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School Leo Clubs teach leadership while helping others [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

The Glenwood Lions Club sponsors Leo Clubs in Bushy Park Elementary, Glenwood and Folly Quarter middle schools. Leadership, experience and opportunity is the motto and the ideals that the students learn while they are members. This fall, the Leo Clubs have been working on many projects in service to the community.

At Folly Quarter’s club , under the direction of Patricia Watt and Shaeleen Bader, started early collecting Halloween costumes and decorations for the people who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They wanted to help other students have a fun Halloween.

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Then, before Thanksgiving, club members collected food for a traditional Thanksgiving meal for some Howard County families. Neighbor Network recommended the families and all three grades competed to collect enough food to fill the baskets. For Christmas, the Leos collected gifts and wrapped them. The club even had a pizza party for all the students who donated a gift, wrapping the gifts while everyone enjoyed the pizza. The holidays were much happier for several Howard County families thanks to the efforts of these Leo members.

At Glenwood Middle School, the students are beginning the Second Annual Leo Club Book Drive. Last year, the group donated books to Highlandtown Elementary School in Baltimore. There were so many books that each student at the school was able to take one home. Books were also given to a Howard County middle school for classroom libraries and classroom prizes. Several boxes of books were given to the Glenwood Senior Center.

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The students are hoping to collect even more books this year to donate to Highlandtown Elementary, a different middle school and the senior center. Along with the book drive, the Leo Club sponsors the Literature Lock-in at the beginning of March. Students who donate books are given a ticket to the Lock-in, according to Mary Powers, Glenwood’s club advisor.

Angie Cole, club advisor for Bushy Park Elementary School, reports that the students collected children’s hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and boots which were given to needy Howard County families for the winter. The students also run the weekly recycling program at the school and plan spirit days for fellow students. All of these young Leo members are learning important lessons about the value of service while they learn to be leaders.

In addition to supporting the Leo Clubs, the Glenwood Lions Club members have their own projects. The biggest one is the partnership with Howard County Government at the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Since the beginning of April 2017, the Lions Club has collected a total of 1,303 usable bicycles to donate to Bikes for the World. The bicycles were kept out of the landfill and sent to countries around the world to be fixed and used for transportation.

Amy Bejm Syversen, the director of bands for Dayton Oaks Elementary School has announced the band musicians of the month for January. Brandon Klopp, Kyra Tuite, Isaac Thomas, Dash Arterburn, Sean Cabaniss, Sam Yarmus, Coloton Colombel, Furqaan Rizvi, Rebecca Doyle, Max Martinez, Jenevieve Ghahhari, Grace Morris, Chloe Garcia-Zamor, Gabrielle Bergstrom, Charlie Craig and Cayden Jock are making Syversen proud. These students, along with the rest of the band, will be performing the Winter Concert on Thursday, Jan 11, at Dayton Oaks. There will be two performances on that day, one beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the second at 7 p.m.

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