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Students for Safe Schools on a mission at Bollman Bridge school [North Laurel/Savage]

By Donna Thewes, donnathewes@yahoo.com 301-604-2958

8:05 AM EST, February 28, 2013

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Bollman Bridge Elementary takes bullying and community outreach seriously. The school started a group called Students for Safe Schools to help build a nurturing environment while helping others learn to stop bullying.

The students volunteer during their recess to read stories about bullying to the pre-K classes, they develop activities in the school to help educate students and they also reach out to the community and families. They promote ways the school can help the community throughout the year.

One way was by having Pennies for Patients, where students collected spare change and donated it to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All money helped children right here in Maryland. They raised $4,141. This is their third year raising money for them and it is adding up.

Earlier this year, the group ran Kids Helping Kids Food Drive and donated 397 pounds of food to the Howard County Food Bank. They also teamed up with Liberty Tax to provide Turkey Drive Vouchers to help 25 needy families at Bollman Bridge get a free turkey dinner for Thanksgiving.

Jacqueline Torbit, the school counselor, is chairwoman of the program and works with students Rex Azagba, Roy Azagba, Reyna Cobdon, Krissa Hillman, Trey Jordan, Kristyn McDonald and Diane Perez to help make Bollman Bridge and our community a better place.

Terrapin Adventures in Savage is giving back to the community by offering a series of programs of fundraisers, community education and a free program for teachers. The first program will be a free Teacher Team Building Seminar on March 2.

The group will host an environmental speaker on March 21 to educate us on the terrapin turtle. For this and all the other special events, check out http://www.terrapinadventures.com.

Hammond Middle School is sending quite a team of scientists to the Howard County STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Fair. Congratulations and good luck to Haley Tiller, Tony Terrasa, Amanda O'Shaughnessy, Jessica Kerry, Julia Dixon, Emma Denlinger and Victoria Airapetian.

Atholton High's spring performance, "The Wedding Singer," will be March 7 to 10. Times are 7 p.m. on March 7, 8 and 9 and 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 10. Tickets are $10 in advance, for students and senior citizens and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.atholtondrama.org or call 410-313-7065.

The Women's Giving Circle is accepting applications for its summer program, Journey 2013, for Howard County girls entering eighth and ninth grades. It will run July 14 through 20. The cost is $700 with financial aid available.

You can obtain an application at http://www.mdleadershipworkshops.org/programs/community-outreach/journey or in guidance offices. Financial aid requests must be postmarked by March 22 and applications postmarked by March 28. For further information, contact office@mlw.org.

The next Gator Academy, a free tutoring opportunity for Reservoir Students, will be March 10 and 17 at the North Laurel Community Center, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Yvona Ward at YvonaWard@verizon.net or Miriam Cruz at 240.640.7885.