MOST CHILDREN look forward to learning how to read. But unfortunately some lose interest once the basic skill is mastered. The PTA at Carrolltowne Elementary School is striving to promote a lifelong love of reading in its students by sponsoring a "100 Days of Reading" program throughout the school.
In its sixth year, the program unites the school's administration, teachers, parents, students and the local business community in an effort to encourage daily reading by each student. The theme of this year's program is "Catch the Wave, Read."
To participate in the program, students must read aloud, or be read to by an adult for at least 15 minutes each day. The children keep track of their progress and receive incentive awards at intervals of 25, 50, 75 and 100 days of reading. The school boasted a 75 percent participation rate last year and is aiming even higher this year.
Businesses in the Eldersburg area have responded generously by providing awards. Program sponsors include R. C. Theaters, Blockbuster Video, McDonald's, Pap Pap's Pizza and Pizza Hut. Other sponsors have donated money to purchase books for each child who reaches the 100-day mark.
Students at the school kicked off the event yesterday by creating a "chalk walk" around the school. Each class used its creative talents and lots of colorful chalk to illustrate a story they've studied in ILA (Integrated Language Arts).
Students in Faye Dixon's morning kindergarten class chose to illustrate Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."
Alyce Logan's second-graders also enjoyed books by Eric Carle, drawing scenes from "The Mixed Up Chameleon," "Draw Me a Star" and "Papa Please Get Me the Moon."
"Jump Frog Jump" was the theme for the students in Sandy Jones' first-grade class. Students from Mike Bounan's third-grade class concentrated on the theme of friendship as they worked together on their illustrations.
Piney Run apple festival
Fall is a great time for family events. This weekend offers a plethora of family activities with a seasonal theme.
Piney Run Park will sponsor its ninth annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event provides Nature Center members and the community with a day of outdoor activities.
Festival highlights include pumpkin-painting, scarecrow-making, horse-drawn wagon rides, cider-making, music, storytellers, games for all ages and a variety of crafts.
An apple festival has to have apples in every form. Volunteers have needed about 14 bushels of apples for pies and dumplings and expect to use 14 bushels as they demonstrate cider-making.
Volunteers play an enormous part in the success of the Apple Festival year after year. This festival will see nearly 50 volunteers manning the food pavilion.
Girl Scout Troop 417 baked 30 pies as part of its community service project.
Demonstrations in Colonial cooking, blacksmithing and quilting will be scheduled throughout the day. Those with an adventurous palate will want to sample the homemade deer jerky that will be available in the late afternoon.
Piney Run Park is located on Martz Road -- the usual park entrance fees will apply during the Apple Festival. Information: 795-6043.
Lions sell candy
Members of Freedom District Lions and Lioness Clubs will conduct their annual Candy Days Project on Friday and Saturday at various locations in Eldersburg.
The groups will offer Lifesaver candies for donations.
Proceeds from Candy Days will be used to help support the Low Vision Research Foundation at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Sykesville fall festival
The town of Sykesville will have its 22nd annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday along Main Street.
The rain-or-shine event is the joint effort of Sykesville Business Association and the town of Sykesville.
Recently hired Town Manager Matt Candland and local business owner Lorianne Pfefferkorn have pooled their resources to bring together entertainment, craftsmen and food.
The gazebo in front of the Town House will be the stage for music throughout the day, including folk singer Megan Trusdel and the western swing duet of Pete and Laurie Rose.
Civil War buffs will provide a living history through their encampment and the "battle of the bridge" -- fought at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.