Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Dayton Oaks Elementary pitches in to help feed seniors

In the past, I have shared news about a Howard County Program run by the Coalition of Geriatric Services, Food on the 15th.

Several schools and churches around the county have participated in the program in the past, and I recently learned that Dayton Oaks Elementary School will now also help with this initiative to help disadvantaged senior citizens in Howard County.

Dayton Oaks will ask for food donations each month that can be delivered on the 15th. All non-perishable food items are welcome.

Food on the 15th was started about 7 years ago to deliver groceries and toiletries to senior citizens who run out of financial resources around the third week of each month — when one Social Security check runs out and before the next month's check arrives.

Many of these senior citizens are choosing between buying food and purchasing their prescription drugs. The program generally serves between 75 and 80 residents each month, many of whom live on just $31,000 per year, and some even as little as $9,000 per year. Transportation and physical limitations make it difficult for senior citizens to get to food banks.

Food on the 15th runs on zero overhead as all food is donated and parents and children volunteer their time to make the free food deliveries. One hundred percent of monetary donations go to purchase $10 gift cards to a local grocery store so that senior citizens can purchase fresh meat, produce and dairy products.

Tax deductible donations (please be sure to write "Food on the 15th" on your check) can be made out to the Coalition of Geriatric Services and mailed to: Coalition of Geriatric Services, P.O. Box 2131, Ellicott City, MD 21041.

Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille, at 2465 Route 97 in Glenwood, will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Glenelg High School Marching Unit. Plan to take the night off from cooking on Jan. 28, and either dine in or carry out.

Fifteen percent of total sales of the day will go to the Glenelg High School Marching Unit. In order for the marching unit to benefit, you must present a coupon, available on the marching unit's website

Dayton Oaks Elementary School is proud of its Band Musicians of the Month for January. Those students are trumpet players Janis Niv, Darren McGowan, Ellie Cirovski, Ryan Gesell, Nicholas Marshall and Grace Turney; trombone players Ryan Rose, Sophie Posey, and Rohit Shah; and percussion players Bronwyn Gallagher and Gabriel Brennan. Congratulations!

Students at Folly Quarter Middle School who are interested in geography recently had the opportunity to show their knowledge, as they participated in the school's fourth annual Geo Bee.

Congratulations go to Anastasia Lesho for winning this year's Folly Quarter Geo Bee. Runner up was Greg Brock, and Alex Medley placed third. Brian Rohner and Adam Zaidi also studied hard to compete in the GeoBee and their participation made for a tough competition.

Ana's next step is to complete the 2013 qualifying test to have a chance to compete in the state level competition. Good luck, Ana!

Folly Quarter Middle School also recently held a small, but very competitive Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Vasudha Jasthi. Brian Rohner was the runner-up. Also participating were Craig Selbrede, Narayahi Wagle and Garrett Peters. Vasudha will continue on to compete at the Howard County Spelling Bee.

The Dayton Oaks Regional Early Childhood Center preschool programs will accept applications for a 3-year-old class for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. This class will include children with and without disabilities.

The program's focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor and social skills. Parents of children who turned 3 by Dec. 31, 2012, may see Judi Sharp or Patti Waldman in the school office for an application package.

All applications must be received by Feb. 1. A limited number of openings are available for children without disabilities. Children are selected based upon screening information given on the application form, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, as well as observations of the child's participation in a playgroup. If necessary, a lottery process is conducted. If you have any questions, contact Sheila Schlosser at 410-313-1581.

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