Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: At Bushy Bear, fundraiser features pig-kissing principal

In mid-October, Bushy Park Elementary School held its second annual Bushy Bear Dash, a fun-filled day of fundraising with proceeds benefiting class assemblies, in-school field trips, curriculum advancements, and future school projects.

The school goal was to raise $10,000 during this event. Principal Ed Cosentino issued a challenge to students, if they could raise $10,000, he would kiss a pig. The designated day for the Bushy Bear Dash arrived, and students not only met the goal, they exceeded the goal, raising over $12,600.

While Principal Cosentino, spent the day preparing to pucker up, the students spent the day running laps and participating in scooter races, cheered on by the other students and the Bushy Bear Mascot, as well as being entertained by DJ Larry Adler.

On Oct. 26, as students arrived at school, Principal Cosentino was out front, a young pig in his arms, ready to make good on his promise. The students were excited to watch the principal kiss a pig, and the principal was a good sport.

In addition to the people who volunteered time and made donations, there are also a few specific people and businesses that need to be recognized for helping. First, thanks to Al Cruz and Kim Gjerde, Bushy Park physical education teachers, for their time planning and implementing the Bushy Bear Dash (as well as practicing with students); second, thanks goes out to the following businesses, KidzArt, Klotz Karate, Pomeroy Gymnastics, and Mullinix Corn Maze for donating raffle prizes; and a thank you is extended to Dale Hough, Woodcamp Farm, for providing a young piglet for Principal Cosentino's kiss.

The Howard County 4-H Program held a Pizza Hut Fundraiser in early October. The evening was such a success, that they have scheduled another on Nov. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Clarksville and Lisbon Pizza Huts.

On that evening, Howard County 4-H will receive 20 percent of the net sales for anyone mentioning 4-H when they pay for their order. 4-H is the youth development program of Maryland Cooperative Extension. The program teaches youth between the ages of 5-19 a variety of life skills through informal hands-on education.

Congratulations to the following Dayton Oaks Elementary School Band Members, who were recently named Musicians of the Month for November — Gracen Alsheimer (Tenor Sax), Mahri Bazelon (Trombone), Ryan Argauer (Trumpet), Christopher Howze (Trumpet), Nick Ferber (Trumpet), Zane Graham (Trumpet), Jessie Lala (Trumpet), Kyle Gratton (Tuba) and Daniel Maiorana (Tuba). These students have worked hard with their instrument practice and exhibit awesome attitudes. Keep up the great work.

The third annual Steven Dankos 2.5 Mile Turkey Trot will take place on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centennial Park. There is a $30 entry fee, prior to Nov. 17 ($20 for students; $10 for children under 10); after November 17, the entry fee increases $10, and there is no T-shirt guarantee.

Steven Dankos was killed in an alcohol-related accident in November 2009. In an effort to find some good in such a tragic event, the Steven Dankos Foundation was formed to educate teenagers and their parents about the dangers of underage and excessive alcohol consumption, as well as to offer assistance to teenagers who wish to help educate fellow students through programs and special events as to the dangers of underage and excessive alcohol consumption.

The foundation also offers a yearly scholarship to a River Hill High School Student, as well as offering financial assistance to junior and high school programs and events which support extra-curricular activities and alternatives to avoid underage and excessive alcohol consumption. To make a sign up for the Turkey Trot or to make a donation, go to

The Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood continues its popular Saturday Night at the Movies series this month. On Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m, the center will offer a showing of "Puss In Boots" (PG). Featuring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, this animated comedic adventure chronicles the events leading up the sword fighting cat's meeting with Shrek and his friends.

The movie will be shown in the center's movie lounge. Cost is $2 for center members and $4 for non-members. Admission includes popcorn and a drink. Preregistration is required. While there is no charge for children under 4, they must be registered. For more information or to register, call 410-313-4840.

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