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Young inventor returns to alma mater, Burleigh Manor

If your children question why their school science project is important, tell them to Google the name Kavita Shukla, an alumna of Burleigh Manor Middle School.

In 2010, Shukla co-founded Fenugreen, a social enterprise that manufactures her invention FreshPaper — a clothes dryer-type paper infused with organic herbs that keeps fruits and vegetables fresh 2-4 times longer. The small sheet is designed to be used in fridge drawers, cartons, bags and containers filled with produce.

With 25 percent of the world's food supply lost to spoilage, FreshPaper has garnered world wide attention and numerous international honors.

As a BMMS student, Shukla's school science fair project centered on experiments utilizing the herbs. During her years at Centennial High School, she continued her research and patented her invention, FreshPaper. After graduating from Harvard University and conducting several years of research and development, Shukla formed Fenugreen, with partner Swaroop Samant, to bring FreshPaper to market.

Today, FreshPaper has been featured in Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post and can be purchased online or in select Whole Food stores.

Recently, Shukla returned to her alma mater BMMS to launch the "Fresh for All" School Initiative in an address to students and faculty.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Burleigh Manor Middle School after all these years. I'm so grateful to the committed, passionate teachers in middle school and high school who inspired me to think more broadly about how I could make a difference in the world," she said.

As part of the "Fresh for All" School Initiative, Fenugreen will partner with the BMMS student council to promote healthy eating in the community by utilizing FreshPaper as a fundraiser. For every pack of FreshPaper they sell in the community, Fenugreen will make a matching donation of FreshPaper to local food pantries.

Learn more by going to Fenugreen's website http://www.fenugreen.com

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City is hosting its bi-annual, all-you-can-eat, Fall country breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., at Kiwanis-Wallas Park Hall. The breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, Boarman's sausage and more.

Proceeds support youth programs. Admission is $7 per person; children under age 8 eat for free. For additional information, contact Gus Katsampis at 410-465-1891 and katsamg@yahoo.com or go to the club's website at http://www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop No. 1997 and Hollifield Station Elementary School are co-sponsoring Discover Daniels Day, Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Daniels area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City.

The family friendly event will celebrate the once vibrant cotton mill town and its rich history. Originally located in both Howard and Baltimore Counties, on land that straddles the Patapsco River between Woodstock and Ellicott City, the town is long gone. In 1972, Daniels was devastated by the flooding of Tropical Storm Agnes and subsequently became a ghost town.

The free event will give participants a glimpse of the rich history and environmental resources of the former textile mill village with oral history lessons, storytelling, hikes led by Boy Scouts and volunteer rangers, living history Civil War re-enactors, music by the Daniels Band and Sam "The Muleman" Miller, railroad and history talks, nature and environmental programs,and children's games. Also, check out the food and crafts for sale.

Free shuttle bus service will be offered. Free parking for the shuttle bus will be available at Hollifield Station Elementary School and Crossroads Church of the Nazarene. Daniels Road will be closed during the event.

For more information, go to the Patapsco Heritage Greenway website at http://www.PatapscoHeritageGreenway.org or to the Discover Daniels Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/DiscoverDanielsDay.

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