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At Laurel Woods, healthier kids is Kelly Miller's mission [North Laurel/Savage]

North Laurel resident Kelly Miller really cares about the health of our kids. For three years she has been the Wellness Chair at Laurel Woods and has brought several programs to Laurel Woods Elementary Schools to show kids being healthy can be fun.

Kelly has gotten grant money aimed at helping children have fun while learning healthy habits. She created an after-school program that introduces students to fun exercises and how to make healthy food choices. Kids are learning to read food labels and care about what is in food.

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The classes were aimed at the lower grades and now those students want the program in every grade. She also established a chapter of Girls on the Run. Kelly does this to help students have better lives and for all she does, she has been named one of 12 National Healthy School Hero award winners by Action for Healthy Kids.

Even more important is the impact Kelly has made on our community and with our kids. I know everyone at Laurel Woods is proud of her. To learn more about Kelly and what she has done, check out http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/what-we-do/success-stories/healthy-school-heroes.

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The Savage Historical Society will meet on Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. The topic this month will be, How Savage's Street Names Came About. This is free to the public. President Galen Menne will be presenting. The meeting will be at the F&M Center, 9032 Baltimore St.

Fulton Elementary is holding a Turkey Trot for the students on Nov. 24 and 25. Classes will take turns running a course at school. They will also be running a food drive for LARS, Nov. 5 through 25. Kids will get points for the food they bring in plus random points when they finish the race. The class with the most point wins a party at Pump It Up.

The Diamond Scholars from Hammond High are holding several drives through Nov. 21. They are collecting blankets, comforters, throws, sleeping bags, feminine products, winter coats, hats, ear muffs and gloves. Items can be dropped off at the school. They are hosting their annual Indoor Flea Market on Dec. 13. Tables can be rented based on size from $15 to $45. For more information contact, raymona_reid@hcpss.org.

The North Laurel Community Center will host Tinsel and Treasures: Gifts, Crafts and Home Fair on Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brick Nation will host a Lego event on Nov. 15 and 16 at the center, 10:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. All proceeds will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $7, kids 3 and under are free. The center is at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road.

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Sign up now with the 50+ Center. Learn a new art form with a Zentangle Demo on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 21 will be an Art Workshop on Glass Bead Necklaces starting at 9:30 a.m. $7 covers all materials. Register for the programs by calling 410-313-0380.

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