Gorman Crossing students ran for fun and funds to purchase iPads [North Laurel]

Laurel Leader

Local elementary schools continue to be active in more than just classroom learning. Back in October, over 400 Gorman Crossing students participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run and raised more than $21,000 for their school. Students spent nine days watching short videos from children who had ideas that inspired their own schools and neighborhoods. Gorman Crossing students then took these life-changing ideas and discussed ways to implement their own plans and ideas. The unit culminated with a Fun Run around the school's campus. Money raised will go toward purchasing iPads and plans for an outdoor classroom.

December is a busy month around town. Frosty will be at the Savage Branch library on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 to 11 a.m., to pose for pictures with children after they enjoy stories and activities. Santa will be visiting Savage Branch library from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, Wednesday, Dec. 14, Thursday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 16. Children of all ages will enjoy stories and activities before posing for pictures with the man in the red suit. Be sure to bring your camera. No registration is required for these holiday friend events.

On Tuesday, Dec, 13, the holiday friends won't be visiting but children ages 3 to 6 are invited to come with an adult to the Savage Branch library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Holiday stories and songs will be shared and participants will decorate a salt-dough ornament. Registration is required. Call 410-313-0760.

If the busy holiday season has you feeling stressed then the Savage Branch library is also the place for you as long as you are 18 or over. Coloring for Creativity, Focus and Relaxation is the program offering for Saturday, Dec. 10. from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Register to color with others by calling 410-313-0760.

Winter events are also planned for the Robinson Nature Center. The Deer Santa program is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. Children ages 2 to 6, with an adult, can hike through the woods in search of footprints from four-legged friends. After the hike, snacks and crafts will be enjoyed. Santa is coming, too, and will be available for photos. Cost is $20 for one child with an adult.

A brand new program for children and their parents is planned for Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m, at the center. The Lil' Acorns Winter Wonders will allow participants to explore the wonders of nature in winter as they discover what animals do during this time of year. Songs, sensory activities, a puppet show and a walk through the woods are all included. Cost is $18 for a parent and child. You can register for one or both activities by calling 410-313-0400 or going to www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.

The Savage Historical Society will not hold a meeting in December. However, you should mark your calendar for Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. The topic is scheduled to be "Savage Mill and the Historic American Buildings Survey" presented by Amy Reytar. Questions can be answered by calling 301-725-1241.

Art students at Reservoir High School are working on printmaking projects and are in need of old phone books. If you have any to donate, please drop them off at the school for art teacher Christine Long.

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