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A 7-year-old bringing smiles to Rodgers Forge -- and the world [Rodgers Forge]

Seven-year-old Rodgers Forge resident, Isaiah Laich, held a bake sale to benefit Smile Train, which serves dental needs of children around the world, and made $53.
Seven-year-old Rodgers Forge resident, Isaiah Laich, held a bake sale to benefit Smile Train, which serves dental needs of children around the world, and made $53. (Submitted photo)

Isaiah Laich, Dunkirk Road, wanted to raise money for Smile Train. Smile Train doesn't just fix cleft palates for underprivileged children in foreign countries, they also train doctors in those countries so that they can continue to help the children within their communities long after Smile Train has moved on.

Isaiah, who attends Stoneleigh Elementary School, had an idea about what he could do to help this organization and these children. A delicious idea, in fact. A bake sale. So on Sunday, Sept. 28, his parents, Scott Laich and Sarah Van Tiem, gave him a choice: Go to the pet store and pick out a friend for his guinea pig or hold a bake sale to raise money for Smile Train. Isaiah insisted on the bake sale. His parents baked some goodies and Isaiah made some signs. And for two hours, 7-year-old Isaiah — he's only 7! —pounded the pavement carrying his little sign, peddling his homemade goodness to neighbors and friends — and he raised $53! That's really impressive (although not shocking since both of his parents are very good bakers).

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Rodgers Forge Elementary School is in its first year as a Lighthouse school. The 10 Lighthouse schools in the county have received tablet computers for each student to supplement and enhance teacher instruction and create a blended and digitized learning environment. In other words, each student (for this school year it includes grades one to three) gets the tablet to complement traditional classroom learning in an active and engaging way. Wondering what the students think of the program? You can follow Tess Lankford, third-grader at RFES, as she chronicles her journey as a student in a Lighthouse school. Read about her experiences using this new technology by visiting the Baltimore County Public School Lighthouse website and checking out the Journeys page.

Did you know that today, Oct. 8, is International Walk to School Day? The Walking School Bus rolls again through the streets of Rodgers Forge starting today and every Wednesday. Walking school buses are groups of children who walk designated routes to RFES under adult supervision, picking up kids along the way — just like a bus. It reduces traffic congestion around the school and visibly encourages motorists to walk their children to school instead of driving. Inspired by Dunkirk Road resident Will Morton's love of wholesome exercise, community building and good-natured fun, the Walking School Bus departs each route at 8:30 a.m. and arrives safely at school doors by 8:45 a.m. Will is always looking for a few volunteers who are willing to take turns once or twice a month in "driving" the buses. For more information, send an e-mail to rodgersforgebus@gmail.com.

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The RFES Ice Cream Social on Friday, Sept. 19, was a blast, but the most notable event of the evening was by far the sold-out-in-two-days Cake Walk sponsored by all of the RFES Teachers. The teachers raised $1,000, which they donated to the RFES PTA. Great job!

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