Leo clubs roar into service with Lions help [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton

Howard County Times

The Glenwood Lions Club sponsors Leo Clubs at Bushy Park Elementary, Folly Quarter Middle and Glenwood Middle schools. Leo stands for leadership, experience and opportunity. The students learn to be leaders while they work on a wide variety of activities and projects to help in their school and in our community. Leo Club Coordinator Harrison Morson is proud of all the ways these young people are living the Lions Club motto “We Serve”.

At Bushy Park, the club advisors are Angela Cole, Debbie Carroll and Michelle Little. Every year, the club members serve as school recyclers and they plan and promote school spirit days throughout the year.

This year they also organized a bake sale to benefit hurricane victims, held a canned food and blanket drive to re-stock the food pantry at Glenelg Methodist Church and set up a “giving tree” to collect hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for Howard County Public School students in need during the winter. They created “buddy bags” for new students at Bushy Park and hosted the Flag Day celebration at the school.

The Leo Club advisors at Folly Quarter are Patricia Watt, Shaleen Bader and Kathleen Jeffrey. Throughout the year, club members help plan school spirit days and collect used eyeglasses for the Lions Club. This year they also collected candy from their fellow students at Halloween which they sent, along with cards of appreciation, to military troops overseas. At Thanksgiving time, they collected food, household goods and personal items for eight families identified by Neighbor Network, and collected and wrapped gifts for another six families at Christmas time. They donated money to the Build Haiti Foundation’s Adopt a School Program which they raised by selling baked goods in the fall. In the spring, the students organized, promoted and staffed a Lip Sync Battle to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

This year the Glenwood Middle School Leo Club, and itsadvisor Mary Powers, asked for donations of gently-used books. They collected, sorted and boxed over 2,500 books. Fifteen boxes of books were delivered to elementary schools in Baltimore city and 15 more boxes went to Oakland Mills Middle School. Six boxes of adult books went to the Glenwood Senior Center, six boxes to Caton Woods Assisted Living and six boxes were donated to the charity, Better World Books, which was recommended by the Howard County Public Library.

The students also sponsored a Literature Lock-in for 40 students at Glenwood. Money they raised was donated to the Howard County Library’s Adult Literacy Program. At the bike drive in May, the students collected and prepared 165 bicycles for transportation to Bikes for the World. With help from Lions Club members, they assembled and painted 10 ten birdhouses, which were mounted around the school. Birds have already moved into the houses. Club members also worked on displays for this year’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Glenwood.

Before school ended for the summer, members of the Lions Club hosted an ice cream celebration to recognize the commitment of club members and the leadership provided by their advisors. Leo club members enjoyed ice cream and the Lions Club expressed their appreciation for the good works performed by the students.

Kim Hamsher, one of the chairs of Glenelg High School’s After Prom Party Committee wants to thank everyone who helped make the party successful. The party was attended by 346 students, representing almost 70 percentof the junior and senior classes. Thanks to all the parent volunteers and the Glenelg staff members who helped keep the students safe on Prom Night. Special thanks also to the local businesses that sponsored and made contributions to the party including Buch Construction, Performance Barn, Cabinet Discounters, Earth Treks, Eggspectations, Haussler & Associates, Health Unlimited, Jimmy Johns, Katherine Dillworth Photography, Pinots Pallette, Players Bar and Grill, Pottery Stop, Sport Clips, Salon Tusey, Med One Pharmacy, Mission BBQ, Pet Valu, Autobahn, California Tortilla, Clarks ACE Hardware, Dunkin Donuts, EW Becks, Facci, Four One Oh Nail, Glory Days, Pie Five, Smokin’ Hot Bar & Grille and Weis Markets for helping the students have a safe and fun time.

Now that school has ended for the summer, it’s time to start planning for the Howard County Fair. This year will be the 73 fair. It will take place from Saturday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 11, and offers something for everyone with exhibits, animals, agricultural displays, crafts, contests, entertainment, amusement rides, food and lots of fun.

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