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School for the Deaf kindergartners show 'signs' of success

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Congratulations to all 2013 graduates but special congratulations go out to Marshall Taylor and his fellow graduates who recently celebrated their promotion to the first grade at Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) Columbia Campus. Marshall who lives in our area, boards the bus daily at 6 a.m. for the two-hour ride to MSD along with his younger brother Sammy and other deaf children who live in Baltimore County.

At the special ceremony June 7, all eleven kindergartners, each with varying degrees of hearing impairments, donned in their Sunday best and white graduation caps and processed in and individually came on stage to "sign" using American Sign Language or ASL. Each child introduced finger spelled his or her name as an introduction and gave a signed presentation of what was learned this year. Marshall signed about an "apple lesson" and sign that apples can come in three colors; he used props — apples of all three colors — to illustrate his presentation. Other children signed about learning to read words, learning about the earth and about different countries on earth. For parents and other guests in the audience who do not know ASL, an interpreter voiced everything that was signed on stage.

A PowerPoint slide show of the year's activities also helped guests view the kids' work through the year. Before adjourning for cake and ice cream, each child came on stage individually to receive a diploma and to shake hands with the teachers and administrators who were on hand to congratulate the students of the class of 2025.

Volunteers — they make the Parkville Senior Center. Baltimore County operates twenty senior centers for Baltimore County residents who are age 60 and up. Center members may access a wealth of engaging activities and services including travel opportunities, health screenings, exercise, fitness equipment, a balanced lunch and classes on many topics including computer, foreign language, crafts, exercise, and dance.

Centers generally are open Monday-Friday and business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations and payments are required for some activities. Staffing is light and so each center relies on the volunteer work of center members to assist with center operations. Volunteers act as receptionists, teach classes, serve the Eating Together lunch, and plan and staff special events and trips. Center volunteers at the center often take on extra projects such as knitting infant hats for hospitals, making lap robes for veterans and collecting food for adopted families at Christmas and more.

Parkville Senior Center recently honored volunteers who had given 50 or more documented hours during the last year at a luncheon at Silver Mining Dining Company. Sixty people were invited. County wide, the Department of Aging honors people who gave 100 or more hours at a luncheon at Martins West and 45 people from Parkville Senior Center were invited. Two Parkville members, Vince and Marge DelGravio received special recognition for volunteer service totaling over 1000 hours.

The Parkville Senior Center is located at 8601 Harford Road. For information, call 410-887-5338.

Bargains are to be had at Arnolia United Methodist Church's thrift shop at 1776 E. Joppa Road. The shop is open Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The thrift shop currently has large inventory of plus size (up to 4 X) including blouses (starting at $3), slacks (from $4) and evening wear. For information, contact Priscilla Calvert at 410-529-3806. Proceeds from the shop go to the church's outreach fund that helps people in need in the community

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