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Bond Mill DI team places first in regional, second in state competition [West Laurel]

By Chris Folks, cbfolkswl@aol.com 301-490-0797

4:24 PM EDT, April 7, 2014

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Bond Mill's Destination Imagination Team of seven fourth-graders, Haley Bateman, Grace Beck, Kenny Graninger, Marcus Jones, Amy Lepore, Peyton Ridgely and Michael Stroud, won first place in the regional Destination Imagination competition and moved on to the state competition. At the regional level, the cast of seven competed in an engineering creative problem-solving challenge. They had to research a technology that detects something humans can't with their five senses. Haley and Grace were the object placement specialists; and Michael detected objects as well as composed the lyrics and music of a song, which he played on his saxophone while the young scientists sang along. Peyton removed objects; Kenny was the artist; Marcus was the conveyor belt specialist; Amy was the evil scientist and all of them had a part in the play about saving the earth's environment and the ozone layer. It was a delight to see the up and coming environmentalists and engineers of the future. Teachers Donna Albrecht, who was team manager, and Chantel Collins spent countless hours preparing and guiding the team. Bond Mill's Destination Imagination Team came in second overall in the state of Maryland competition on April 5 and has now progressed to the Global Competition in Tennessee. Go Bulldogs!  

Registration for kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year will take place April 7 to 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bond Mill Elementary for children in the Bond Mill boundary area. Children need to be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Registration must be done by the child's parent or legal guardian. Please bring your child's original birth certificate, immunization records, your photo ID and proof of residency (signed current lease, deed, signed settlement papers or a current monthly mortgage statement plus two pieces of current official mail in original envelopes). Prince George's County Public Schools no longer accepts cell phone bills as proof of residency.

The West Laurel Recreation Council will host the annual West Laurel Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. sharp at the West Laurel Community Building. It is free for kids ages 2 through 10 years old. At exactly 10 a.m. there will be a mad dash on the lawn as youngsters hunt for colored eggs and special prizes. Visit and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy other family activities. The egg hunt is a West Laurel time-honored tradition, which has been making kids "scramble" for generations.

Lenora Dernoga would like to invite our community to a fundraiser being held April 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Nuzback's on Route 1, for Laurel Trap-Neuter-Return, a nonprofit organization that helps to spay and neuter feral cats to humanely reduce their population. The fundraiser will have live music, a silent auction and good food. No admission, but all donations are welcome.

Madison Jones, Morgan Jones, Rianna Clash and Julia Knisley of Girl Scout Troop 5865 helped out the cause by collecting food and supplies for Laurel's stray cats. Go to laureltnr.org for information about the program.

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club will be holding its annual Spring Craft Show and Flea Market on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center on Contee Road. Home-baked goods and light lunch items will be available for purchase. Contact Betty Mannas at 301-953-2503 for more information.