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Pot Spring student's invention installed at school [Lutherville-Timonium]

Noah Unger, a fifth-grade student at Pot Spring Elementary in Timonium came up with a novel idea for the start of the school year. Noah has come up with the idea of a Buddy Bench, a place where a student can sit during recess to signal they want to join an activity. As Noah explained, "If someone is left out, they sit on the Buddy Bench and someone knows to welcome them into a game or talk. The school is taking it pretty seriously." In mid-September, Pot Spring Elementary proudly installed a Buddy Bench on each of the two playgrounds. Noah hopes that the bench will make students more comfortable and initiate new friendships this school year. Noah also reminds us to "Be a buddy, not a bully!"

Two Lutherville residents, Leslie Fowler and her daughter, Jamie Papas, continue to bring the performing arts to local students for school field trips. Arts on Stage, a nonprofit organization, is gearing up for its 500th show on Nov. 11 at Goucher College. This mother/daughter duo have been working together for 10 years and are excited to celebrate this milestone with a musical performance, by Vocal Trash. Jamie described the show as a cross between the shows, Glee and Stomp, with a recycling theme.

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Arts on Stage was founded by Leslie Fowler, as an offshoot of her prior work with Enrichment Through the Arts in New York and the Feingold Association. The organization is responsible for scouting and booking professional touring groups which send positive messages to young children. To date, they have presented shows to over 800,000 students. While their target audience is school children, performances are open to the public.

This upcoming theater season, Arts on Stage is also presenting incredible shows such as ArcAttack, a group seen on America's Got Talent, as well as the renowned Peking Chinese Acrobats, both at Goucher. On Nov. 14, Arts on Stage is hosting the popular Mahoney Brothers, a Beatles tribute band, in a show aimed toward adults, entitled Long Live the Beatles. The evening performance will take place at Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium. Jamie and Leslie highly recommend that the preschool set check out the show, Dog Loves Books this March as every school that attends the show will receive a copy of the book for their library, donated by The Children's Bookstore of Roland Park. Our community is fortunate to have this dedicated team exposing our children to national, high quality talent! Check them out at ArtsOnStage.org.

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