Fifth-graders put on a show to pay for farewell celebration [Towson]
By Rus Van Westervelt and Rusvw13@gmail.com
Jun 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM
Parents, teachers, administrators, and fifth-grade students at Pleasant Plains Elementary worked together for a talent show on May 29 that raised over $800 for end-of-year activities that include a picnic and farewell ceremony.
The inaugural fundraising event, aptly titled "Pleasant Plains Has Talent Fifth Graders Take the Stage," was the brainchild of Jenn Lowther, mother of Will Lowther, who performed comedy for the cabaret-style talent show.
Kate Hagen, mother of Jenna Hagen, who danced in the show, organized the 15 talent acts that included contemporary dance, vocals, comedy, karate, jazz dance, acrobatics, and drumming. Sarah Haff, fifth-grade teacher at Pleasant Plains, shared the emcee responsibilities with former student Cal Hagen, who is now in the eighth grade at Loch Raven Technical Academy.
Students who did not wish to perform served as hosts and hostesses, bringing food and drinks to guests at each table.
In addition to the on-stage performances, students displayed their artwork, along with art teacher Ann Vaulentis and parent and artist Will Williams. Steve Lowther, parent and professional photographer, set up a photo booth for performers and guests.
The show closed with an a capella performance of "There's a Place for Us" sung by school principal Maureen Partilla.
Kristin Mear, parent volunteer, said, "It was important to the fifth grade parents who planned this to bring the class together one last time and in a manner that celebrated who these students are outside of school."
Congratulations to these fifth graders for ending their elementary years in such a celebratory way!
One of the best-kept secrets in the area is the Historical Society of Baltimore County, located in Cockeysville, run by many Towson-area residents who dedicate so much of their time collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich history of Baltimore County for the "education and enjoyment of present and future generations," according to their website.
About 45 volunteer and board members work in the old Almshouse built in 1872.
John McGrain, of Towson, has been an incredible resource, volunteer, and board member. He is joined by Tim Dugan, of Towson, a regular volunteer at the society and former board member, as well as Sally Riley, of Timonium, Dr. Bud Cornell, of Lutherville, and Ginny Deardorff, of Towson, who are regular volunteers at the society.
Dale L. Kirchner, of Towson, is the vice president of the board and a regular volunteer. Tom Graf, of Lutherville, is the board president. He is also a local precinct election judge.