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Bushy Park kids wearing out some shoe leather [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Bushy Park Elementary School has proudly released the results from its Walking Wednesday program for the past year. Every Wednesday, when the weather was good, some of the students walked laps around a playing field at recess. Parent volunteers counted the laps, and this year the grand total was 12,005 laps, or almost 2,400 miles that the students walked all together.

The Golden Sneaker Award for the grade that walked the most laps was presented to the third graders. The same class received the Golden Sneaker Award last year when they were second graders. They really like to walk, having tallied 3,588 laps or about 717 miles this year. The fourth grade class walked 3,101 laps, second graders walked 2,328 laps, first graders walked 1,218 laps, kindergarteners walked 940 laps, and the fifth graders walked 830 laps.

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The Silver Sneaker Award, for the grade with the highest percentage of participants, was presented to the Kindergarten class, with 100 percent participation. Every member of the class walked at least one lap during the year.

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who spent many hours counting laps and helping the students at Bushy Park learn healthy habits. A special thank you goes to Pam Williams and Anna Clickner for their dedication to the Walking Wednesday program. They have given countless hours to make sure that the students can participate in this fun and healthy program.

Every Saturday from now until the end of October there will be a farmers market in the Gary Arthur Community Center and Glenwood Library Parking Lot from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Glenwood Community Farmers Market will offer farm fresh local produce, baked goods, locally raised beef, pork and chicken, cheese, multi-colored eggs, flowers, honey and delicious pickles.

Make sure you get there early. Many items sell out each week. Occasionally the market will even host local artisans. This is the place to buy everything you need for preparing great meals, and catch up with your neighbors at the same time.

One year ago, Glenelg High School guidance counselor Rodney Williams was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to school. Last month two large trees were planted in front of the school in his honor. Thanks to Bob Haney and Town Creek Landscaping for the beautiful memorial to Williams.

Congratulations to rising Glenelg junior Claudia Carman, who won honorable mention in the Jack L. Chalker High School Short Story Contest. This contest, sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, is open to all Maryland high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. Claudia's short story was called "Hello, Home".

She and her family attended Balticon 2015, the Baltimore Science Fiction Convention in Hunt Valley, where she received her prize. Claudia, a member of the Glenelg Writer's Circle and Book Club, is off to a great start as a writer.

Vacation Bible School at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood will be held Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. This year's theme is "Hearing God's Call," and the program is designed for rising kindergartners through fifth graders. Registration will cost $35 for the first family member and $15 for each additional child. Go to standrews.episcopalmaryland.org/ to register, or call the church office at 410-489-4035 before July 14.

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