Jacobsville Elementary will celebrate Black History Month with two presentations by storyteller Alice McGill this morning.
At 8:50 a.m., students in kindergarten through second grade will hear "Songs andTales of African-American and American Folklore."
"Ms. McGill will introduce many traditional songs, stories and chants that are deeply rooted in the history of black Americans both before and after the Civil War," said Jane Reidy, PTA spokesman.
At 9:50 a.m., grades three to five will observe McGill's transformation into 83-year-old Sojourner Truth, a former slave who without formal schooling became one of the most influential voices in the 19th century.
Based on Truth's own narrative about slavery, women's rights and freedom, "Sojourner Truth Speaks brings substance and life to the struggles and dreams of this historic black American woman," Reidy said.
McGill, a native of Scotland Neck, N.C., resides in Columbia. Aformer teacher, she has toured throughout the states, Canada and theCaribbean, honing her gift for storytelling and performing.
Parents and friends of Jacobsville can attend this PTA-sponsored cultural arts event.
Northeast PTSA Caring & Sharing committee is seeking donations of Easter candy and non-perishable food items to be given to local families adopted by the group last year.
"Our students' enthusiasm for sharing the little things with our adopted families has not stopped," said Carlene Heilman, PTSA spokesman. "With help from our neighbors and the school community, we can make this Easter special for those still in need."
For details, call 437-6400.
Chesapeake High School will have a meeting for eighth-grade parentsat 7 p.m. Monday in the school auditorium.
Counselor Edie Picken said the program will include an overview of course selections, vo-tech options and new state graduation requirements, and a question-and-answer period.
"Chesapeake administrators and counselors will be on hand that evening to help clear up any questions parents may have about their student's choice of courses here," Picken said. "Over the past few days, we have talked with students at Chesapeake Bay Middle and have distributed all necessary registration materials for next year; parents can bring those materials with them to Monday's meeting."
Parents who have not received registration materials should checkwith their students first before contacting counselors.
A Mission Festival, expressing the outreach program at Pasadena United Methodist Church will be celebrated this Sunday, at the church, 61 Ritchie Highway.
Spokesman Sara Titus said that Phillip W. Tawes Jr. will speak at the 11 a.m. worship service about Christians in Japan.
"After our service we will have a delicious covered-dish luncheon featuring Japanese cuisine," she said.
Donna Dziuban of Pasadena will share arts, crafts and games of Japan that she learned while living there with her family.
Craft items from New Windsor will be on display and available to purchase. The festival is open to the public.Call the church at 647-3090 for more details.
The Student Literacy Corps at Chesapeake Bay Middle School is getting ready to kickoff its third annual Read-A-Thon. Over the next few weeks, students will be registering, getting sponsors and then reading.
During lunch periods next week, students can register for a 25-cent fee to be included in Read-A-Thon activities.
The following week, March 2-8, participating teens will seek pledges from family, friends and neighbors.
Reading sessions will take place during March 10, 11 and 12 club periods with after-school sessions planned for March 11 and 12.
The final day of the event, March 13, will feature a two-hour read-in session to be followed by a free pizza party and awards celebration.
Money collected by "read-a-thoners," due back to school by March 19, will be used to buy books for the school's media centers.
Saturday's a busy day down at Downs Park.
At 10 a.m. Ranger Dave DeVault will lead the first-ever group hike for Downs Park Walking Club members.
"Our walking club is normally a self-paced program but we thought that maybe some club members would like company, so we came up with this group walk," he said. "If it's successful, we will schedule more of them in the future."
The walk is not limited to old members, though. Newcomers are welcome and should show up a few minutes early to sign up. The fee to join the walking club is $3.
A big "buzz" will be going on inside the park's information center at 2p.m. Saturday.
Ranger Dennis Cloutier will present a program about the observation beehive located in the center.
For more details about programs, call the park at 222-6230.