Boy Scouts fill pupils' backpacks with homework 'helpers'


STUDENTS AT Bryant Woods Elementary School will soon be taking home special backpacks filled with homework goodies -- thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 424.

The packs, said Life Scout Henry Johnsen, will "give kids an alternative to homework, and help get their parents involved in their schooling."

Principal Susan Webster introduced backpacks last year for kindergarten and first grade. They worked so well that she wanted to expand the project.

Henry is coordinating the project to fulfill a requirement for the rank of Eagle Scout.

Last week, the Scouts assembled 30 backpacks, using materials purchased with a donation from Henry's grandfather, also named Henry Johnsen, and supplies from the school.

Each student will have the opportunity to take a backpack home for a week.

Ten traveling authors backpacks for kindergarten and first grade students contain materials for creating their own books.

Second- and third-graders will get 10 reading backpacks, containing books on six subjects and laminated activity sheets.

Fourth- and fifth-graders will receive 10 math backpacks that contain calculators, activity sheets and manipulatives such as pattern blocks.

Assisting Henry with the project were fellow Scouts John Roberts, Scott Owens, Eric Owens, Kyle Williams, Bobby Miller, Russell Hemlick, Tim Cezar, Brian Cassella, Brandon Boring, Adam Arciero, Andy Morgan, Mark Nowacek and Paul Nowacek.

Henry's brothers, Tommy, P.C. and Paul Johnsen, Scouts themselves, participated. Several adults also pitched in, including Henry's parents -- Peter and Peggy Johnsen -- and Joe Owens, Ed Cezar and Steve Arciero.

Winter concerts

The Wilde Lake High School Music Department will present two concerts this month.

The band and orchestra will perform at 7: 30 p.m. today, while the school's choral groups will sing at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 11.

Both concerts will be in the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at the school.

Tickets are $2 a person and may be purchased at the door.

The band members, directed by Lew Dutrow, will premiere "Antiphony," a work written for them by Mark McCoy, a former band director at Hammond High School.

The orchestra will be conducted by Laurie Meeder.

The choral concert will include performances by the concert choir, chorus, madrigal singers, barbershop quarter and beauty shop ensemble.

Director Sandra Adkins promises "a wide variety of music -- something for everybody."

Looking for music, jobs

Two programs next week at the Howard County Central Library will help music lovers and job seekers find what they need at the library.

Library staffer Roberta Rood will explore "The Joy of Classical Music" at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Dorsey's Search resident said she will focus primarily on the library's compact disc collection to let patrons know "just what we have and how to find it."

She added that the session will include a quiz, "Name That Classical Tune," as well as suggestions for patrons to improve their "musical IQ."

Registration: 313-7860.

Staff members will conduct an orientation to job-search materials -- such as job listings and company information -- available in print and online at the library from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Dec. 11. Registration is required: 313-7850.

Pub Date: 12/04/96

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