WHEN STUDENTS at Mount Airy Elementary School file out of the building the last day of school, they will be closely followed by Principal BoAnn Bohman.
Bohman is leaving to become supervisor of elementary education for Carroll County public schools.
She has fond memories of her five years as principal at Mount Airy Elementary School.
"Everyone cares about this school and children," Bohman said. "The staff and parents provide leadership, and they really care about the children. The students are so fortunate to be part of this school."
Bohman applauded the support of the PTA in providing funding for staff development.
"I don't think many groups of parents understand just how
important staff development is," she said. "Our parents know that having a strong teacher in each classroom is the key resource."
Bohman said she is most proud of the extra effort staff and parents made to ensure that "everyone learns." The staff should be commended for their collaborative efforts to improve instructional programs, and parents should be commended for increasing their learning by attending school trainings, working in classrooms and providing resources for training, she said.
"Because we are learners, the instructional program is stronger," said Bohman.
Although the decision to leave the school was difficult, she believes change is an opportunity for learning and growth, she said.
A new principal is expected to be appointed next month.
American Legion Gold Star Post 191 will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. Monday at Pine Grove Chapel and Cemetery, South Main Street, Mount Airy.
Legion officials said the holiday should be regarded as a solemn and patriotic event, rather than just a time for a picnic and a day bTC off from work or school. The ceremony provides a chance to learn more about the true meaning of Memorial Day, they said.
Legion spokesman Arthur Brett encouraged parents to bring their children to the ceremony.
For the 16th year, Marine Corps members will be in attendance, and will fire a 21-gun salute.
Brett recommended arriving early to allow time for a leisurely walk through the cemetery and for reflection.
The Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association will hold its annual golf tournament at 7 a.m. June 5 at The Links at Challedon, Gillis Falls Road, Mount Airy. A shotgun start is scheduled for 8 a.m.
Proceeds will benefit the association, which provides sports programs in Mount Airy.
The entry fee is $80, or $300 per foursome.
Plaques will be awarded for first through fourth places. Gift certificates will be given to the first-place foursome. Contests will be held for closest to the pin, longest drive and putting.
Registration forms may be picked up at the concession stand at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road, weekday evenings and Saturdays during baseball games.
Information: Mike McDonald at 301-831-7049 or Bob Landsman at 301-829-0263..
Winfield Recreation Council will hold final registration for its fall soccer programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at Mayeski Park, West Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
Boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade can register for the council's in-house soccer program.
The season will begin in August and end in November. All games are played at Mayeski Park.
The fee is $40, which includes a uniform and a trophy.
Registration also is being accepted for the South Carroll Soccer Club, affiliated with the Winfield Recreation Council and the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association.
Players range in age from 8 to 16 with games played in the fall.
Information: 410-635-3242 or 410-795-4903.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 5/22/98