Event to focus in environment

The Baltimore Sun

Families and students from Annapolis, Eastport and Germantown Elementary schools will participate this week in an environmentally conscious night of family fun.

Go Green Family Night will be held tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis, 121 South Villa.

The students are planning a night of activities to promote a healthful environment, including making valentines out of reused newspapers and magazines, and sorting through mock bags of trash to see how trash can be reduce by recycling.

Families will test their environmental consciousness by taking energy-saving quizzes.

More than 400 people have signed up to attend. Some families will be provided with transportation.

The event includes dinner, door prizes, T-shirts and craft projects.

Federal Title I funds, made available to schools with high poverty rates, and donations from local businesses and community organizations helped pay for the program.

The event marks the first time the three schools have collaborated on an environmental program, which was developed with the help of the staff at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center.

For more information, call Anne-Marie Dammeyer at Arlington Echo, 410-222-3822; or Eastport Elementary teacher Jane Hall at 410-222-1605.

Lecture to focus on Queen Anne

Sherri Marsh, vice chair of the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, will lecture Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. on "Our Namesake: Queen Anne of Great Britain" as part of St. John's College's History Lecture Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel Trust for Historic Preservation and Friends of St. John's College.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium after a candlelit dinner in Randall Hall.

The series marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of Annapolis.

Broadneck honored for excellence

State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick has presented Broadneck Elementary School with a flag marking it as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Broadneck is the 12th Anne Arundel County school to earn the distinction and the first in the Broadneck cluster.

Principal Alison Lee, who started at Broadneck two years ago, has led two other schools, Folger McKinsey Elementary and Jones Elementary, to the distinction.

The Maryland State Department of Education bestows the Blue Ribbon status on six schools each year. Schools are recognized for academics, teacher retention, parental involvement and staff support. Academically, they must be consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of state schools or the most improved on standardized exams. In both categories, state officials look at data gathered during the past three years.

At Broadneck, at least 95 percent of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders scored at proficient or advanced levels on the Maryland School Assessment reading and math exams during the 2006-2007 school year.

Broadneck is eligible to become a National Blue Ribbon School, an honor that has gone to other county schools, the most recent being Severna Park Middle School in 2006.

School to hold art events Feb. 20

Folger McKinsey Elementary will host an art show and Art To Remember Night on Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The evening will include art displays by student artists and opportunities for students to create artistic gifts for families.

For information, contact the event chairwoman, Kathleen Wallace, at wallacegirls3 @yahoo.com.

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