One day soon at Bushy Park Elementary School the students will laugh and cheer as Principal Edward Cosentino and physical education teacher Tyson Echentile dress like cowboys and ride horses around the school.

Both challenged the students to participate in the Bushy Bear Dash to raise money for the Parent Teacher Association.

Last year, Cosentino posed a similar challenge to the students and had to kiss a small pig when the students met the challenge. This year both he and Echentile will be getting acquainted with larger animals.

The Bushy Bear Dash was a huge success, according to Jen Noyes and Pam Williams, who planned the fun event for the students. All of the money that the students raised will be used to fund PTA activities, classroom enrichment, school assemblies and family fun events.

Many parent volunteers and area businesses helped to make the event successful. Larriland Farms donated pumpkins that were used for the obstacle course. Casual Gourmet donated a gift certificate that was raffled off to the teachers. Other donors included Charm City Run in Clarksville, Mt. Airy Bikes, Pomeroy Gymnastics, the Salandra Family, and Mullinix Corn Maze. DJ Larry Adler played music all day to encourage the students to keep moving.

"The music was wonderful, the local businesses were generous, and that made the event fun for the students," said Noyes.

This year's theme was Pumpkin Bushy Bear Dash since it was held shortly before Halloween. Physical education teachers Echentile and Al Cruz organized the run and the other fun activities. There was an outside obstacle course for the older students, which involved jumping over hay bales, crawling under spider webs, running through hula hoops, and other challenges. At the end of the course the students decorated a pumpkin with their teammates. The younger students played Halloween themed games in the gymnasium.

All of the students walked or ran laps around the playing fields. Parent volunteers kept track of the laps each child ran, and Echentile is planning to have the students figure out how many laps were run by the entire school. Bushy Park students, parents and faculty had a great time dashing and now look forward to seeing the cowboys.

Laurie Basham, art teacher at Glenwood Middle School, is pleased to announce that Sarah Cooper was selected as Howard County's middle school recipient of the Maryland Masters Award. The state will officially honor Sarah along with the other two Howard County recipients at an art unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Rockburn Elementary School in Elkridge.

The Maryland Masters Award was created by Comptroller Peter Franchot to recognize students who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills along with a vision for Maryland's future. Public school superintendents from all 23 counties and Baltimore City were asked to choose one piece of artwork from an elementary, middle and high school student within their jurisdiction. Cooper's artwork was chosen to represent Howard County middle school students, and it will be on display in Treasury Building in Annapolis for two months. Congratulations to Sarah Cooper.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the Glenelg Marching Unit Boosters will have a fundraiser at Ten Oaks Tavern in Glenelg from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. The Boosters organization will receive 10 percent of the sales for the day. All sales that day, including carry out, will benefit the Boosters, and you do not need to present a coupon. Kathy Buckley encourages everyone to stop by Ten Oaks Tavern to have good food for a good cause.

Glenelg High School students will perform "The Little Mermaid" in the Glenelg Auditorium for two weekends in November. Performances will be Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance at the school office, for $10. For more information call 410-313-5528.