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Good reasons for pride at Folly Quarter Middle [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Thanks to the many snowy days we had this past winter, the school year was extended, and the last day of school for Howard County Public School students will be Friday, June 20. There are lots of excited students and teachers who are ready to start their summer fun.

Congratulations to Folly Quarter Middle School for the impressive accomplishments which were achieved this past school year. Folly Quarter was the only school in Howard County to be named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education this year, and was also designated the 12th Best Middle School in the United States by

On Tuesday, June 17, Superintendent Renee Foose, state Sen. Allan Kittleman, and Dels. Gail Bates and Warren Miller gathered to recognize Folly Quarter at an end of year school celebration. At the celebration two flags were raised over the school, the National Blue Ribbon flag, and the Maryland Green School flag, while the school jazz band, under the direction of Andrew Spang, entertained the crowds.

The school Parent Teacher Association celebrated the end of the school year with a party for the students and parents with food, games and music. Congratulations to the students, volunteers and staff for making the school so successful.

The next feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood will be Thursday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Mexican dinner, donated by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille, will cost $9 per person, with a maximum charge of $30 for a family. Children aged 5 and under are free. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit St. Andrew's mission to Honduras, and will go toward the work project costs. Fifteen missioners will be traveling to El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza (The Home of Love and Hope) at the end of July. For more information about the dinner, contact Lynne Quinn by email at

Now that school is out, it's time to start thinking about vacation Bible school. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will "Splash into God's Word" during the week of Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25. The games, crafts and activities will run from 9 a.m. until noon each day. The program is designed for rising kindergartners through fifth graders. Registration is $25 for the first child, and $15 for each additional, and is due before July 14. Call the church office at 410-489-4035 for more information.

Gethsemane Baptist Church on Burntwoods Road will have vacation Bible school Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, every day from 9 a.m. through noon. This year's theme is "Agency D3" and is designed for potty-trained 3-year-olds through rising fifth graders. Rising sixth grade students and students who are older may assist as Leaders in Training. For more information, call the church at 410-442-5853, or send an email to

Members of the Columbia Amateur Radio Association will be set up at Folly Quarter Middle School on the weekend of Friday, June 27, through Sunday, June 29, as part of the Amateur Radio Relay League's annual Field Day event.

On that weekend over 35,000 radio operators from around the world will set up emergency stations in their neighborhoods, and try to make as many radio contacts as possible. The goal of the event is to practice emergency communications and demonstrate emergency communications capabilities to the general public.

At least a dozen portable radio towers with cables will be set up Friday morning at Folly Quarter, and taken down Sunday afternoon, making our neighborhood part of a world-wide communication system which doesn't need cell phone towers or the internet.

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