School's arts program to get $1,000 from Discovery Channel


AUTHENTIC-LOOKING Treasure Island maps decorated the corporate offices of the Discovery Channel last spring and summer, courtesy of students at Pointers Run Elementary School.

First-graders made the maps from manila paper torn at the edges, drawn on, colored and coated with wax. Art teacher Lisa Robbins used the art fun to teach map skills and art to the young students.

TC Fourth-graders drew pictures of animals with fangs last spring and studied similar pictures by children's book author and artist Maurice Sendak. Youngsters gave some human characteristics to their fanged beasts, a la Sendak, and added background environments for their creatures.

From the first- and fourth-graders' work, Ms. Robbins selected more than a dozen inventive Treasure Island maps and drawings of fanged animals to share with the folks at the Discovery Channel.

In October, the selected artists and their parents toured the Discovery Channel offices in Bethesda. On Monday, the Discovery Channel will thank Ms. Robbins and the children with a gift of $1,000 to support the visual arts program at Pointers Run.

Ms. Robbins says it feels like Christmas to have the extra cash for the art program. "I am elated by all the work the Pointers Run children produce. The maps looked old and treasured. The animals were classics," she says.

Principal Andy Barsinger is particularly happy that the school's "very creative" art teacher and the children's work have been recognized.

'Godspell' at Glenelg

Glenelg High School's drama department invites you to attend "Godspell" at 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium.

Based on the book of St. Matthew, the musical stars Jeb Johnston in the lead role, along with Jamie Hill, Mark Daugherty, Kara Laws, M. C. Duke, Warren Lockhart, Luke Reinke, Karyn Casper, Kathleen Dwyer, R. J. Howell, Brian Rice, Jenna Bythrow and Mandy Miller.

Andrew Knight and Jamie Alascia appear in cameo roles in the prologue.

This delightful musical is told through the eyes of flower children in the early 1970s. The setting, crafted by the stagecraft classes, is the San Francisco waterfront, with a sailing ship docked in the background harbor.

Ron Oaks directs "Godspell." Linda Simms is the costumer. Nancy Buckel and Barry Enzman are music directors, and

Jennifer Blizzard-Sisk is the choreographer.

Tickets for the play, which you may purchase from any cast member or at the door, are $6. 313-5528.

'The Language of Art'

It's a big deal at West Friendship Elementary School. Student artists will display their work Monday in "The Language of Art."

Every West Friendship student will have works displayed at this extravaganza. Performing artists will regale visitors with music and words. Call 313-5512.

4-H Family Night

West Friendship 4-H Livestock Club held its annual Family Night awards banquet, according to club reporter Chava S. Roth.

Stephen Allison, the outgoing club president, was the master of ceremonies at the event, the theme of which was "4-H Opens the Gate to the World."

Eric and Kristen Willie provided entertainment. Chava Roth collected 62 door prizes from local retailers to award to members and guests.

Eleven officers were inducted in a candlelight ceremony. They are Rebecca Reinhardt, president; Lauren Paper, vice president; Cortney Hill-Dukehart, treasurer; Jamie Bullock, recording secretary; Mary Reinhardt, corresponding secretary; Lyndsay Glasscock, historian; Chava Roth, reporter; Sean Todd and Eric Willie, parliamentarians; and Zachary Todd and Tiffany Reinhardt, recreational leaders.

If you wish to join this club or attend a meeting, call club leader Marlene Dukehart at 489-4960.

Music notes

Bushy Park Elementary School music students performed in ensembles at the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival recently.

In rehearsal, the trio of flutist Colleen Hibbert and clarinetists Ben Adams and Mandy Norcutt were enthusiastic and unfaltering in their spirited rendition of "Home on the Range."

Congratulations to them and to eighth-grader Alex Asher, who received the highest score possible in his solo, after an hour's delay while he waited for his accompanist. The Glenwood Middle School trombonist proved his mettle in his first Solo and Ensemble Festival.

In addition, several Glenelg High School music students earned places in the 1996 All State ensembles.

Brian Rice is a bass in the junior chorus. In the junior concert band are Rebecca Bostron on French horn, Laura Henry on clarinet and David Nuenke on bassoon. Samantha Johnston will play bass in the junior orchestra. Trombonist Brian Pirrone and violinist Jill Rupprecht made senior orchestra.

Glenwood Middle School's Kelly Naber will sing soprano in the Junior Maryland All-State Chorus. As a seventh-grader, Kelly won a place in the All State Chorus the first year she was eligible. Maryland students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades audition for junior chorus.

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