LOOKING FOR something comforting to do now that winter has lost its charm? Local elementary students recommend curling up with a good book.
Carrolltowne Elementary School students and their parents found Wednesday evening the perfect time to enjoy reading together. Families brought blankets and their favorite reading materials to the school's cafeteria for Family Reading Night.
The event highlighted the importance of reading and the fun of reading together. The evening also kicked off the school's annual book fair, which gives students an opportunity to buy high-quality books at reasonable prices and to help their school.
"This is the only fund-raiser that is done for the media center at our school," said media specialist Tally Adkins.
As in past years, the fair will feature books from Scholastic Books.
Ms. Adkins is anticipating high sales. "Last year, we sold over $6,500 worth of books," she said.
A percentage of the proceeds from the fair and a generous
amount of books will be donated to the school. "All the paperback books currently in our library came to us through book fairs," said Ms. Adkins. She plans to use the money to upgrade and supplement the library's computer system.
Curious George, a popular children's book character, helped create enthusiasm for the fair. He visited with families at Family Reading Night and will be popping in to visit students throughout the weeklong book fair.
Students at Piney Ridge Elementary also focused on reading as they celebrated January as "Reading Month".
Each morning, media specialist Keith Taylor and Debbie Galovic, a specialist in integrated language arts, provided a quote from a children's book, along with a mystery character of the day. The children were invited to guess the source of the quote and name the character.
The students also participated in schoolwide balloting to name their selection for the Black-eyed Susan Award, a statewide literary award for children's books. In a close race, the students chose "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm" as their school's winner.
Adding to the fanfare was the 100,000th book to be checked out from the school's library. First-grader Jessica Stedding was showered with balloons, confetti, and free books for being the lucky borrower.
The drama department at Liberty High School has another idea for chasing away the winter blues.
Drama students will present "A Class Act" as this year's student production Feb. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium.
Performers will present four one-act plays, each featuring actors and directors from a different grade. The entire production was done by the students, who chose the plays and were responsible for advertising the event.
The freshmen will perform "The Ugly Duckling," which features Keith Garris, Joann Wheatly and Lyle Sonnenleiter.
Victor Hugo's, "The Bishop's Candlesticks," is the choice of the sophomore class. Bill Lizor has the lead, and Mary Sands will direct.
The juniors' play, "The Valiant," will by directed by Rebecca Saecher and will feature Katie Barth and Nettie Vasbinder.
The seniors are presenting "The Importance of Being Earnest", which will be directed by Katy Schuman. This comedy will feature Anna Gonski.
Admission to "A Class Act" is $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Information: 795-8102.
Country dance lessons are again being offered every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sykesville-Freedom District fire hall.
Instructor Scott Fleming will teach a new line dance each week and a new couples dance each month. The lessons will continue through May 15.