Christine Davenport has been named "Mother of the Year" by the Glen Burnie Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. She was chosen unanimously for her contributions to her family and her service as a role modelfor other mothers and their children.
Jack and Jill brings together black families. Through social and educational programs, they workto enrich their children's lives and aid in their pursuit of academic excellence.
"Where school stops," said Davenport, "that's where Jack and Jillstarts."
A teacher for gifted and talented students at McArthur Middle School, Davenport founded the Glen Burnie chapter two years ago. The chapter includes 16 active families with more than 40 children.
Although monthly meetings are limited to members only, the organization sponsors events that are open to all children in the community.
"We've taken the children to the Inner Harbor, to different art and science museums and to a dinner theater. Last Easter we took themto Washington, D.C. to the egg hunt and they saw President Bush," Davenport said.
When her husband Fred passed away in November, Davenport was able to lean on her friends at Jack and Jill to get through the difficult period. She stills depends on the group to help with her two children, Fred, 15, and Ashleigh Nicole, 5.
"Jack and Jill is a climbing ladder," she said, "and they are all there to help us upthe stairs one rung at a time with a support system. Moms are there.Dads are there. Kids are there. My children have not one sister, they have 15. Not one brother, but 15."
Davenport will be honored at the national Jack and Jill convention in Boston later this month.
I know it's still summer and I know that if you turn on Home Team Sports you can still catch the O's, but try telling that to football people. According to them, there is preseason, football season, andgetting-ready-for-preseason.
The Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels aregearing up for the fall kickoff with a Football Clinic 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at their practice field behind Cromwell Elementary School.
Baltimore Colt legend Tom Matte will be a guest speaker at thecamp, talking about football when it was played by the likes of Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan.
Curtis Ash, another former Colt and a familiar face to youth sports in this county, also is scheduled to participate.
High school coaches Chuck Markiewicz of North County, Dave Rigot of Glen Burnie and Bill Nagal of Southern will be sharing gridiron pointers.
The clinic is open to all football players, youthsports and high school level, throughout the area. There is a $25 registration fee, and the first 75 paid registrations will receive a football jersey.
Youth ages 7 to 15 will be invited to register for the upcoming football season for the Rebels. The Rebels will field teams in the 75-pound, 95-pound, 115-pound and 135-pound weight classes. Registration is $35 for one child, $10 for each additional. For information on the clinic or the regular season, call Erin Harrison at 760- 7527.
Members of the Point Pleasant-Shoreland ImprovementAssociation are invited to the July membership meeting 7:30 p.m.
Thursday in the hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 FurnaceAve.
Association President Jim Linton will chair the meeting. On the agenda is final approval of a sign for the community.
New members are always welcome at the meetings. Annual dues are $5 per family.
They'll be singing in the halls of Glen Burnie Baptist Church next week when the music day camp begins rehearsal for "The Troubbable of Zetubbabel." Alida Lamb will direct the musical.
A workshop is scheduled 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15-19. Registration costs $10 and is open to children who will be starting second through seventh grades in September and who enjoy singing.
Campers will study scripture, make arts and crafts and rehearse for the musical concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21.
For registration information, call the church office at 766-2588.
Fifth-graders Won Hui Lee and Jennifer Ellison were selected by their teachers at Richard Henry LeeElementary School as outstanding recipients of the Presidential Academic Fitness Award.
An additional 21 fifth-grade students were honored for their academic achievements with the award. Each student hadto maintain a B+ average in both fourth and fifth grades.
The students were presented with a certificate, a pin and a letter from President Bush. They are: Alice Haines, Laura Moody, Christine Blewett, Daniel Delorenzo, Staci McConigal, Sheonna Gibson, Jessica Keating, Stephanie Lima, John Stumpf IV, Julie Burchfield, Regina Hildt, Sarah Bjork, Sandra Cunningham, Edward Hildebrand, Janice Custodio, Melissa Jordan, Kristina Klima, Brandee Stout, Janice Penalver, Carrie Wagnerand Tracy Vandervort.
The Glen Burnie Jaycees will host the 1991 Summer Board weekend Aug. 9-11 at the Holiday Inn BWI Airport. All Maryland Jaycees are invited to attend.
The weekend's activities include a casino night Friday -- with proceeds benefiting the JohnsHopkins Children Center -- a picnic and a dinner dance featuring themusic of recording artist Tom Principato.
A continental breakfastwill be served at the board of director's meeting Sunday.
SpecialJaycees rates are available at the hotel through July 25 only. Reservations: 859-8400.
The cost of the weekend's activities is $59 forthe full package, including the casino, picnic, dinner dance and meetings; $49 for the casino, dinner-dance and meetings; $39 for the casino, picnic and meetings; $25 for the casino, dance and meetings or $20 for the casino and meetings.
For registration information, callMark Potter at 553-0660.