Glen Burnie elementary school kicks off 'Freetown Rises Up'

Freetown Elementary School honored rising fifth-grade student Alexandra Robinson and kicked off its new “Freetown Rises Up” initiative Aug. 30.

Alexandra’s artwork was chosen in June by staff and classmates from a group of third and fourth graders’ submissions. It was enlarged to poster-size, which was revealed to the school family during the school’s Sneak a Peek at Your Seat event.

The Title I program provides additional funding to schools having a large percentage of low-income families. The idea for the Freetown Rises Up initiative came last spring at the school’s Title I meeting, when prinicipal Amanda Edmonds, reading specialist Erin Johanson and math resource teacher Julie Taylor were looking for areas of weakness.

“We just need more from everyone – from teachers, students, administrators, the community,” Johanson said. “We said you know what, Freetown just needs to rise up, and we realized that would be a great slogan.”

Johanson said the school’s Title I budget is tailored to the new initiative. She said this is the first year the school has combined a Sneak a Peek at Your Seat and Back to School nights, rather than have families come out twice. Attendance and excitement were high, and students enjoyed celebrating with Kona snowballs.

Johanson said the school has come up with some game-changers. Freetown will offer at least one Title I family night each month along with Friday morning events geared toward parents.

Three Books and Bagels events are planned for school families. In partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Lake Shore and Severna Park, students are provided with string backpacks emblazoned with the school’s logo, which they will fill with books. Once they’ve read their books, they can choose to keep or trade the books in for a new bagful.

Other events include a glow stick dance party and a duct tape maker night, where kids can make items from the sticky stuff. The Rotary Club has agreed to buy a Little Free Library for the school to design and decorate at one of the events.

Johanson said the school is the first in the county to use Playworks – emotional and social training and conflict resolution incorporated with play, which is structured by a recess coach. The coach also will instruct teachers how to incorporate Playworks skills into their classrooms.

Johanson said the school needs all its stakeholders to be more involved. She said staff hopes when parents see kids’ excitement for the new programs, they also will want to be more involved.

“Everyone is doing the best they can – sometimes by bath time, you’re just done,” Johanson said. “If we can give parents some strategies to make it easier, or teach them it’s still okay to read to your 9-year-old, they may partake more in those special moments.”

Freetown Community

Freetown Community Improvement Association, 7760 Freetown Road, will sponsor Freetown Community Day 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Saturday.

The event begins with a parade leaving Freetown Community Center, 7825 Freetown Road, at 11 a.m., and will feature a moonbounce, face painting, K-9 dog show, antique car show, raffles, music, door prizes, food and vendors. Special guests will make an appearance, including Bret Lane and the Freetown Community Day Choir, Boys and Girls Club Choir of Freetown Village, DJ Twin, Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps Marching Band, Empowering Believers Church Praise Dancers and Anne Arundel County Police and Fire departments.

Sunday bingo

The Glen Burnie Moose Lodge 1456, 1911 Crain Hwy. S., will hold a bingo Sunday featuring a spaghetti and meatball platter, salad and one soft drink, served before bingo. Doors open at 11 a.m. Play begins at 1 p.m.

Cost is $25 and includes lunch, regular games and specials. For more information, call the lodge 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-761-1298.

Love and Laundry

Bring your quarters and join members of Ferndale United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month as they show love to area homeless folks at Glen Laundromat, 7442 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.

Snacks, drinks and bagged lunches also are needed. For details, call 410-761-2880.

AWANA

AWANA Clubs begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Baptist Church, 7378 E. Furnace Branch Road.

Kids can learn scripture, make friends and play games during club time. To register, visit WelcomeTo.Faith/awana.

Ice cream happy hour

Rejoice Fellowship, 7606 Quarterfield Road, will host its family ice cream happy hour 1:30–3 p.m. Sept. 15 with sundaes and root beer floats. Kids’ activities will be offered.

Beginning Sept. 16, Rejoice will add a traditional service with communion beginning at 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall at 105 1st Ave. SW. Sunday school will resume at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call 410-760-3084 or visit www.rejoiceelca.org.

Monarch names assistant principal

Monarch Academ has named Tina Joseph as its new assistant principal. Joseph has 15 years’ experience in elementary and middle schools and previously was a language arts resource teacher. She also has worked in Prince Georges County Public Schools and was director of Tree of Life Child Development Center.

Glen Burnie woman honored

On Aug. 25, Glen Burnie resident and Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Brenda A. Reed received the 2018 Senior Member of the Year Award at the Civil Air Patrol National Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Reed joined the all-volunteer Air Force auxiliary and rose through its ranks after her children were cadets. She is a member of the Arundel Composite Squadron, which meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Rejoice Fellowship, 7606 Quarterfield Road.

For more information, visit http://arundel.mdwg.cap.gov.

Covenant LifeHouse events

Covenant LifeHouse Ministries, 508 McCormick Dr., Suites M-P, will celebrate Family and Friends Month throughout September.

  • Sept. 2 – Communion
  • Sept. 9 – Grandparents’ Day
  • Sept. 16 – Unity/Jersey Day-participants can wear their favorite team’s jersey
  • Sept. 22 – Annual fish, chicken and rib dinner fundraiser 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 23 – Official Family and Friends Day with guest speaker Dr. Johnny Parker

Services begin at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Rev. Eugene Hill at 410-590-2158 or rev1ghill@gmail.com.

Free blood pressure screening

Baltimore Washington Medical Center volunteers offer free blood pressure screenings at Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, 8:30 a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays through June.

In the case of inclement weather, the group follows Anne Arundel County Public Schools' schedule, which means if there is a delay or closure, screenings will be canceled. For details, contact Joan Morris at 410-761-7135.

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