A colossal banner featuring hundreds of red handprints will welcome guests attending Monday's official dedication of Twin Ridge Elementary School in Mount Airy.
Each handprint features a young signature from the school's student body of 692 students. The $6.8 million facility, which houses students in preschool special education classes through fifth grade, opened Aug. 31.
State and local officials have been invited to the 7 p.m. dedication with the Twin Ridge Parent Teacher Association as host. Due to space limitations, this community event is open to adults only.
"Parent patrols" will be on hand to assist guests who wish to tour the two-story, 69,000-square-foot building, said PTA president Jane O'Connor. She urges everyone to enjoy the soft-sculpture mobile hanging from the school's skylight.
The mobile, which will be a permanent part of the school's decor, features hand-sewings of endangered animals done by the students.
"Every child got to work on it," she said, noting that students chose twin pandas as their school mascots, and red and white as school colors.
Services provided by parent volunteers already have become invaluable to the school. Mrs. O'Connor reports that over 200 parents have worked 9,000 volunteer hours so far this year.
One PTA project has been providing math and spelling books for each grade level to be kept on a special reference shelf at the Mount Airy Library on Ridge Avenue.
"It's there for parents whose child forgets a book," Mrs. O'Connor said.
Twin Ridge Elementary is nestled in the rolling hills between Route 144, Prospect Road and Leafy Hollow Circle. The modified, air-conditioned T-shaped school is the first Frederick County school located within the Mount Airy town limits. Emily Sines is the school principal.
For information, call (301) 829-5301.
Bookshelves of once-loved but outgrown children's books will be put to good use, thanks to the combined efforts of the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club and Mount Airy Elementary School.
More than 125 books have been collected through the local Kiwanis Club's "Give the Gift of Reading" campaign, taking place through May 28, reports Kiwanis Club president-elect Wilma Colburn.
"We're aiming for 300 books," she said. She noted that many more books could be put to use.
Mrs. Colburn, who also is active with the Mount Airy Middle School Parent Teacher Association, said nearly new books are desired for local, needy children and for students in special needs classes at Mount Airy Middle.
Special needs teachers would like to have books that the students could underline as they read, said Mrs. Colburn. The students are not allowed to write in school-owned books.
A nearly new story book would be a treasure to a child whose parents cannot afford the luxury of new reading material, said Mrs. Colburn. The Kiwanis Club will work with the county and local schools to redistribute book donations.
Only books that are preschool or elementary-school level, in pristine condition, can be used for this project, she said.
Books that have been scribbled in or that are missing pages or covers are unsuitable.
The Kiwanis Club would welcome your help with this worthy project, being sponsored as part of the Kiwanis Club major emphasis program, "Priority 1 -- Young Children."
Donations may be dropped of in the lobby of Mount Airy Elementary School at 405 N. Main St.
For special arrangements or more information, call Mrs. Colburn at (301) 829-1277.
From freshly baked apple strudel to a genuine Alpine horn, the second annual Frulingsfest at South Carroll High School tonight will feature a treasure of Old World German favorites.
The public is invited to join in the fun at the German festival beginning at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
The purpose of the event is to promote the cultural understanding of Germany and the German language through an experience that extends beyond the classroom.
The Frulingsfest will feature continuous entertainment, including "Alt Deutscher Trachtenverein," a folk dance group whose members wear costumes from different regions in Germany. Willi Steinbrunner will play the lengthy Alpine horn.
Students taking German language classes at South Carroll and Liberty high schools will perform skits, songs and sing-alongs. In response to the success of last year's event, there will again be plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in the dancing and singing.
Admission is $1 per person. That includes a serving of apple strudel with ice cream and a beverage of your choice. Black Forest cake, poppy seed cake and other home-baked desserts will be available for 25 cents per serving.
Senior photography enthusiasts of all ability levels are encouraged to drop by the Mount Airy Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. Monday to hear guest speaker Philip E. Small- wood Jr.
Mr. Smallwood, a Woodbine resident and 31-year postal employee who retired from the Pikesville post office in 1988, is hoping to start a senior photography group in the Mount Airy area.
A member of the Photography Society of America, Mr. Smallwood has done free-lance work and weddings and has taught adult education classes.
He said he was hooked on photography when he took his first picture at age 13. "It's really a fascinating hobby," he said.
Mr. Smallwood hopes to share his knowledge of photographic techniques at monthly meetings.
He stresses that expensive equipment will not be needed. He said one of his favorite cameras is 40 years old and still takes wonderful pictures.
If you are interested in the photography group but are unable to attend Monday's program, call Debbie Schleich at the Mount Airy Senior Center, 795-1017 or (301) 829-2407.