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Ellicott City: Kiwanis Club makes presence known

With a 72-year record of providing community service to Howard County, the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City is not resting on its laurels.

Recently, club president Kennette Mitchell inducted seven new members — Guv Mitchell, Kristen Byrnes, Goeffrey Houghland, Stephan Hise, Keith Kuhlemeier, Rhonda Johnson and Zenbework Fesseha — who will help expand community giving efforts.

Thanks to the help of one of their new members, who is a University of Maryland-Baltimore County alumni, the club plans to start a UMBC Circle K Club for students. Student Circle K Clubs have already been established at area schools, including Marriotts Ridge, Atholton and Glenelg high schools.

In Howard County, the club has supported organizations including Safe House of Hope, Samaritan Woman, Howard County Advocacy Group Against Human Trafficking and Slavery, Bright Minds, Liberty Christian School, Girls on the Run and Toys for Tots.

In partnership with the Kiwanis Capitol District, Division 14, the club recently awarded its 2012 Teenager of the Year award to Emily Schweich. The Glenelg High senior was presented with a plaque, a $500 check from the Kiwanis Capital District and a check for $150 from the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City.

Schweich was chosen for her outstanding grades, leadership abilities and community service that includes a 4.0 grade point average, a 2310 composite SAT I score and numerous philanthropic leadership positions. As president of the Glenelg Kiwanis Key Club, she increased membership and represented the Key Club at the Kiwanis Capital District Key Leader leadership retreat.

Monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more. For more information, go to ellicottcitykiwanis.com or call Gus Katsampis at 410-465-1891.

Last month, more than 130 St. John's Episcopal Church youth missioners celebrated the church's annual Discovery Weekend. The middle and high school age students spent the weekend helping others, including the Howard County Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Westminster Rescue Mission, Helping Out Mission, Believe in Tomorrow, the Elizabeth House in Laurel and Dr. Bob's at the Joseph Ritchey House in Baltimore.

On March 16, the entire parish will participate in Service over Self Day, a twice-a-year program when parishioners work in community outreach. In addition, this summer, St. John's Young Adults in Churc" will travel to Bethesda, Ohio, to serve through construction work in partnership with Sower Mission. For more information, call Kendle Priestley at 410-461-7793 or go to http://www.stjohnsec.org.

Howard County Public School System will hold kindergarten registration soon at all county elementary schools for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

Krissy Beach, Bellows Spring Elementary School kindergarten teacher, informed me that Bellows Spring families can attend the school's kindergarten registration starting Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, at the following times: Feb. 25 and 28 from 8:30 a.m to 7 p.m., and Feb. 26, 27 and March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All students must be registered by a custodial parent and reside in the school attendance area. The following information is required at the time of registration: parent picture ID, signed original, current lease or deed, current utility bill, student proof of birth, proof of parental relationship, custody, or guardianship, student's current proof of immunizations. For more details, go to http://www.hcpss.org/schools/k_registration.shtml.

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