FOR THE SECOND TIME in six months, pupils from Friendship Valley Elementary School will be honored at the governor's mansion in Annapolis.
Fifth-graders Katie Allen, Tim Evelius, Brittany Byers, T J Farley, Will Landon, Patricia Repsher, Kurt Udseth, Anna Zawacki and their parents will participate in a dedication ceremony to "Celebrate the Holidays through Literature" at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Their invitations came from Gov. Parris N. Glendening and first lady Frances Hughes Glendening after each pupil, under the direction of Friendship Valley art teacher Deb Welle, created ornaments for Christmas trees at the mansion.
Each year pupils in middle school and high school have been invited to submit ornaments for the trees, but this year, for the first time, elementary school pupils were asked to help out.
Little notice was given that elementary schools could participate. The ornaments were due Nov. 4, so Welle opted to ask only a few children to create one of two types of ornaments for the trees -- a rabbit or a bird in a nest.
"I'm really proud of these students, and this was such a great way to showcase their work," Welle said. "I think we'll hear about the event earlier next year so we can include all the students from first through fifth grade."
In addition to the ceremony, the pupils and their parents will enjoy a buffet and receive certificates for their creations.
In June, six pupils from Friendship Valley Elementary School won a statewide poster contest "Looking to a Bright Future."
Their victories earned invitations from Mrs. Glendening to a similar reception at the mansion.
Welle attributes part of the pupils' success in these endeavors to their parents.
"The students were persistent about creating strong art work, and they had lots of support from their parents," Welle said. "These events really reveal the success of being a community of learners, not just the student and the teacher working alone."
Shop while children create
The Westminster Juniorette STARS Club is again providing a program where parents may leave children while they shop.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Westminster United Methodist Church, children can create as many as 10 craft items, play games and eat snacks while parents shop until all items on their lists have been checked off.
It's part of the club's annual Santa's Workshop, which welcomes children ages 4 to 10. Admission to the workshop is $12. Advance registration is required.
* Information: 410-857-1010.
Thanksgiving in Africa
The Rebert family continues its missionary work in Africa. Jerry, Lillie and daughters Jill, Heather and Leah enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving, which they did not expect.
Lillie Rebert recently wrote: "A farm about an hour's drive from here raises turkeys especially for the Americans for this holiday. The school purchased many, and so Jerry helped pick up all the birds for the festive occasion. I didn't get my hopes up, as usually you are in for a big disappointment.
"To my surprise, we enjoyed every tasty morsel and it was very good. We had a 12 kilo turkey, that's about 26 pounds and $45 later. But at least it was worth the money. Since Jerry works with the nationals, he had to work in the morning. Later that evening, hundreds of missionaries poured in from all over Kenya. We had lots of house guests during that time."
Lillie Rebert works in the student health center at Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for 500 missionary children. Jerry Rebert is the maintenance store supervisor for the academy, and their children are students there -- each on the honor roll.
A care package from Carroll County is being prepared for the Reberts. Information: 410-848-4703.
Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 12/07/98