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Bushy Bear Dash proves to be 'wicked cool' [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Bushy Park Elementary School celebrated the fourth annual Bushy Bear Dash with a "Wicked Cool Spooktacular" in October. Students ran laps around the field, played fun Halloween-themed games like Spider and Witch Hat Ring Toss and navigated a hay bale obstacle course.

Adler Entertainment played music all day to keep the students energized, and the school mascot, Buddy the Bushy Park Bear, ran laps and danced with the students.

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This exciting fundraiser was also very successful. Principal Edward Cosentino agreed to ride on a fire truck with Buddy if the children reached the fundraising goal, which they surpassed. As a result, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, the students and teachers enjoyed watching Principal Cosentino and Buddy arrive at the school in style aboard a truck from the Glenwood station.

There was close competition between the grades and classes for total donations. After all of the donations were counted, there was a one dollar difference between the top two grades for the highest total grade donation. Since both grades did so well, both received rewards. The third grade students were awarded a free homework pass, and the kindergarten students received an extended recess.

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All of the money raised will stay at Bushy Park, helping to support cultural arts programs, the artist-in-residence program, provide classroom reading materials, and support for teachers. The money also funds events like the Fall Fest, Bingo Night, Spring Fling and Ice Cream Social.

Danielle Carney and Gina Lease, who planned the Spooktacular, want to thank all of the parents who came out to volunteer and cheer for the students. The Bushy Bear Dash was a resounding success thanks to the volunteers and the donations from community businesses. Financial contributions were provided by Lowe Financial Services, North Star Wealth Management, Bob Lucido Realtor and Hubbard Tax and Accounting Services. Rita's Italian Ice of Mt. Airy donated vouchers for each student for a free Italian ice. Raffle prizes for students and teachers were donated by Sharp's Farm, Mullinix Farm Corn Maze, Black Belt Institute Tae Kwon Do, Mt. Airy Bowling, Pinot's Palette, Extreme Fun and Fit Boot Camp and White Oak Tavern.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood will not have a community feast in November or December because Thanksgiving and Christmas both fall on the last Thursday of the month, which is the usual day for the feast. The next feast will be Thursday, Jan. 22.

The Glenelg Marching Unit is currently taking orders for their December Fruit Sale. Ruby red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, tangerines and mandarins will be available this month. The deadline for orders is Tuesday, Nov. 25. Fruit will be available for pick-up at Glenelg High School on Saturday, Dec. 13, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Help support the Marching Unit by purchasing this delicious fresh fruit. For more information, and to get the order form, go to http://www.glenelgbands.com. If you have any questions call Dianne Kvech at 410-489-2951 or Meredith Haussler at 410-442-0263 or email fruitsales@glenelgbands.com. Citrus fruit makes a great holiday gift for friends and family

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Don't miss a wonderful opportunity to start your holiday shopping with two local bazaars. The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church on Friday, Nov. 21, from 11a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and the Bazaar of the Churches will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Lisbon Fire Hall.

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