Casual approach serves best for start of school year


"I don't understand it. The first day of school and you're taking it so well," mused my neighbor.

True, I am no longer the crazed mother who followed the school bus on her son's first day of kindergarten, weeping and snapping Polaroids. And it has nothing to do with the restraining order.

As my sons have grown, so have I. Frantic efforts to assure everything is perfect for the start of a new school year have given way to a more casual approach. For example:

The Transformer lunch box packed with a meal representing the four major food groups has been replaced by $5 and a coupon for a free holster of fries at Roy Rogers.

UnderRoos are out, $18 boxers by Tommy Hilfinger are -- well, actually they're out too.

The fluffy koala back pack is gone. No replacement necessary. ** According to my son, they don't have books in high school.

No more visits to Stride Rite for shoes with proper arch support. Now it's a visit to the Money Store to finance my semiannual support payment to Nike and Michael "Air" Jordan.

Happy, happy start of school, Glen Burnie.

AACC registration

Earn college credit without leaving your neighborhood is the goal of Anne Arundel Community College.

Registration will be accepted through Saturday for credit and noncredit courses offered at Archbishop Spalding High, the Center for Applied Technology North, Glen Burnie High, North County High and the Glen Burnie Town Center.

Late registration is scheduled for Sept. 3-9.

Credit courses include business management, computer applications, history, law and psychology. Noncredit courses include a variety of classes for educational, business and personal growth.

New and returning students can register from 8: 30 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday, and 8: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Glen Burnie Town Center campus, 101 Crain Highway.

For information, call (410) 541-2243.

Staff changes at Marley

Students returning to Marley Middle School this week were greeted by new staff members.

Cordell Hunter joins the staff as an administrative assistant. The new faculty members are Jayne Alexis, special education; Merle Aquinaldo, art; and Pete Bianca, language arts.

Parents will have an opportunity to meet their children's teachers when Marley's PTA plays hosts to a back-to-school night at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the school cafeteria.

L For additional information call the school office, 761-0934.

Car show next week

Antique cars, street rods and custom autos of all sizes will be on display at the sixth annual benefit car show from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Glen Burnie Carnival Grounds. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Lost In The '50s custom car club and the Maryland Automotive Modelers Association, the show will benefit Special Boy Scout Troop 16 for mentally and physically challenged youth.

Registration is $10 per vehicle, $3 per model entrant. Dash plaques will be given to the first 200 registered cars.

For registration or vendor information call Bob Eveson, 768-0872 or Sally Evans, 224-6406.

Pub Date: 8/28/96

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