Clarksville Elementary gets recognition from First Lady [Clarksville]

Students and staff at Clarksville Elementary were delighted to receive a note from First Lady Michelle Obama congratulating them on earning a Bronze Award in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge to promote health and wellness.

This is part of the First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative.

Clarksville was noted as being among the best of the best in going above and beyond minimum requirements to ensure our students are enabled to live full and healthy lives.

The Clarksville Middle School Orchestra will present a concert on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the school.

Pointers Run Elementary is hosting a visit by well-known author and speaker Ron Glodoski on Feb. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This national expert on bullying, resiliency, drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse presents a unique opportunity to see the world through the eyes of our youth. If you plan to attend, please RSVP.

To learn more about Ron's programs and books, go to

Also on the road to healthy living is the fourth annual Pointers "Run" to be held April 20. beginning and ending at Pointers Run Elementary.

The Pointers "Run" committee is looking for sponsors. Your $100 sponsorship will help raise money for student activities, supplies, equipment and other needs within the school.

As a thank you for sponsorship, your name or business name will be placed in a brochure and on participants' T-shirts. Last year, there were over 400 runners. The deadline for inclusion in the brochure is March 1. For more information contact

Congratulations to River Hill High students moving on from Howard County to the state level in the PTA Reflections art competition.

At the county level, Michael Zahn was awarded Outstanding Interpretation of Theme for Visual Arts. Lu-Fanng Hung received an Award of Merit in Visual Arts. Morgan Geraghty won the Dance Choreography Award of Merit. Good luck.

Roseann Dougherty founded Team Inspiration to provide resources to promote healing for cancer patients by developing exercise and wellness programs. Research shows that exercise abates the side effects of treatment and provides a more positive outcome for survivorship.

Team Inspiration became the favorite charity of Charles and Patricia Kennedy. Patty Kennedy was a beloved patient and friend of local dentist Rashmi Parmar.

To honor the memory Patty, Rashmi decided to donate a percentage from each patient treated in Nov. and Dec. The result was a $930 donation to Team Inspiration. Making a donation to a favorite charity is a nice way to honor those we've loved and lost.

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