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Back in 1962, when Nancy Pope was 5, she walked into the kindergarten room of Hillandale Elementary School in Silver Spring.

Her teacher was Sally Maseritz, a warm, nurturing woman who remains in Ms. Pope's memory with paint, paste and graham crackers.

Their lives parted ways after that year, and eventually Ms. Pope got married and began a family of her own with son Ryan.

In August 1991, Ms. Pope read Ryan's name on the list for Mrs. Maseritz's first-grade class at Deep Run Elementary School in Elkridge. Ms. Pope pulled out her childhood pictures, and the name of her teacher was identical.

When Ryan and his mother met the teacher before the start of the school year, they found that she was indeed Ms. Pope's childhood teacher.

This year, Ryan's sister, first-grader Molly Pope, continues the family tradition: She's in Mrs. Maseritz's class, too.

Ms. Pope and Mrs. Maseritz have enjoyed reconnecting.

But the 6-year-old students cannot believe that, after 33 years of teaching, Mrs. Maseritz can still walk, talk and teach. Ever resourceful, she tells them that the year she taught her first Pope, she was only 12.


A student works hard creating a biography of a black American for a social studies class. The research, writing and creation of a visual presentation can take hours.

Usually, the teacher's eyes are the only eyes that ever see all that work.

Not so in Dave Reck's sixth-grade gifted and talented class at Patapsco Middle School.

Mr. Reck recently took a team of his students to present the finished products of their independent research projects to the third-graders at Centennial Lane Elementary School in celebration of Black History Month.

The sixth-graders got a chance to be teachers: they shared information, presented visuals and provided the younger children with written follow-up activities.

Third-grade team leader Linda Thompson and the gifted and talented resource teacher, Theresa Schicitano, were the middle-schoolers' hosts.

This activity was unique because it connected two levels of students and two school districts.

The sixth-grade team included Ashley Harrington, Paul Brown, Brian Drnec, Adam Hall, Katy Juhaszova, Christine de Verneil, Max Markotic, Kim Jackimowicz, Libby Smith, Ingrid Hellstrom, and Katie Abel.


Reading teacher Paula Silverstein of Deep Run Elementary School proclaimed February the Month of Love, specifically loving to share books with others.

She and fellow reading teacher Dale Allnutt placed boxes around the school in which the children could place new or discarded books to share with children who are staying at Grassroots or domestic violence shelters.

The staff and children responded to this call by cleaning out their bookshelves to the tune of over 1,000 books.


Three years ago, Columbia high school student Ellen Barth was appalled at the money students spent on their proms, while others in the county didn't have proper clothing to wear. So she did something: created Project PROMise, a consignment shop devoted to selling prom dresses at reasonable prices.

Profits from the shop are donated to charity.

Ms. Barth is now at Brown University, and Centennial High senior Susan Fuller has accepted her role as manager.

But Project PROMise is intact, and moving to Ellicott City.

Its new location is in the Chatham Mall, where a grand opening will be held Saturday to begin serving girls who need a prom dress this spring.

The opening will include a raffle of prom-related items.

They'll be selling both new and used formals, evening bags consigned by My Bag and jewelry and accessories consigned by Sparks from The Mall in Columbia.

Hours of operation are Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To consign a dress, bring it in any time the shop is open. An extra consigning day is Wednesday before the shop officially opens.

The consignor nets 70 percent of the purchase price when the dress is sold. An additional option is that the dress can be donated.


Dunloggin Middle School is proud to announce its winners in the PTA sponsored countywide Reflections contest.

Out of 27 possible winners, Dunloggin students took 11 prizes.

Winning students include Jackie Taubman and Michael Bowers in literature; Eric Buchner, John Patti and Debi Moody in music; Hsing Hui Hsu, Sara Condron, Thomas McAfee and Deborah Pak in visual arts; and Aaron Altscher in photography.

Many of these students will enter their work in the state Reflections contest.

Dunloggin also is proud of the accomplishments of pianist Diana Wang. Diana won first place in the Junior Piano Division in the Columbia Orchestra's Young Artist Competition.

She will perform with the Columbia Orchestra at 2 p.m. April 2.


First Baptist Church of Elkridge presents its annual revival, "Proclaiming the Gospel for Such Times as These," March 22-24.

Each night the program begins at 7:30 p.m., with the Rev. Leon W. Jones Jr. of Imani Baptist Community Ministry as the revivalist.

The pastor, Monroe S. Simms, and the congregation invite the community to join the revival. Transportation will be available.

Call (410) 796-4338 or (410) 796-4454 for information.


The Elkridge Branch of the Howard County Library announces "Planes Aplenty, Planes Galore," a program in which children ages 8 to 11 will learn how to make and fly paper airplanes.

The program will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 22.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow, and may be made in person or by phone at 313-5085.


Friends in Self-Help (FISH) of Howard County thanks the county's Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for their generous donations of food this month.

The Girl Scouts presented FISH with 2,500 units of food gathered from the recent Mall Camp-In.

The Boy Scouts gave a truckload of food.

FISH is an all-volunteer telephone service that helps people solve problems. It is recruiting volunteers. Volunteers serve by dealing with phone calls one day each month.

For information on how this works, or to volunteer, call (410) 964-8660.

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