CONGRATULATIONS to George Fox Middle School on being selected as an award-winning demonstration school by the We the People ... Project Citizen program for its effort in promoting civic education and responsibility among students.
Project Citizen is a nationwide, middle-school educational program and competition administrated by the Center for Civic Education.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan agency encourages student interest in developing public policy and promotes competent and responsible citizen participation in state and local government.
Students participating in the program learn about the inner workings of state and local governments by creating solutions to issues that affect citizens.
Classes select a topic, research the issue and offer solutions. Classwork is assembled into a portfolio and entered in the nationwide contest.
For the past three years, Cathy Brock's U.S. history classes at Fox have finished in the top 10 of the national competition.
"Principal Kevin Dennehy has been very supportive of the Project Citizen program," said James Adomanis, director of the Maryland Center for Civic Education.
All five of Brock's classes participated in this year's competition. The subjects selected by the teen-agers included a championship winner, "Soliciting at Intersections," and two second-place winners, "Lack of Sidewalks" and "Oyster and Crab Shortages in the Bay."
"The Soliciting at Intersections project has piqued the interest of several local government officials," Adomanis said.
Last year's entries focused on the proposed dumping of dredge spoil near several Pasadena waterfront communities. The research done by the pupils helped residents defeat the proposal.
To celebrate, Adomanis and a host of local dignitaries will unveil a banner that officially designates George Fox Middle School a We the People ... Project Citizen Demonstration School at a ceremony starting at 8:30 a.m. next Friday.
"Next week is Constitutional History Week and American Legislators Back to School Week. We couldn't think of a more appropriate time to honor the school and its students for their efforts," Adomanis said.
Orchard Beach events
Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Department members have a busy weekend ahead.
Tonight they will open the fire hall for a youth dance and games from 6:30 to 10:30. The event is open to kids ages 8 to 12 and will feature music and carnival games. Admission is $4 per child.
Jane Huffman, event organizer, said children who take a safety message with them to the dance will receive free tickets to play the games. Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the fun. All children must be signed in and out by a parent.
Tomorrow, volunteers will be out in the community collecting donations for the statewide Fill the Boot fund-raiser for the Maryland Fallen Firefighters Memorial that will be built in Annapolis.
The memorial will honor the 325 men and women in Maryland's fire departments, emergency medical services and rescue services who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the 1840s.
Donations also can be sent to the Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Foundation Inc., 3313 Reason Circle, Lansdowne 21227.
Information: John Spiker, 410-360-1257; or Jane Huffman, 410-255-0921.
VFW bingo, dinner
The Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2462 will hold its monthly Sunday dinner and bingo Sept. 29 at the post home, 1720 Bayside Beach Road.
The doors will open at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 and includes dinner, served with a dessert and a beverage, and 20 regular games of bingo. The event will also include raffles, door prizes and a Chinese auction.
Tickets or information: Rosemarie Billing-Briggs, 410-255-7101; or Kate Kane, 410-255-4053.
Pasadena trade show
Plans are under way for the trade show sponsored by the Pasadena Business Association that will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Earleigh Heights fire hall on Ritchie Highway.
Booth rentals are $150 and offer local business owners the opportunity to present their products or services to the community and meet with other association members. Last year more than 600 people attended the annual event.
Information: Jim Anderson, 410-766-2645; or Carol Cross, 410-987-4887.