If you'd bottled the excitement Monday morning at Glenwood Middle School, you would have had a natural high grand enough to thrill all of Howard County.
The sixth-graders, their teachers, and a handful of adventuresome parents were loading buses to go to Outdoor Education, a three-day event at Summit Lake in Frederick County that the sixth grade enjoys each fall. They stay in cabins two nights and participate in outdoor activities and instruction for three days.
Tuesday's rain didn't dampen the spirits of these energetic campers, who worked in teams and played hard in organized games.
Outdoor Ed helps sixth-grade students from two elementary schools make friends and develop team spirit. They learn to get along with each other and to appreciate diversity. The confidence courses, in which each student participates, produce self-reliance.
Principal Vince Catania and Assistant Principal Albertha Caldwell report that the students, whom they call a "neat group," had a spirited sing-along Monday night.
Administrators checked each cabin after 10 p.m. and found the students, under the caring guidance of parents, settled in for the night.
Today, the students were scheduled to return to the reality of the
classroom, after a super adventure.
Have you seen the National Geographic Society's magazine for children? It's called National Geographic World, and it's all you'd expect from the editors of National Geographic. It's slick, colorful, and filled with the kind of stuff kids enjoy reading.
In Howard, we'll all enjoy it even more in April. Four Clarksville Middle School students have been selected to present the results of their work in a feature by this national magazine.
Last year, as sixth- graders, Brooke Kimball, Sarah Leonard, Melanie Scheick, and Jessica Weeks did an investigation as part of the enrichment program at Clarksville Middle. With the help of science teacher Shelley Stout, they studied the process of bioremediation using bio-organisms to remove toxins. Specifically, they examined how microbes eat oil.
Resource teacher Annette Kuperman called the offices of the geographical society to tell them about the students' work and, after some discussion at the magazine, the editors decided to feature it.
Naturally, the students, who are now seventh-graders, are very excited.
We'll look forward to receiving the April issue of National Geographic World.
Natalie Meyers teaches seventh-grade science at Clarksville Middle School. She applied for a grant for equipment for biotechnology from Biotechnology Resource Educational Partnership and the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Based on Ms. Meyers' biotechnology experience and her willingness to teach other teachers, Clarksville Middle School was selected to receive a biotechnology kit worth $1,200. The kit contains equipment for DNA studies.
Ms. Meyers will make the kit available to any middle or high school that wishes to use it for teacher training workshops or for classroom use. Call her at 313-7057.
There is room for a few more crafters at the Clarksville Ladies Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department's craft show.
This year's show, which will be held in the building behind the fire house at routes 108 and 32, will be twice the size it was in years past.
The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30.
Call Annie Cooney at (301) 854-2889 to reserve your space for $10.
If you're planning to go out and about Sunday morning, gather some energy first at the country breakfast at the Clarksville Fire House.
For $5 for adults, enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, hot applesauce, home fries, biscuits and gravy, and beverages. Take the kids for only $3 each. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon.
Last week, I gave you disconnected numbers for the State Highway Administration. I apologize for giving you the wrong information.
Those interested in making their voices heard about a traffic signal at routes 32 and 99 can call 1-(800) 635-5119, the district office of the State Highway Administration.
?3 Thanks to all who called to point out my error.
After a trip to Denver described as "profound" by Chuck Wible, Catholic Youth Minister at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, the CYM students are planning a getaway weekend.
This is the annual Eagles Wings retreat for students in grades nine through 12 from any school.
The group will travel tomorrow to the mountains in Western Maryland for the three-day retreat. This year's theme is finding faith, learning peace and living justice. The cost of the weekend is $30.
3' Information: Chuck Wible, 531-6668.
It's time for the semiannual Oyster and Ham Supper at Lisbon United Methodist Church.
If you enjoy church suppers, don't miss this one, next to Lisbon Elementary School on Frederick Road in Lisbon. It begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and ends when the food is gone.
Tickets are $9 for adults; children can eat all they want at the family style dinner for $4.
9- Call (410) 489-7245 for more information.
Beautiful crafts will be yours for a song at the Harvest Craft Festival from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road between routes 40 and 70. Admission is $2.
, Information: (410) 442-5888.
R Midnight madness champagne run is Friday night at midnight.
It's a fast and flat three-mile run, with lots of celebrating and awards. You'll have a ball for an entry fee of only $15, and it's sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Call Barbara Patterson at (410) 313-5421 for more information, or come to the Howard County Fair Grounds in West Friendship at midnight Friday.
Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Clarksville Fire Department are mourning the death of life member Helen Wheland, who died recently after a long illness.
At her funeral service, local and county fire station volunteers paid tribute to Mrs. Wheland.
Annie Cooney spoke for all of Mrs. Wheland's friends as she described how much Helen will be missed by those who counted NTC on her loyalty and interest for many years.
Condolences to her family and friends.