We would like to congratulate Mary Rayman, a volunteer at Park Elementary School, who was awarded the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award. Rayman was selected as one of 12 state winners from a group of 200.
Park reading specialist Anita Turner nominated Rayman for starting an "At Risk" program for first-graders. Rayman has worked on this program for six years, five days a week, seven hours a day. A reception was held at Martin's West to honor the winners. Recipients received a bronze key ring, a certificate and $250 for their schools. Rayman truly deserves this award. The school also would like to say "thank you."
Belle Grove Elementary School news: Tomorrow, sixth-grade students will visit the Center for Applied Technology to see the work students perform during a typical school day.
From 1 to 1:50 p.m., a cultural arts program titled "In the Nick of Time" will be featured. This program, presented by "Theatrics," will tell the story of a boy named Nick. Parents are welcome to come and enjoy this presentation.
Kindergarten students will visit the zoo on Wednesday. Afternoon kindergarten students should report to school with the morning students.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: The county Battle of the Books competition was held Tuesday at Hilltop Elementary School. Competing in this event were teams from Hilltop, Overlook, Belle Grove, Fort Smallwood and Brooklyn Park. Congratulations to the fourth-grade team for winning the battle between the third and fourth grades, and to the fifth-grade team for winning the fifth- and sixth-grade battle. The fourth-grade team consisted of Pamela Kirby, Brandi Schickton, Christina Lloyd and Christina Moore. The fifth-grade members were Amy Balonis, Ebony Flowers, Stephanie See and Charles Gaither.
Congratulations to fifth-grader Ben Pulz for winning first prize in the Medicine and Health category at the county Science Fair at Windsor Farms Elementary School. Ben's project explored the fat content of ground meats and the effects of fat on our bodies. Another great job!
* Park Elementary School news: Everyone is getting ready for the big day! On Friday, the school is striving for Perfect Attendance Day. If the school succeeds, Principal Diane Lenzi will dress as a clown during lunchtime and judge the "crazy hat" contest. An elementary and a primary homeroom also will be picked to have a pizza party, compliments of Domino's. Make sure your child attends school on that day.
The May Day Celebration is planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Sixth-graders will start the celebration by performing the May Pole Dance. Children can play games, eat hot dogs or pizza and have their photos taken at the May Day at the Beach. Come and enjoy the evening.
* Brooklyn Park-Lindale Middle Junior High School news: The Book Fair will continue today through Wednesday in the media room. Students will visit the fair during their mathematics classes and make their purchases.
North County High School news: The North County Parents Club executive board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the media room; a general meeting will follow at 7:30. Everyone is urged to attend.
* The Arundel Improvement Association news: The CASOS Organization will celebrate its 23rd anniversary at a luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Fort Smallwood Road. Seniors throughout the county will receive recognition for their outstanding service to their communities. Gladys Bellows of South County and Edythe Green of Morris Hills will receive awards for 16 years of devoted service. All CASOS club presidents will be honored, and recently elected executive board officers will be installed by county Department of Aging staffers Agnes Edwards and Carolyn Scurry. The new board members are Martin Foote, president; Mary Dunbar, vice president; Frances Jones, secretary; Dorothea Elridge, assistant secretary; Theodore Clark, treasurer; and Catherine Joyce, Chaplin. County Executive Robert R. Neall will be the guest speaker and aging department Director Dr. Carol Baker will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
* Harbor Hospital Center news: The center will offer an asthma education program from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the hospital's Gruehn Building. The program will be led by certified pediatric nurses, a licensed pediatrician, a respiratory therapist and a pediatric psychologist. Families will learn about the disorder and available treatments. Activities are designed for asthmatic children and their parents. The registration fee is $15 and includes learning materials and refreshments. Since limited space is available, registration is required. For more information, call 347-3840.
Don't forget to get your tickets for the Baseball-Softball Dance, sponsored by the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association. The fun begins at 9 p.m. Friday and continues till 1 a.m. at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club. Tickets are $12 per person and include beer and setups. For more information or to obtain tickets, call 636-5190, or visit the Sugar Shack at the 10th Avenue fields.
Picture Day for the association's tee-ball, softball and baseball teams is planned for Saturday. Players must return their picture orders, along with payment.
The association also will sponsor a Mother's Day Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. An assortment of plants will be for sale.
Tippy Martinez will make an appearance at the 10th Avenue RTC fields tomorrow evening to promote his upcoming baseball camp.
The Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Women will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Lacher Hall. The Rev. Bob Clipp will discuss "Charter for Racial Justice." This meeting is open to men and women.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School's Junior Girl Scout Troop #738 and Brownie Troop #849 will hold their year-end closing ceremonies tonight at 7:45 at the school. The girls will receive the badges and patches they earned during the year. Girls advancing to the next stage of Girl Scouts will "cross the bridge" (known as bridging) and receive their wings. Brownies moving to the Junior Girl Scouts are Jody Haupt, Kristen Householder, Katie Miller, Keri Morris, Courtney Reynolds and Toni Sanford. Juniors advancing to the Cadettes are Andrea Barnes, Angela Brown, Megan Haupt, Tiffany Kelly, Melanie Morris, Kristina Nazarenus, Erica Newman, Kristi Wedemyer and Penny Zang.
If you have run out of ideas for a Mother's Day gift, why don't you consider a gift of love: encourage your mother to schedule a mammogram at Harbor Hospital Center. Anyone who registers this month and mentions the Mother's Day promotion will receive a gift. The screening program includes a complete breast examination, a mammogram and information on self-examinations. The American Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms for women age 35 or older, especially if they have a family history of breast disease. The cost is $45. To schedule an appointment, call 347-3383.
Happy Mother's Day!