Highland/Fulton: Hammond Elementary PTA's basket bingo was a huge success

A few weeks back, the Hammond Elementary School PTA sponsored its second annual basket bingo. Denise Simmerly, a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish of Fulton, was kind enough to fill in the details no the hugely successful event.

"It was overwhelming to see the amount of community support given to our event. Everyone seemed to have a great time and were thrilled to see all the gift prizes, door prizes and raffle prizes that were available, thanks to the (local) community businesses and the families who donated to our event," PTA member Lisa Takeuchi said.

Because of the generosity of the parents and the local business community, 15 large gift baskets were filled with all sorts of goodies. There were five baskets that were raffled off along with several door prizes and separate prizes for the children.

The following businesses were kind enough to donate goods and services: American Academy of Martial Arts, Bra-La-La, Brooklyn Park Dental, JPs Kake Korner, D & S Karate, Hunan House, Kelsey's Kloset, Kloby's Smokehouse, Kumon, La Palapa Too, Liquid Denim, Looney's Pub, Lucero's, Maryland Suburban Swim Club, Pearl Spa, Pepperjacks, Pura Vida, Sidamo Coffee and Tea, Simply Divine and SmileWell Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Remember to support these (and the other) local businesses for they are the backbone of our communities.

Each year, the Howard County Bird Club sponsors an art contest for Howard County children ages 9-13. The drawing must be of a bird that can be found in Maryland, no larger than 11-by-14 inches and can be of any medium including graphite, oils, acrylics and pastels.

The first-place prize is a backpack containing a pair of Eagle Optics binoculars and a birding field guide along with a one-year membership in the Howard County Bird Club. Not too shabby. Past winners are not eligible. The deadline for submission is May 31. For more information, go to the club's website at http://www.howardbirds.org.

Don't forget about the Fat Tuesday pancake supper at Emmanuel United Methodist Church at 10755 Scaggsville Road, in Laurel. It takes place Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is: $6 per adult, $4 for ages 12 and younger and those younger than 5 can eat for free.

This event is a fundraiser for the youth mission team and the proceeds will be used for an upcoming mission trip to the Bahamas. For more information, call Donna Meoli, director of spiritual formation and youth ministry at 301-725-5200 or email her at eumcyouth@comcast.net.

The following Fulton Elementary School students are "Fabulous Readers" for the month of January: The fifth-graders are: Sydney Sweeney, Thomas Keehn, Zoe Filke, Jessica Zinderman, John Kennedy and Kelly Rothermel. The fourth-graders are: Darryl Suber, Darren McGowan, George Lee and Abby Bond. The third-graders are: Cameron Gates, Anjeli Menon, Ingrette Wang and Sabrina Ventoso. The second-graders are: Tina Hoyson, Camille Williams, Aya McGee, Faith Pope and Brooklyn Greene. The first-graders are: Chris Eaton, Emma Gouker, Devan Patel and Rayhan Zirv. Finally, the kindergartners are: Anita Bottner, Haley Ko, Angel Wang, Ryan Steveson and Katie Weiber.

The Lime Kiln Middle School students of the week for the week ending Jan. 27 were: Adelina Consoli, Dominic Totaro, Zack Wasilewski, Elizabeth Okoro, Hannah Stanton and Matthew Meissner. And the students of the week for the week ending February 3 are: Kelly Simons, Shea Collins, Leah Simmons, Daniel Merkowitz-Bustos, Ty Teodori, Deja McKnight and Dominic Cinotti.

The 2012 Spelling Bee at Lime Kiln Middle School was very exciting. For nine rounds, the 35 student contestants correctly spelled difficult words such as "weasel," "miscible," "fronds" and "twinkly." Ultimately it came down to two spellers, eighth-graders Madison Trice and Kelly Becker.

Three more exciting rounds followed until the word "miscellaneous" tripped up Kelly, the school runner-up. Madison correctly spelled "mosaic" and then the championship word "erroneous" to clinch the title of top speller in the 12th round. Madison will represent Lime Kiln at the county-wide bee March 9 at Reservoir High School.

Keep some time open on the afternoon of March 11. That's when the 31st annual Italian Dinner, sponsored by the youth ministry at St. Louis Catholic Church, in Clarksville, takes place. More information will follow as we get closer to the day.

Have a wonderful President's Day (celebrated this year on Feb. 20). Officially designated as Washington's Birthday (Feb. 22), this holiday was the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, namely George Washington.

Well, that's all for this week. Commit a random act of kindness. Look in on your neighbors. Say a prayer for our troops who remain in harm's way and remember their families, too.

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