WHAT DO KIDS enjoy doing? Attend a second-grade hobby show, and you'll be surprised at the intensity 7- and 8-year-olds show for special interests.
The hobby show at Spring Garden Elementary took place a week ago. The hobby show at Hampstead Elementary will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 27.
Visitors usually follow a trail through classrooms where children display their hobby atop their desks.
Each child writes a couple of paragraphs about his or her hobby and why it is enjoyable.
Some Spring Garden students dwell on history.
Robby Pagels displayed Native American dreamcatchers, Kachina dolls, bone and turquoise jewelry, Northwest carving and more.
"He lives and breathes Native Americans," said Martha Dickinson, his teacher.
"Kids were in the Civil War, too," said Matthew Roe, wearing a Confederate cap and showing his model of the Battle of the Rappahannock River with dying horses and trees knocked over from cannon fire.
Megan Smith wrote that by reading books about American Girl dolls, "you can learn, teach and enjoy their history and lifestyles."
Some children like to build. Lego building blocks are a staple for Brandon Beam and Justin Spicer, who wrote: "The only reason I started collecting Legos was because they were fun to play with."
Travis Mewhirter builds with K'Nex.
"It's a hobby not limited by time or place," he wrote. His Ferris wheel, windmill and sailboat ranged from 2 to 4 feet tall.
"I'm an inventor," said Evan Springer, turning switches to work two lights and a small fan in a cardboard box. His invention? A lighted air-conditioner, which he constructed with his dad.
There were kids with live pets, such as Amanda Marsh and her gray rabbit, Thumper. My daughter Emily handled her dwarf hamsters, Dimitri and Leo.
There were kids who collect things. Ashley Phipps collects key ++ chains. Chris Dolch has baseball cards. Amanda Labuzza has a collection of Polly Pocket miniatures. Joshua Hayes has 250 different action figures.
There were kids doing sports.
Mike Mullineaux showed photos of swimming and T-ball. Devin Meade plays girls' lacrosse, T-ball and softball. Kara Windsor and Bianca VanHorn gave their classmates a demonstration in gymnastics and dance. Katherine Taylor Grantland studies ballet technique.
Kevin Jones was one of five gardeners in his class. He drew a picture of himself driving a tractor and placed it in a field of live marigolds he'd raised from seed.
He wrote, "I used to watch the tractors and combines. I started to garden because it looked like it needed some work."
Melissa Peregoy's hobby is watching Michael Jordan. She intrigued visitors with a diorama of the basketball star in action viewed through a peephole.
On Hampstead Day on Saturday, look for the booth of the Woman's Club of Hampstead at Murray's Title Service, opposite Shell/Jiffy Mart.
The club is holding a 50-50 raffle. The drawing is to take place in midafternoon.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. If you're new to raffles, being the lucky winner means you and the sponsor split the proceeds. This raffle will benefit projects of the club.
The Woman's Club of Hampstead is in the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs, an international women's civic group.
Kim Burden Day
Being a PTA president doesn't usually include becoming famous, even for a day. But in Hampstead, outgoing Spring Garden Elementary PTA President Kim Burden became famous during a heartwarming moment in which the Hampstead mayor thanked her for her community involvement.
At the school Thursday, in the cafetorium packed with parents and students prepared to hear the annual band and ensemble concert, Mayor Christopher Nevin read a proclamation announcing May 14, 1998, as Kim Burden Day. He presented her with a Town Key.
The proclamation hailed her work as being above and beyond the call of duty, for serving as a substitute teacher for seven years, for serving on the PTA executive board that created a bridge between parents and the school, and for excelling as a role model to children and parents.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 5/20/98