Congratulations to Calvert Hall College High School senior Zachary Rowe, who this month hosted a free, one-day baseball camp for youngsters from Baltimore City.

About 20 boys, ages 12 to 14, from the Baltimore-based James Mosher League's youth program, turned out for an afternoon packed with baseball fun. After a lunch, the campers rotated through stations teaching various skills — hitting, outfield play, infield play and base running — followed by an instructional pitching demonstration.


Then they split into teams and scrimmaged. Campers were sent home with a snack of muffins, granola bars and oranges.

"The goal of the camp was to promote good sportsmanship, on and off the field, through the game of baseball, and to give attendees an opportunity to develop as baseball players," Rowe said.

The camp, called The Cardinal Project, was Rowe's independent project — a requirement of all McMullen Scholar seniors at the school. He partnered with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and recruited eight of Calvert Hall's baseball team players, four coaches, some other faculty and his family to help.

Rowe is a member of the school's varsity baseball team, a McMullen scholar, a peer minister, ambassador and president of the Italian Club, and participated in a service immersion trip to Montana to work with kids on an Indian reservation.

He said, "working on this camp has allowed me to apply what I've learned about service at Calvert Hall and to be able to give back through … baseball."

Meaghan Tracey, campus minister at the school, said, "Zach's experiences in Montana and other service projects ... inspired him to create a project that will provide younger students from the community a free baseball camp experience with current MIAA championship coaches and players."

Science is coming alive for students at Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary.

Recently, in both schools, second-graders traveled to the Susquehanna River to ride on the Skipjack Martha to study and learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the importance of submerged aquatic vegetation to the health of the bay. Using a tool known as a secchi disk, they determined the turbidity of the river.

Third-graders will have the opportunity to visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, whose mission is to save the bay. They will visit the foundation's Philip Merrill Center, a model of "green" architecture that has earned a platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

In addition, fifth-grade students will participate in the Arthur Sherwood Study Center program sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in which they travel in canoes to explore the water and ecosystem.

Susie Peeling, resource teacher, said both schools thank the Chesapeake Bay Trust for funding these hands-on authentic experiences that promote green initiatives and environmental sustainability.

Little ghouls, goblins and witches can strut their stuff at the annual Halloween costume parade at Pleasant Plains Elementary School, 8300 Pleasant Plains Road, on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The event, open to youngsters ages 14 and younger, is sponsored by the Loch Raven Optimists Club, the Greater Loch Raven Recreation Council, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Association of Loch Raven Village.

Don Buschman, council president of Loch Raven Recreation Council, said they have sponsored the parade at various sites for more than 40 years.

Prizes will be given for best costumes and all kids in costume will get a goody bag.


Happy birthday to Carlos Vides, who turns 18 on Oct. 26; and Jacob Van Essen, who turns 11 on Halloween!

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