Ellicott City: Comedy show at Centennial High will benefit after-prom party

Centennial High school PTSA hosts the James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium. This family-friendly event has received rave reviews from participants all over the country.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the PTSA after-prom party for students who attend the junior and senior prom. The event, staffed by parent volunteers, serves as a protected venue for students who want to continue the prom night fun in a safe, alcohol-free way.

This year, the Centennial High PTSA will host the party at Lifetime Gym from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Students will be bused to Lifetime Gym. They will be treated to movies, casino games, karaoke, food, and maybe even a mechanical bull.

Door prizes (items such as iPads, printers, college-dorm-size refrigerators and microwaves and cash) are given away at various intervals throughout the night to encourage students to stay off the roads.

Consider taking your family to this laugh-out-loud comedy show. You will be helping the PTSA raise the thousands of dollars needed to afford students a safe after-prom experience.

Discount tickets can be purchased online through Jan. 25 at http://www.schoolcelebrations.com/chs. Pre-ordered individual tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, or family packages start at $40 for family of four, $50 for a family of five or $60 for a family of six.

Tickets at the door are $12, cash or check only. Contact Kathy Davis at kathydavis80@gmail.com for more details. Want to learn more about James Munsey's show? Go to his website at http://www.hilariousevents.com.

Service men and women returning from military duty in Afghanistan got a big surprise at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall airport recently from Girl Scout Troop 728.

Armed with homemade banners and cards, the Centennial Lane Elementary School students greeted our troops to an enthusiastic welcome and Girl Scout cookies.

"It made me feel really nice inside to give cookies to the soldiers coming home," said Girl Scout Elizabeth Stroud.

According to Elizabeth's mother Leslie, the Girl Scouts began participating in Operation Welcome Home last year after troop member Jamie Cole attended a similar event with her brother Jake's Boy Scout Troop.

The entire troop participated in the welcome. Troop members Caitlin McNeil, Lauren Stipe, Emery Stafford, Emma Treat, Marie Walters, who were unable to attend, crafted the welcome home banners that troop members Katie Keating, Jamie Cole, Sara Domerchie, Kelsey Genovese, Bonnie Jackson, Elizabeth Stroud, Nicole Ouellette, Hailey Ambrose and Sasha Allen proudly displayed at the airport.

Operation Welcome Home is a volunteer organization which averages four welcome home events a week. For more information, go to their website at http://www.operationwelcomehomemd.org.

During the month of December, Centennial Lane Elementary School first grade teacher Erin Reisberg worked with her 6- and 7-year-old students to study the trait of compassion. Reisberg's lesson plan included a hands-ons exercise where students made blankets and cards for sick kids at John's Hopkins Children's Center, many of whom did not come home for the holidays.

As part of the lesson, the students also wrote letters to themselves about how they feel when they show compassion. One student wrote, "When I show compassion it makes me feel joyful because I can help someone else."

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