Collecting books and bikes, young Leos help near and far [Glenelg/Glenwood/Dayton]

Howard County Times

Mary Powers, the advisor for the Glenwood Middle School Leo Club, is proud to announce that the young Leos just finished a book drive at the school. They collected, sorted, boxed and delivered over 2,000 books. Fifteen boxes full of children's books were taken to Highlandtown Elementary School in Baltimore. There were enough books to give each child in the school one to take home, just in time for Dr. Seuss' birthday. Fourteen boxes of books appropriate for middle-school aged children were taken to Oakland Mills Middle School. As the boxes were carried inside, teachers at the school were happy to claim books for their classrooms. Several boxes of books were also kept for an adult-outreach program to be given to adults in the Oakland Mills community. The final three boxes were donated to Glenwood Community Center's 50+ Center, to be used in its lending library.

Students who donated at least five books to the book drive were invited to the Literature Lock-In at Glenwood Middle. More than 50 students spent the evening in the Media Center reading books, hearing book talks from the Howard County teen librarians and snacking. According to Powers, "It was wonderful to see readers connecting with other readers."

The final project of the school year for these hard-working Leo Club members is a Bike Drive. They will be collecting bicycles on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., in front of Glenwood Middle School. The bicycles will be picked up by Bikes for the World, to be shipped around the world, where the bikes will be used as transportation. If you have a bicycle you want to donate, but will not be able to take it to Glenwood on that day, you can also leave it at the front door of the old Bushy Park Elementary, next door to Glenwood Middle. Just put a note on the bike indicating that it should be stored for the Leo Club.

Congratulations to Robert Herriotts, who recently graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Herriotts successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training as one of 60 recruits in Training Platoon 1012. While in recruit training, he achieved expert marksman, and his training platoon earned Honor Platoon. After boot camp, Herriotts spent 10 days home on leave, then reported for military combat training and military occupation specialty school. The 22-year-old is the son of Tracy and Karen Herriotts, who are justifiably proud of his achievements.

There will be an art show and family-fun afternoon on Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center on Shady Lane in Glenwood. Visitors can walk the trails, create children's crafts, purchase fine arts and crafts at the art show or just enjoy the beauty of the farm. Food, beverages and wine will be available for purchase, or you can bring a picnic. Admission is free.

The Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center is fundraising to "Raise the Roof" on the area's first indoor-therapy arena, to serve a growing number of young participants with sensory processing disorders such as autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Part of the proceeds from the sales of art will go to the Raise the Roof Fund. Finish Line Youth Foundation has offered a challenge matching grant of $75,000 to the Riding Center for the indoor-therapy arena. For more information, go to the website at

The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Friday, April 28, at the St. Louis Church Social Hall in Clarksville. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the first game starting at 7 p.m. There will be 20 regular games plus specials, raffles, door prizes, and lots of good food and drink. Admission is $25. For more information, contact Mike Leumas at 410-290-8290, or by email at, or Nick Tranchitella by phone at 410-531-6162, or email at

The ninth annual Womenfest, a health and wellness event for women, will be Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gary Arthur Community Center at Glenwood. Come enjoy demonstrations, seminars and workshops, and participate in health screenings. Admission is free.

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