TEACHER Wendi Lax says, "It really makes the seniors smile."
She coordinates an intergenerational program at Glenwood Middle School that brings together sixth- and seventh-graders and older adults from Western Howard County Senior Center Plus.
The Senior Center Plus program caters to those with special needs.
Once a month, the senior citizens participate in an activity with the students and share lunch.
The students assist the seniors and serve them lunch.
This month, students and seniors will make holiday ornaments.
Jim Lee, president of Lee Financial Associates, celebrated his company's 30th anniversary at a holiday fete at the Manor House at Glenelg Country School last week.
Lee is a member of the school's board of trustees.
It was an opportunity for Lee, his associate and daughter Jennifer and the staff to say "thank you" to clients.
Many of those attending have been clients for three generations.
Lee began his career with a large New England insurance company and struck out on his own to establish an independent company that offers a range of investment and insurance products and services.
As client John Gale of Ellicott City said, "I began by buying a life insurance policy from Jim, and he became my friend for life."
"This celebration is about you, not Lee Financial," Lee told those gathered as he thanked them for their confidence and support over the years.
Among those who attended were Landon and Dallas Reeve, Tom and Pam Eyre and Rick and Sharon Thompson.
Live Nativity scene
Gethsemane Baptist Church will offer a live Nativity scene, including shepherds, Wise Men and animals, at 6: 30 p.m. and 7: 15 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
The church is at 14135 Burntwoods Road.
Another live Nativity scene will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Cupertino Friary, 12290 Folly Quarter Road.
The service represents an old Franciscan tradition known as the "Greccio experience" and will be conducted by the Rev. Bart Karwacki.
Greccio is the town in Italy where St. Francis popularized a Nativity scene using live animals.
The outdoor presentation will include costumed players, animals, readings and carols, replicating the Nativity scene presented by St. Francis.
Information: 410-531-2800, and leave a message.
Glenwood winter concert
The Glenwood Middle School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of David Apple, will hold its Winter Concert at 7: 30 tonight at the school, 2680 Route 97.
If you miss that performance, you can hear this group of young musicians at 2: 30 p.m. Saturday at Chatham Mall.
Welcoming the holidays
The holidays were officially welcomed by the Mount View Middle School Concert and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Shelly Williams, and the orchestra, directed by Kevin George.
The musicians performed Dec. 7 to the delight of a standing-room-only audience at Mount Hebron High School.
River Hill High School senior Theresa Thompson of Clarksville was recently named Miss Fire Prevention by the Maryland Fire Chiefs' Association.
Theresa is the daughter of Patricia and Terry Thompson.
Her father has been a member of the Clarksville Fire Department for 30 years. Her mother works at the Savage Fire Department.
Theresa, 17, is an emergency medical technician.
New authors, poets
Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School has a number of budding authors and poets.
Students who submitted an original short story or poem to Maryland's "Young Author's Contest" include second-graders Samantha Hines and Amanda Upchurch.
Third-grader Kyle Hofstetter also submitted work, as did fourth-graders Meghan Brown, Eric Munshower, Greg Potember, Claire Knudsen, Jake Anderson, Katherine Wright and Rob Towne.
Fifth-graders who submitted work include Nathan Fadrowski, Lauren Capps, Matt Barnes and Allison DeRemigis.
Samantha Hines' poem "The Big Grizzly Bear" was selected to represent Howard County in the statewide contest.
Pub Date: 12/17/98