Long Reach High students get a look at the world of marketing


LONG REACH High School students who participated in Cooperative Work Experience II had an opportunity to learn about the business of marketing.

First, teacher Anita Brown-Lee met with Pepsi-Cola plant manager Rick Patterson to coordinate a learning experience focused on marketing a new product, called, aptly, Suburban Soda.

The students began the marketing process with a taste-test session in the school cafeteria.

They collected and presented data to teacher Leslie Thomas' computer applications class.

Using a spread sheet, they planned product inventory, deliveries, projected sales, receipts and profits.

A two-for-one sale at school was well received. The incentive increased sales and helped their potential sales spreadsheet column.

Since organization and planning are skills needed in every area of life, the lessons made possible by the project should go a long way.

Oakland Middle School Principal Carl Perkins reports that the school's Educational Partnership with TGI Friday's restaurant proved to be a useful incentive for many students.

TGI Friday's awarded dinner coupons to 67 students with perfect attendance and a 3.5-or-better grade point average on their semester report cards.

Members of the school's staff received coupons for the leadership and encouragement they provided.

Swimming safely

Swimming is fun, healthy exercise and a skill that can be a resource throughout life.

The Columbia Association provides a free "Water Wise" program for children of Columbia Association members at many of its outdoor swimming pools.

The classes are designed to help swimmers feel comfortable and safe in the water by teaching them "swimming basics."

The instructors are certified, experienced lifeguards.

Children learn basic but vital skills: to float, flutter-kick, dog-paddle, put their faces in the water, open their eyes underwater and how to change direction in the water.

They learn safety rules at the pool.

If younger than age 8 or nonswimmers, the children must be with an adult.

East Columbia's Water Wise program begins June 22 at Huntington in the Kings Contrivance village and Stevens Forest in Oakland Mills village -- both at 3 p.m.

The next day, the program will be held at 3 p.m. at Kendall Ridge in Long Reach village and at 8: 30 a.m. at Dasher Green in Owen Brown village.

MacGills Common begins its program at 10: 30 a.m. June 30 at and Thunder Hill begins its Water Wise program at 3 p.m. the same day.

During July, six more pools will offer the program.

Pool telephone numbers and addresses are listed on page 53 of the Columbia phone book

A timely collection

Just in time for Father's Day! Meet author Courtney Garton at noon on Saturday at Borders Books in Snowden Square, Snowden River Parkway.

Then give an autographed copy of the book, called, "Napkins," to your father, husband or son.

This is not a "how to" book. Its pages are filled with loving messages written by Garton on napkins that he tucked into lunches sent to school with his daughters, Cara and Adrienne.

Cara kept all of her napkin notes in a shoe box, which she presented to her father as she was leaving for college with the suggestion that he write a book.

"Napkins" has a local connection. The book is published by Columbia residents Marsha and Perry Berman of Perry Publishing. They are former owners of "Cover To Cover Bookstore and Cafe" in the Owen Brown shopping center.

Garton was seen nationally on the Oprah Winfry show and is included in a recent issue of People magazine.

Author at school

Principal Bill Payne extends thanks to volunteers who helped Stevens Forest Elementary's media specialists Michelle Van Gieson and Bill Arbelaez make author-illustrator Loreen Leedy's visit a success.

Leedy's visit to the school was sponsored by the PTA. Payne has added a number of volunteers to his list of those due thanks: Carole Nathan and Martha Graf for their yearlong efforts in the school's health room, helping health assistant Lorraine Vandervat.

Lunch with the chief

Members of Hammond High's Environmental Club had lunch with Gov. Parris N. Glendening and attended seminars at the Governor's Youth Environmental Summit in Baltimore.

The club's adviser, Joan Niland, who teaches science and mathematics, accompanied Emily Grason, Janna Kaye, Amy Swantko and Rachelle Thorne as they collected a full day's worth of information and ideas to present to their group when it meets in the fall.

This year, the Hammond club donated money to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and adopted a stream.

For next year, the club members are planning field trips and a fund-raiser to support an environmental group and attend seminars.

Summer program

New Hope Lutheran Church -- at 8575 Guilford Road in Kings Contrivance village -- and St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic parish in Fulton have combined forces to offer two children's' summer programs.

A music program for children in grades one through six will be held at St. Francis during one week in July.

New Hope will be the site for a vacation Bible school July 20 to 24 for children ages 3 1/2 to those entering sixth grade.

The children will study Christians in five countries to learn how they pray.

HOPE (Hear Our Prayer Everywhere) World Tour, God's Kids Pray! is the theme of this year's Bible school.

Information: 410-997-5019.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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