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Odenton/Gambrills: Arundel High fundraises for Kenyan computer center

Arundel High fundraiser helps Kenyan students gain access to computers

Arundel High School students recently held their fifth annual fundraiser to support the work of Kenya Connect.

Arundel High students were instrumental in raising funds to create a 28-station computer lab in a rural community in Kenya that serves 17,000 students at 55 state run schools. None of the Kenya Connect partner schools have electricity, so the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center is an incredible resource to the community.

Funds raised by AHS students helped to put computers in the KC Learning Resource Center which opened in 2013. The Learning Resource Center provides technology classes and a small library to the 55 partner schools within the rural village of Wamunyu.

One of the goals in setting up the computer lab was so Arundel High students could start an international book group. Since 2014, Kenya Connect has held skyped book sessions reading The No.1 Ladies Detective Club, The Giver, The Red Kayak and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It has been an enriching experience for students at Arundel and in Wamunyu.

This year's field day fundraiser included activities sponsored by Arundel High Clubs. Events included tug of war, double dutch jump roping, hand henna painting, face painting, and friendship bracelets. In addition, the dance team adapted and performed a Kenyan dance.

This year's AHS KC interns, Kyle Melvin, Cammie Norton and Lydia Miller led the effort. The Arundel club advisors are Sherri Billheimer and Melissa Reynolds.

Collecting shoes

Derek DePaolis of Synergy Karate is collecting shoes. Gently used are fine. He wants your old sneakers so much that he is giving away a free week of classes to anyone who drops off shoes at one of his locations.

The shoes just go to the dogs. Companion Bridge dogs that is. Collecting shoes is part of a fundraiser for an organization called Companion Bridge. Companion Bridge helps animals in need of medical care, by assisting their owners with medical expenses.

Companion Bridge is conducting a shoe collection drive until May 14. The organization will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit Companion Bridge.

Drop off your old kicks at Synergy Martial Arts, 1015 Generals Hwy. in Crownsville or 1360 Blair Dr. in Odenton. For additional information about Companion Bridge visit http://companionbridge.org/.

Bicycling in Maryland

Find out where to ride in Maryland. On May 9, at 7 p.m. an experienced staff member of the Odenton Regional Library, 1425 Annapolis Road in Odenton, will give advice on where to ride, what type of bicycle to ride, what to wear, and more.

O'Malley Senior Center plant sale

Plants, flowers and baked goods for sale on May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale is open to the public and held at O'Malley Senior Center,1275 Odenton Road in Odenton.

Prices for plants: Annual bedding plants are $15/flat or $2 per pack, 10-inch flowering hibiscus are $16, 12-inch geraniums in pots are $20, 5-inch perennials are $4, vegetables and herbs are $2, 5-inch annuals are $3.50 and 10-inch flowering baskets are $16.

Street festival

The seventh annual Piney Orchard Street Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 21 at 2400 Stream Valley Dr. in Odenton. The annual event typically attracts more than 8,000 people.

The Piney Orchard Community Association offers food, games, prize raffles, live music, children's entertainment and face painting.

For more information, visit www.pineyorchard.com/news-app/street-fest-2015.

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