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Fulton spans the globe on International Night [North Laurel/Savage]

A few weeks ago the students, staff and families at Fulton Elementary celebrated the cultural diversity at their school. The International Night was a huge success thanks to so many volunteers and families.

Principal Sharon Lewandowski, Assistant Principals Tanisha Burks and Molly Caroland, staff members Susan McPherson and Kate DeBlasis worked with the PTA and International Night chairpersons, Deka Nur and Sara Tewolde, to plan and execute a wonderful event.

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Almost 20 countries were represented with food, dances, traditional dress and various displays.

China was represented by Anna Tzeng. The Munongo family, Jennah, Kamillah and Antony, represented the Democratic Republic of Congo. The following students displayed Ethiopia and Eritrea: Mery Darge, Hilina Astatke, Lucas Makonnen, Helina Nephalem, Taby Darge, Josef Finn, Kemi and Titilayo Jaji, Mathias Makonnen, Sirak Nephtalem and Lulna Ghirmai.

Lime Kiln students who worked with this group include: Meron Nephtalem, Bailul Ghirmai, Amir Edris and Jalen Finn. Gregory Derek Rhoden embodied the USA while Jonathan Morgan represented Guatemala. Greece was characterized by Alyssandra and Anastasia Cullum and Aurelia Babowiec demonstrated El Salvador. Turkey was represented by Charlotte Akin and Pakistan by Mohsin Shah. Many students shared the culture of India. They include: Shivesh Chopra, Shivani Shreyas, Nihal Mahajan, Anjali and Arian Sheth, Veer Arnav, Kashvi Mehta, Kavya Zaveri, Harshvi and Radhika Shah, Syra and Astha Patel, Sameeha Matin, Urvi Jai, Ishi and Veer Duvedi, Arnav Suthrave, Aleena Jhanvi, Sanaa Wadhawan, Saahithi, Elina, Sahana and Ria. Riley and Colin Fitzpatrick shared their knowledge of Ireland. Korea was represented by Jacob Kwon, Matthew Ulrich, Alec Sun, Ryan Rhee, Arnav and Riddhi Mittal, Sean Kwak, Jimin Choi and Joel and Vivian Park. Nigeria’s culture was shared by Chidi Oti, Chidi Onwuanibe, Jacob, Orin, Olanna and Ozinna. Ashlyn Maria Akins represented the Phillippines and Sierra Leone was represented by Almira Koroma and Maurice and Alia Jeter. Somalia was represented by Farah Monroe and Alexander and Zachary Lee. Kevin and Ava Applewhite were proud to share the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Jalen Bennett represented the dual island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It was quite an educational experience for everyone.

The cold, snowy weather of a week ago makes it hard to imagine that beautiful gardens will soon grow in our yards. But we will want to be ready when the pests and weeds invade those spaces. Plan to participate in the program “Know your Enemy: Strategies for Dealing with Weeds and Insect Pests in the Vegetable Garden” to be held at the Savage Branch on Durness Lane in Laurel on Wednesday, April 4, starting at 7 p.m. Master Gardener Susan Levi-Goerlich will lead this fun and information-packed talk. She will discuss 11 different insect pests and 22 weeds that frequently show up in vegetable gardens. Strategies and solutions for dealing with these invaders organically will be shared. Who knew there were 22 different varieties of weeds? Registration for the presentation is through the Savage Branch online at hclibrary.org or by calling the library at 410-313-0760.

A Spring and Summer Clothing Giveaway is planned for Saturday, April 14, from 9 until 10:30 a.m. at the North Laurel Community Center. Clothes for ages infant through adult will be available. If you would like more information about this event you can call 410-313-0220 or go to mscinfo@howardcountymd.gov. Scroll to the middle of the page and click on the link titled More Information under Clothing Giveaway.

Do you remember the song “Into the Night” from 1980? Benny Mardones, who grew up in Savage, made the song famous. On Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m., Kathy Hackley Shubert will present “A Savage Legend: Benny Mardones” at the Savage Historical Society meeting. It is free and open to the public at the F & M Center on Baltimore Street in Savage. Visitors should enter off of Foundry Street. Call 301-725-1241 or 301-805-0891 if you would like more information.

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