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Spanish students' skill translates into aiding others


HOWARD HIGH School juniors Callie Same and Joy Wan put their knowledge of the Spanish language to work recently by translating documents for Howard County's Domestic Violence Center, said Jennifer Lohrfinck, who teaches advanced Spanish at the school.

The students, who are in an independent research course under Lohrfinck's guidance, wanted to learn about translation, which takes nuances of language and context into consideration, Lohrfinck said.

Lohrfinck, a graduate of Centennial High School and Loyola College, has been a Spanish teacher at Howard High School for six years. She said she knew translation help was needed at the center because her friend Pat Maschadi is the children's program director there.

The first thing the students translated was a script that translators could use while working with Spanish-speaking clients in need of counseling. It took the students about a week to translate the script, double-check it and type it, Lohrfinck said. The next project will be translating children's books that are used in treatment.

"They are really interested in doing other projects in the community where they can utilize their Spanish," Lohrfinck said of Callie and Joy. She hopes students who do independent research in the spring will get involved in similar activities.

"I would rather do something that is going to benefit someone," she said. "This has been the favorite thing so far of all the things we've done in advanced research ... because they feel so many people can benefit."

Kids dig deep

More than two months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, local schoolchildren continue to dig deep into their pockets to help its victims.

Youths at Hollifield Station Elementary School recently organized a "Nickels for New York" campaign, placing jars around the school for donations. The idea started with Elizabeth Nass and was implemented with the help of Mike Quigg, Bonnie Phillips, Becca Stanford, Aidan Hoolachan and Becky Yep.

Natalie Dohner made and sold flag pins, raising $123.50.

Andrew Athen, Kevin Schmidt, Carl Schmidt, Charlie Kries and Joe Valentino raised $64.19 by making and selling friendship bracelets.

Robby Engle, Adam Watkins, Cory Kyser and Sam Cassard sold books and raised $76.

In all, the schoolchildren raised more than $2,400, which was donated to the Red Cross in a ceremony Nov. 8.

The school also was recognized by Phil Straw, a representative from Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett's office, for its fund-raising drive to help the children of Afghanistan. Pupils collected $300 for relief efforts there.

At Worthington Elementary School, first-graders found sponsors and then participated in a 10-minute hopping session to raise money for relief efforts. In addition, children throughout the school raised money with a "Kids Care" coin drive, putting money in jars that had been placed in their classrooms. They also wrote letters of encouragement and sympathy to children in New York City.

Youths at Dunloggin Middle School donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross.

Art show

Local artists Jung Henning and Jann Tamburello will be among those whose work will be featured at a fine arts and crafts show next month at Columbia Art Center.

The event, sponsored by Columbia Association Art Center, will show pottery, photographs, jewelry, sculpture, paintings and other works, all for sale at $150 or less. An opening reception will be held Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 410-730-0075.

Holiday mart

More than 120 artisans will sell holiday-themed merchandise at a "Holiday Mart" sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks on Dec. 1 and 2.

The mart will be at Centennial High School in Ellicott City. Admission will be $4 for adults; $1 for children ages 3-12. Food will be sold. Information: 410-313-7275.

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