad was a Rotarian and helped instill the ideal of service. Smith joined the south county Rotary in 2005 and has helped with a variety of community-based service projects supported by the club.

Dedicated to giving back in many ways, Smith started the Missions Program at Davidsonville United Methodist Church. The team has traveled to New Orleans, Mississippi, Florida and North Carolina to rehabilitate housing destroyed by storms.

In May, the Smiths will head up a team traveling closer to home. The team will go to Crisfield in an effort to work on homes previously damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Trips back to New Orleans each summer led the Smiths to a love affair with barbecue. They subsequently use their barbecue skills to help the church’s Tongues of Fire Barbecue Ministry Team, well-known in the area for offering a variety of favorites. The proceeds from these well-attended fundraisers benefit area charities.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AASoCoRotary.

  • The Tongues of Fire will be cooking up pork, beef and chicken sandwiches Saturday at Davidsonville UMC, 819 W. Central Ave. Sales will begin at around 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. or until the food is sold out. All proceeds from the barbecue go to the ministry.

While eating your barbecue, hand your car over to the church youth group, who will host a car wash at the church to raise money for its mission trip to West Virginia this summer. For details, call 410-798-5511 or visit www.dumc.net.

‘Art’s in Bloom’

Artworks@7th, 9100 Bay Ave. in North Beach, welcomes spring as its gallery members present “Art’s in Bloom,” a group show celebrating the passing of winter and the welcoming warmth of spring.

Through paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, photographs, fiber art and other interesting, creative and unique works of art, all produced by local artists, the show is focused on the color, spirit and awakening of spring.

The free opening reception will be at 1 p.m. May 3. The exhibit will run from May 1 to 26. The gallery’s hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

For more information, call 410-286-5278 or visit www.artworksat7th.com.

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