Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School was very proud of the work of its January Artist of the Month, fourth-grader Andrew Choe. Andrew created an origami work that starts out as an octagon, and compresses to create a star.

This month, Triadelphia Ridge students are excited to welcome an artist in residence. Sue Stockman, a mosaic artist, will be working with students to create their own mosaic pieces. This is a great experience for students.

In other Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School news, the school is currently hosting a shoe drive, the Soles for Souls campaign. Collection bins will be available in the front of the until Feb. 24.

Donations of new or gently used shoes are gladly welcomed. Please make sure the shows have been secured together (or laces tied to each other), to make sure the pairs of shoes stay together. All collected shoes will be delivered to lesser advantaged children throughout the world through the Soles for Souls organization.


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The Glenelg High School Marching Unit Boosters are now holding its last citrus fruit sale of the year. This month they are offering Florida grapefruit, California navel oranges, and Florida temple oranges. Orders are due by Friday, Feb. 10 for fruit to be picked up at Glenelg High School Feb. 25.

Order forms are available from the Glenelg High School office by calling Cindy Desrochers at 410-489-4977 or fruitsales@glenelgbands.com, or by downloading a form from http://www.glenelgbands.com. Mail the completed fruit order form with your check made out to Glenelg Marching Unit Boosters to the address given on the form.

The kids have another day off from school coming up. Looking for a fun way for them to spend the day? Why not send them snowtubing with friends and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Youth ages 11 and older are encouraged to register now for School's Out Snow Tubing and Movie Trips this winter.

Participants will enjoy a morning of snow tubing, zooming down the perfectly carved lanes at Liberty Mountain Resort. The next School's Out Snow Tubing & Movie trip will be held Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fee is $90 per participant, and includes snow tubing, movie, lunch, supervision, and transportation from the Long Gate Park and Ride in Ellicott City.

For more information, call Matt Medicus at 410-313-4719 or call 410-313-7275 to register. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

Looking for a fun summer experience for your high school aged child? The Columbia Associations Sister Cities Summer High School Student Exchange offers high school teens a wonderful opportunity to experience and explore another culture first-hand in France or Spain, and to practice their Spanish or French outside the classroom.

This international cultural and linguistic immersion program is a five-week international summer "camp" for students in level three (III) and above of Spanish or French. Teens from Howard County will travel to Europe at the end of June and live for two weeks with a teen their age in one of Columbia's two European Sister Cities: Cergy-Pontoise, France (near Paris) or Tres Cantos, Spain (near Madrid).

In July, they return to the U.S. and host that same student in his or her home here in Columbia/Howard County. Chaperones (who are fluent in French/Spanish) accompany the teens and are there to support them or solve problems if they arise. The exchange provides an unforgettable summer experience and the opportunity to make lifelong friends in France or Spain

Participants serve as "student ambassadors" from Maryland and meet teens from other Howard County high schools in the process. More information and the 2012 Application Packet can be found at http://www.ColumbiaAssociation.org/TeenExchange. Applications are due Feb. 17.

Speaking of summer, it is not too early to start thinking about summer camps. Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts is gearing up for an outstanding summer program. Your child will enjoy dance, music, art and drama. Each session ends in a full production on the Slayton House professional stage.

Discounts are offered for registrations received before Feb 29, 2012. Email Kathy Verheul, camp administrator at campadmin@columbiavillages.org or call 410-730-3987 for information

The Howard County Bird Club is currently accepting entries for its Birding Art Contest for Students 2012. Student artists, ages 9-13, are invited to draw or print their favorite bird. Realism and attention to detail are important factors in judging.

Drawings and paintings should be no larger than 11-by-14 inches. Any medium including graphite, oils, acrylics, and pastels may be used. Drawings must be of birds that can be found in Maryland.

For ideas see http://www.howardbirds.org. The winner will receive a backpack containing a pair of Eagle Optics binoculars and a birding field guide and a one-year membership in the Howard County Bird Club.

Deadline for submissions is May 31. Send entries to: Kate Tufts, 2830 Duval Road, Woodbine, MD 21797. Include the artists name, age, phone number, email address, school and name of bird. Previous backpack winners are not eligible. The Howard County Bird Club reserves the right to keep possession of the art until Dec. 31, 2012 for publicity purposes. Art may appear in public displays, libraries and nature centers.