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Trash becomes craft at Northfield Elementary School [Ellicott City]

There was no shortage of trash or crafts at the recent Up-Cycle Kids Craft Day, a Family Fun Committee event hosted by the Northfield Elementary School PTA.

The kids had their choice of almost 2,000 craft projects prepared by PTA volunteers. Almost all craft materials used in the projects were bound for the trash or recycling bin.

“The event is focused on kids’ creativity and them slowing down to make something. It is also centered on up-cycling and showing that there can be an event with signs drawn on the back of old calendar pages and with things not perfectly printed by a professional printing company or even on a computer. This furthers sustainability and fosters creativity,” said the event’s organizer Crissy Simpson, PTA vice president, and Family Fun and Sustainability committees chairwoman.

The Up-Cycle Kids Craft Day also served as a fundraiser for the PTA. Ticket prices were $6 per child, which included 3.5 hours of creative, green crafting, and a drink and snack.

For more information about how to conduct a similar family-fun and earth-friendly fundraiser at your school, contact Crissy Simpson at 410-404-4566 or

It’s time again for the sixth annual Crum West Virginia charity event hosted by Ellicott City resident Andrea Ciniero and her family.

From Friday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m., through Saturday, Dec. 7, between 2 and 3 p.m., the Ciniero family will collect donations to fill a 50-foot truck parked in front of their home at 4925 Ellis Lane, Ellicott City.

The community is welcome to drop off gently used clothes; furniture; household items; appliances that are in working condition; nonperishable food; and, most importantly, children’s toys.

The donations will be loaded onto the truck and transported to the West Virginia town of Crum. Please place donations in plastic bags that can be tied or boxes with tops. For more information, go to the Crum, West Virginia Charity Event Facebook page or contact Andrea Ciniero by phone at 410-788-1406 (home) or 443-745-0542 (cell).

Calling all students and parents. The first annual HoCo Math Festival will be held Dec. 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Centennial High School.

The free event, hosted by STEMulating Minds, will showcase over 30 exhibitors, including the American Statistical Association; Baltimore Blast; HCC Society of Women Engineers; National Institute of Standards and Technology; University of Maryland, Baltimore County math department; Towson University, Morgan State University; John Hopkins University; St. Mary’s College; Hood College; and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

In addition, students will be able to interact with hands-on demonstrations and noted speakers. Some of the presentations include “Statistics in Baseball,” with Adam Pohl of the Frederick Keys; “Games, Animation and Math”; and “Math Used in the Production of Time-Based Media Art.”

“STEMulatingMinds is thrilled to launch the first annual HoCo Math Festival, highlighting the diversity, richness and wonders of mathematics, and showcasing amazing career opportunities Howard County students have, right here in our geography,” said David Gertler one of the event organizers.

The festival is the only Howard County satellite event of the third annual USA Science and Engineering festival. Check out some of the event sponsors who think math is cool too: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Uno Chicago Grill and Social Solutions. For more information, go to

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