When W. Wilson Goode of the U.S. Department of Education visits Corkran Middle School tomorrow, he is going to find students learning more than spelling, fractions and American history.
Completing a tour of three county schools offering innovative educational programs, Dr. Goode will observe Corkran students working on projects coordinated through the school's Enrichment Program. For example:
* A group of seventh-graders using puppets and nursery rhymes to produce a video on child abuse.
* Eighth-graders preparing a quilt that chronicles the history of the school.
* Students in the sixth grade collecting items for an Artifact Box. Clues to Glen Burnie's identity will be unraveled by students at an unknown school somewhere in the world.
Corkran teacher Mary Ellen Ouslander coordinates the student's efforts. Guiding them from the original idea to the finished product, she helps them focus on specific goals and organize information to complete the project. Whether it's a T-shirt design or a video to promote passage of the Endangered Species Act, each project is a learning process.
"Our seventh grade is working on a project with the Baltimore Zoo. With the Endangered Species Act up for re-authorization in Congress we wanted to make a public service announcement and bring it to Wayne Gilchrest," said Ouslander.
Congressman Gilchrest serves on the Merchant Marine and Fishery Committee, where re-authorization of the act is being reviewed.
"This has been a lesson for the students," Ouslander explains. "In addition to making the video they have to work to convince Mr. Gilchrest to see it. Perhaps even show it to the committee."
For information on the program, call the school office 222-6493.
Area schools will be transformed into cub dens 7 p.m. tomorrow when the Four Rivers Scout District celebrates its annual "School Night."
Boys in first through fourth grades are invited to discover what scouting can offer -- camping, crafts and friendship.
Representatives from individual troops will be available to answer any questions and assist with registration, says Jon Squire, coordinator of the event.
The Glen Burnie elementary schools participating are: Freetown, Glendale, Marley, Oakwood, Point Pleasant, Quarterfield, Richard Henry Lee, Woodside, Glen Burnie Park, Southgate, Rippling Woods, Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School and St. Paul's Lutheran School.
As John McNeese sees it, the opportunity to win a $20,000 scholarship award is only one benefit Glen Burnie Senior High students experience when they participate in the VFW "Voice of Democracy" audio essay program. There's also the chance to improve self-confidence, poise and communication skills.
Chairman of VFW Post 434 program, Mr. McNeese is encouraging students to express "My Vision For America" in a 3-to 5-minute audio tape. The winning entry will represent the post at the district competition and possibly continue on through the state and national competition.
"One of the greatest benefits to young people who take part in the program is that by thinking, writing and speaking up for their country, they gain better appreciation of their obligation and freedom in America," McNeese explains.
For additional information students may contact the school liaison, guidance counselor Joanne Lyons, 761-8950.
Update your image at a seminar conducted by image consultant Patricia Slayton 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Burnie YMCA, 8 Central Ave. A second seminar will be held at noon, Nov. 20.
Topics include choosing colors to flatter natural coloring, core wardrobes, cosmetic do's and don'ts, skin care and accessorizing.
Registration is $10 per session.
For information, call 761-1251.
Glen Ridge Apartments will play host to the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce monthly Networking Night, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in apartment B1, 57 Glen Ridge Road.
Networking Nights give chamber members the opportunity to promote their businesses in a relaxed social setting.
There is no charge for this event, though reservations are requested.
For information call the chamber office, 766-8282.
Messiah Pre-School is looking for a few good . . . 2-year-olds.
The school is adding the 2-year-old class to it's already successful program for 3- and 4-year-olds.
Limited to 10 children, the class will meet from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. every Tuesday. Tuition is $25 per month with a one-time $25 registration fee.
For additional information, call director Tracy Brockenbrough, 766-1944.
A meeting of the Glen Burnie Chapter of Another Baltimore Commodore User's Group is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the North County Library. The meeting is open to anyone interested in Commodore 64, 128 and Amiga computers.
Also on the group's calendar is a swap meet, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 1, 104 Sunset Drive in Glen Burnie. Several tables of hardware and software for Commodore and Amiga computers will be sold. Members of the group will be available to answer questions on computers and the club.
Vendors selling related merchandise can rent space for $5 by calling Pat Anthony, 760-2047, or Rick Thompson, 284-8829.
If you have items for this column, call Bonita Formwalt at 766-4549.