A letter-writing lesson for third-graders at Marley Elementary School got an A-plus Friday when Gov. William Donald Schaefer personally presented the school with a new Maryland flag.
He was joined by Nancy Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, and Carol Parham, county superintendent.
Hoping to encourage her students to improve their writing skills, teacher Anne Taylor had them write to Mr. Schaefer to request a Maryland flag to replace the school's worn banner.
The students wrote such an eloquent request that it moved the governor to drive up from Annapolis to deliver the flag in person.
It was the "the power of the pencil" that brought the governor to Marley, said Ms. Taylor. "Isn't it wonderful that such a small tool can yield such great results?"
The governor agreed, telling the students, "I read the letter and thought, 'I really want to do this.' "
Along with the flag, Mr. Schaefer delivered a message to the students.
"First of all, love your mother, father, your family. A strong family unit is No. 1. No. 2, when you go to school, listen to your teachers. No. 3, learn. Learn to read, learn to write, learn math, learn science. Have a good time in school," he urged.
Before the flag presentation the distinguished guests participated in a "junior" press conference. Fifth-grade reporters Aidanora Osorno, Lindsey Renninger and Darryl Wowk questioned the visitors on topics such as the future of education, the recent elections and what Mr. Schaefer was most proud of during his time as governor. Later, Mr. Schaefer shared his answers with the audience.
"We put more money into education than any other government in the history of the state," he stated proudly. "We wanted every one of you to be able to compete against everyone else in the world."
After the flag presentation to principal Lorraise Brooks, the ceremony moved outside, where teacher Ken Williams assisted a group of Cub Scouts and Brownies in raising the flag.
As their new flag waved in the breeze, Mr. Schaefer led the students in singing "Maryland, My Maryland."
For the third straight year, members of the Glen Burnie Senior High School dance troupe will welcome Santa Claus to Marley Station for the start of the holiday shopping season at 10 a.m. Friday in the center court.
The dancers return to the mall at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 to perform their holiday show, "A Very Special Christmas."
The troupe will perform the same show at area nursing homes, senior centers and schools in December.
Forty-six years of support and commitment to area youngsters will be rewarded when Charley Eckman is honored with the "Good Scout" award at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.
Although not a Scout himself, Eckman was selected by the Four Rivers District to receive the award for his unselfish devotion to county youth organizations. Mr. Eckman has been involved with the Harundale Little League, the Brooklyn Park Youth Club, the county police-sponsored Boys' Club, the Special Olympics and Take Back Our Streets.
Tickets are available on several levels: $15, youth patron; $50, individual patron; $100, bronze sponsor (one ticket); $200, silver sponsor (two tickets); $350, gold sponsor (four tickets); $600, platinum sponsor (table of eight); $1,000, Eagle sponsor (table of 10).
Reservations are required by Dec. 7 and can be made by calling 766-4656 or sending a check or money order payable to: Four Rivers District, Baltimore Area Council/B.S.A., 701 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore 21211-2899.
Mrs. Santa Claus will be joining the Ladies of the Elks 2266 at the annual craft show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Elks' Lodge, Quarterfield and Stevenson roads.
In addition to holiday decoration and gift ideas, shoppers can purchase light refreshments.
For information, call 859-1477.
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