Elderly share wisdom with students


TWO GENERATIONS OF students came together last week at Oklahoma Road Middle School to visit and make comparisons of school days past and present.

Eighth-graders in teacher Kathy Morgan's family and consumer science class welcomed nine senior citizens from Eldersburg Care for a tour and discussions about education and other topics. The project was part of a recent study unit on current social issues.

"Hopefully, this chance to meet and visit with us will open up some dialogue between the students and our visitors," said Morgan.

After touring the school with eager student guides, the seniors were served refreshments and treated to guitar solos by student Matt Rowdon.

Students then interviewed seniors on many topics, including teen-age fashions and hairstyles, first jobs held by the seniors and the aspects of a typical school day of many years ago.

Today's technology seemed to be the most astonishing aspect of school for many of the visitors.

"A computer in every room," exclaimed Doris Harshman. "I just can't get over that."

Showing off the county's newest middle school was fun for the students.

"I liked being in charge of some of the visit, and I liked being a tour guide," said Jenny Yost. "I learned that older people are really nice."

Gymkhana performs

Students from the University of Maryland's Gymkhana Troupe performed for Freedom Elementary students and their families Friday evening.

The group of three dozen students held the large crowd nearly spellbound with its demonstrations of strength, agility and extraordinary physical fitness. The performance was at Oklahoma Road Middle School.

The University of Maryland students are the latest in a long line of Gymkhana members who have traveled throughout the region to promote drug-free living to young people.

The troupe was founded in 1946 on the College Park campus and has continued to be a positive source of energy for audiences and group participants.

"It was really cool," said Jill Bankard, a fifth-grader. "Some of the tricks were really breathtaking because you didn't know what would happen next."

A feat of sheer strength and balance involving three ladders, three men and six women drew an especially loud response from the crowd. The Gymkhana Troupe was sponsored by the Freedom PTA and brought to perform through the efforts of physical education teacher Elaine Cherneski.

Blast volleyball

Members of the faculty and staff at Piney Ridge Elementary School will face a challenge as they take sides against members of the Baltimore Blast in a volleyball game at 7 p.m. Monday in the gym at Liberty High School.

The game has become an annual event for Piney Ridge. Proceeds are used for PTA events. Children bringing a nonperishable food item for Neighbors in Need will be admitted free.

Advance tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for students. Tickets at the door are $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Information: Linda Combs, 410-549-5982.

Valentine bazaar

St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sykesville will hold its annual Your Heart's Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall.

In addition to fresh flower arrangements and bouquets, homemade candy, crafts, make-and-take Valentine table and children's items, the United Methodist Women will offer lunch.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Paul's mission projects. The church is at 7538 Main St., Sykesville.

Information: Dinah Riehl, 410-795-9412.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 2/09/99

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