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West Towson Elementary School held a healthy food tasting event for students on Nov. 11. The "Food for Thought Taste Off" was made possible with a generous donation of food and time by ShopRite, of Timonium. The event was a fun and engaging way to introduce children to healthy fruits and vegetables — some common and some more exotic. With the help of parent volunteers, the children rotated through eight tasting stations with a punch card to track each item they tasted.

ShopRite dietitian Liz D'Alto spent the day at West Towson welcoming each class in shifts as they were offered eight foods to taste: prickly pears, pomegranate, cauliflower, dates, jicama, sundried tomatoes, black beans, and yellow peppers. At the end, the students placed stickers on charts to vote for their favorite and least favorite foods sampled. Upon approaching one of the tables, first-grader Kavyaa L. said, "Cauliflower! Ooh, my mom will be so happy." After taking a bite, she excitedly declared, "I love it!"

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Maybe "picky eaters" aren't as picky as we think. Of the 493 students who participated, 444 tried every item offered. Five out of 21 classes earned a bonus recess as their reward for 100 percent class participation. What were the biggest hits and misses? The yellow peppers were deemed the students' favorite food of the day, and the sundried tomatoes were voted the least favorite.

Cub Scout Pack 352 has been busy spreading the spirit of the season. Anneslie resident Jim Cline reports that the boys have committed to giving back to the community and helping neighbors in need. On Nov. 14, Stoneleigh Elementary third-graders Evan Cline, Zaid Kassas, Max Wischhusen, Benjamin Reuschling, and Andreas Chrysanthou raked and bagged leaves for a dear neighbor who has lost her husband, son, and daughter in this very difficult year. The scouts and assorted family members also did yardwork for a favorite crossing guard who has been recovering from surgery. Other end-of-year outreach efforts for Pack 352 include making lunches for the local food pantry and sharing holiday cheer with the residents of Brightview Retirement Community. Keep up the good work and goodwill, boys.

Towson traffic is thicker than ever, and it seems there's always someone who needs reminding of the rules on the road. The office of Councilman David Marks notes that in an effort to further promote safety for students, The State Highway Administration will soon install new signage along York Road between Yorkleigh Road and Yarmouth Road to alert motorists about the school bus stop at this location. The "Stop for School Bus signs" will remind motorists of the state law requiring them to stop when red lights are flashing on school buses.

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