Designs at Eldersburg Elementary School will give new students direction


ELDERSBURG Elementary School is sporting some beautiful new designs. Inside the school, colorful graphics identify various sections and will help new students next school year.

Led by parent volunteer Bob Urban, a group of teachers and parents spent part of the recent spring break painting the designs Urban had sketched for the hallways.

Karen Maimone, Amy Meloche, Mary Jo Cornes, Carey Zylka, Laura Cline, Theresa French, Joanna Merrell, Cindy Knies, Joan Hoffman, Caterina Walsh, Kim Kelly, Cynthia Teesdale, Sharon Bowers, Michelle Bennett, Margaret Pfaff and Lisa Busher enjoyed a casual painting party as they worked on the designs. Urban's daughters, Alexandra and Cara, also helped.

Urban drew on his experience as a graphic artist to create the designs sprinkled along the halls. Bright ordinal numbers mark the entrance to each grade level, and the kindergarten hallway is highlighted with a cheerful stencil of books, pencils, slates and apples. Stripes of yellow, blue and green connect many of the designs.

Murals were created for the school's gymnasium and media center, and Urban will soon begin working on a unique design for the cafeteria.

Drama fest

Drama students from the county's high schools came together Thursday to share their talents at the annual Drama Fest at Liberty High School. The event was dedicated to the memory of Westminster High drama student Jon Horneff.

The event was a showcase of talent, and each school had 40 minutes to perform portions of recent productions.

North Carroll students presented scenes from three productions: Two by Two," "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" and "Making It." Francis Scott Key students presented "M*A*S*H."

"The History of Dance," an original script, and "Mystery Weekend" were performed by Westminster High students. South Carroll presented "Once Upon a Mattress."

Liberty High performed most of the first act of their recent production of "Fiddler on the Roof."

After the performances, Paul Gallagher and Dan Curran of a Washington company called "Action Unlimited" got rave reviews for their staged combat performance.

Mental health walk

May is Mental Health Month, and Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville is holding a "Walk for Your Mental Health" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Walkers will begin at the Maus Pavilion and choose between several paths of various lengths. Information on mental health will be available.

Certificates will be prepared for participants, so anyone planning to attend should call 410-795-2100, Ext. 3693. A rain date is set for May 29.

Benefit carnival

Two Gamber youngsters created a backyard carnival at their home Saturday to benefit the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life."

Eric Miller, 9, and Kerry Miller, 11, entertained neighbors and friends with games, face painting, spin art, pony-cart rides and snacks. They raised $250 for their Relay for Life team.

Eric and Kerry, whose parents are Jill and Gary Miller, and other friends and family members plan to participate in the event on May 29 and 30 at Westminster High School.

Members of their team will take turns walking, jogging or running around the school's track for 24 hours. Funds raised will be spent on cancer research.

Information: American Cancer Society, 410-931-6850.

PTA awards

Two teachers at Freedom Elementary School were recently honored with PTA Lifetime Membership Awards.

Rosa Featherstone and Ann Thompson were recognized by the school's PTA for their longtime dedication to the organization and to Freedom students.

Featherstone has taught second grade at the school for 30 years. Thompson, a fourth-grade teacher, has been at Freedom for 26 years.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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