Dayton 4-H Club steps up after tragedy strikes a family [Glenelg/Dayton/Glenwood]

The Dayton 4-H Club helped to sponsor, and then sold food at the turkey shoot held at the Dayton Rod and Gun Club in December to raise money for the Shaughness family.

The Shaughness children, members of the Bulls Eye 4-H Club, lost their father in a motorcycle accident this fall.

Youth helping youth is an important part of the 4-H program and the Dayton 4-H Club has taken this community service project to heart.

When the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Orchestra traveled to Chicago in December, several local students were part of the group. Ashley Wang, Ayaka Ohara, Laura McAllister, Isabelle Zhan and Sam LeDoux from Folly Quarter Middle School participated in the Midwest Clinic.

The Clinic, which is held in Chicago each year, is the world's largest instrumental music education conference, annually drawing 17,000 attendees from all 50 states and as many as 40 countries. Congratulations to these talented young musicians.

Folly Quarter Middle School is also proud to announce that Principal Rick Wilson was recognized as one of Howard County's best principals in the Howard Magazine Best listing. Wilson deservedly received one of four honorable mention awards.

Bushy Park Elementary School has announced the results of the school Parent Teacher Association Reflections Art Program. Submissions were received from every grade in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition and photography and visual arts. Congratulations to Emma Friedman, Kennedy Richman, Allie Wheeler, Michael Richman, Maggie Yin, Bridget Donohue, David Richman and Heather Vallone, who will represent Bushy Park at the county level of judging.

As part of the increased focus on wellness in the schools, local elementary schools are promoting Walking Wednesday programs. During recess on nice days in the spring and fall, students are encouraged to walk or run around the playing fields while parent volunteers keep track of their progress.

At Bushy Park Elementary, the kindergarten classes received a special award to recognize that 98 percent of the students participated in the fall session. The second grade students were almost as active with 93 percent of second graders walking laps, while 83 percent of the first graders participated in the program.

At Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, the students walked 4,306 laps, or approximately 1,076 miles. Laura Mynaugh's first grade class received the Golden Shoe for walking 287 laps, more than any other class.

Both schools thank all the participants and the volunteers who help make Walking Wednesdays a success, and look forward to starting the programs again in the spring.

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