Second-grade instructional assistant Anita Feintuch was watching "Good Morning America" last April when she saw a teacher discussing "Wee Deliver," a literacy promotion introduced by the U.S. Postal Service. The promotion improved reading and writing skills and increased school attendance, according to the report.
Ms. Feintuch, who works at Elkridge Elementary School, researched and later implemented the program in the second-grade classrooms. Now, she's an enthusiastic promoter of "Wee Deliver." The Postal Service supplied the school with a teacher's guide, explanations of mail delivery and directions for stamp design. The students are learning how to run their own post office with the supplied cardboard sorter and mailbox.
Soon children who volunteer will be tested on their skills as postal clerks, letter carriers and postmasters. The second grade hopes to have the Elkridge Elementary School postal service up and running by -- you guessed it -- Valentine's Day.
Each second-grader has an address at the school, based on a teacher's name and telephone extension.
For example, students in Jody Nation's class "live" at 169 Nation Way in Elkridge. Other teachers' names are similarly incorporated into addresses.
The program also includes materials to teach children to address an envelope and write a letter. A spring-time trip to the Columbia post office is being planned. Today, "Wee Deliver" speaker Nancy Glen will be visiting the school to talk to the children.
The stamp design contest, in which the designs were judged on artistic merit, was a big hit with the children.
The six winning stamp designers are: Krissy Shaw, Laura Valdivia, Marcos Rivera, Shannon Rigney, Megan Rickman and Shane Rawlings.
The runners-up are Ashley Miller, Shawn Miles, Dececco Dockins, Ashley Rentko, Anita Armes and Alicia Jones.
The designs have been reduced in size and backed with glue, to be used by the children to mail their letters.
Centennial High School's National Honor Society welcomes the community to a charity auction tomorrow.
The members are selling items and services such as a car wash, snow shoveling, an Italian dinner and homemade fudge. Local merchants have donated restaurant dinners, recreational lessons, calligraphy and a tie-dyed T-shirt to go under the gavel.
The plum to be auctioned is a basketball signed by all the members of the University of Maryland basketball team.
Proceeds from the auction are earmarked for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
The donation will be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of Nancy Fremanis, who worked at Centennial High School until her death in December.
Come to the school's auditorium at 7:30 to place your bid.
Information: (410) 313-2856.
Sally Bright, president of the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute, announces that some super people responded to my coverage of the Institute.
New members include Meryl Carmel, Michelle Drury, Deborah O'Loane, Joanne Barlow, Dodie Gaudry and Connie Palmieri.
If you're curious about the Friends and their work, call 465-8500, and your call will be returned.
This should be an exciting year at the Patapsco Female Institute and many hands will be needed.
Deep Run Elementary School invites the community to come to its media center to view the children's beautiful book floats.
More than 450 children made a float. For their excellent work, 70 children were awarded a $3 certificate to be cashed in at the book fair in April.
If you sew or are curious about quilting and applique, you'll want to save some time for a workshop or lecture by Jo Diggs of Portland, Maine.
Ms. Diggs' visit to our area is sponsored by Ellicott City's Faithful Circle Quilters.
On Feb. 27, she will talk about "What Are All Those Stitches Doing There?" at 7:30 p.m. On March 2 at 10:30 a.m., she will discuss multilayered applique. Both lectures are scheduled at First Presbyterian Church on Route 108 and cost $6. Registration is not required.
Workshops are hands-on and registration is necessary.
On March 1 and March 4, Ms. Diggs will teach "Fantasy Fish or Floral Applique," and on March 3 she will teach "Miniature Landscapes." That workshop is especially good for beginners, as the small project is manageable.
To register for workshops or for information, call Pat Brousil at (410) 997-1296.
Deep Run Elementary School will take its students on a musical journey of the Caribbean with guest musicians from the band Mama Jama, who have created the performance "Goombay."
The performance will illustrate how music can be communicate the culture. The performances will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and all parents are welcome to attend.
The Rev. Charles Fountain and the congregation of First Church of the Nazarene invite you to attend a concert with adult contemporary recording artist Bill Itzel.
Mr. Itzel is the recipient of two Grammy and two Dove awards, including two Newcomer of the Year awards and Young Artist of the Year. He is also lead singer for the contemporary gospel group Simply Faith.
The whole family is welcome to the concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Church of the Nazarene, 8801 Rogers Ave, in Ellicott City. Information: call the church office at (410) 465-1103.