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Volunteers sought for spring carnival

Fourth grade students in Kelly Heskett’s class are: Natasha Brown as Harriet Tubman, Miriam Mgbaja as Rosa Parks, Kayode Ogunlegan as Frederick Douglas, David Curry as Benjamin Banneker, and Bailey Batte and Bilaal Rufai as George Washington Carver.
Fourth grade students in Kelly Heskett’s class are: Natasha Brown as Harriet Tubman, Miriam Mgbaja as Rosa Parks, Kayode Ogunlegan as Frederick Douglas, David Curry as Benjamin Banneker, and Bailey Batte and Bilaal Rufai as George Washington Carver. (Courtesy photo / Chris Folks)

As we turn the page on the calendar to the month of March, we can finally anticipate spring. Though March is coming in as a lion, we hope that it will go out as a lamb.

As for me, I can’t wait to get outside to work in the yard and take walks around the neighborhood and catch up with the neighbors.

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There are lots of special events coming up for spring.

Bond Mill Elementary is already gearing up for its PTO Spring Carnival taking place on Saturday, May 18. The entire community is invited to join in the fun.

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Enjoy classic carnival games and rides, the famous Bond Mill cake walk, silent auction, moon bounce dunk tank, face painting and so much more. The Bond Mill Carnival is a West Laurel tradition. There is no charge for admission. Tickets for rides and games are sold to the public onsite the day of the carnival. Food and drinks are also sold on the premises.

It may seem a bit early for this announcement but the planning is a well-oiled machine after so many years. However, it takes many dedicated volunteers and sponsors to pull it off. Therefore, Bond Mill Parent Teacher Organization needs the support of the community.

They are looking for sponsors and businesses to donate items for the silent auction, sponsor a station at the carnival and other miscellaneous needs. All proceeds from the carnival go directly back to Bond Mill Elementary to benefit the students’ educational experience with technology, books, fabulous cultural arts programs and supplies just to name a few. If you would like to help, please contact Vanessa van der Have at nessvdh@gmail.com , go to the Bond Mill website bondmillpto.org or stop by the school office.

Bond Mill Elementary celebrated Black History Month. One of the many projects during the month involved all four fourth-grade classes selecting prominent African American characters to research and then present in costume to their teachers and classmates. The students learned a lot through this exercise.

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Savannah Jackson, a teacher, dressed up as Sojourner Truth. Sheshared her information about the woman who was born a slave in New York and who was an abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. It was i a very educational and interesting month of Black History.

For years, our friend and neighbor David Strahle, who is in his 90s, took care of the landscaping and mowing at the entrance of the community around the West Laurel sign. Strahle and his lovely wife moved recently and our community just wanted to say thank you so very much for the years of service. Strahl received the West Laurel Civic Association Good Neighbor Award in 2015. He will be missed.

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