Pot Spring Elementary building new playground [Cockeysville]

The playground at Pot Spring Elementary School gets a workout on a daily basis. During the school day, a rotating roster of the school’s nearly 500 students enjoy recess at the playground; after school hours, families in the community use the facility. The play space has entertained countless children – mine included – and now the time has come to renovate and expand the playground so that many more children can enjoy it well into the future.

The Pot Spring PTA, in conjunction with the school leaders, has taken on this huge project and are making great strides in raising the necessary money to complete the expansion. Thanks to a very successful Race for Education, a school-wide jog-a-thon held in November, which raised more than $16,000, the PTA is well on its way to reaching its lofty goal of $33,000. Other fundraising efforts have put them within $10,000 of their goal; now comes the final push as they call on parents, alumni, community partners and local businesses to get involved and help them make the new playground a reality.

The PTA is building a donor wall that will be filled with ceramic tiles that can be inscribed with donor names, messages, logos or a personal design created by the donor. The tiles will be color-coded to show the donor’s affiliation with the school, whether alumni, business or organization, family or individual, along with a dedication. Each tile is being offered at $40 and provide a great way to show gratitude to a special teacher, support staff member, or member of the school administration. This wall will, which can be moved, be on display during school hours and at all PTA-sponsored events. It sounds as if it will be a vibrant addition to the school.

For more information or to purchase a tile, please visit www.psepta.org/playground-expansion/.

Nine of our local students were among the sixty-two Baltimore County Public Schools students selected by audition to participate in the Maryland Music Educators Association’s Junior and Senior All-State Choirs, Bands, and Orchestras.

Congratulations to Sarah Shen and Adabelle Xie, who will perform on flute in the Senior Band and to Senior Orchestra participants Anna Boland and Megan Zhang on clarinet and David Chen on violin. On the junior level, Katie Urrutia, on bass clarinet, will perform with the band, while Kathy Yao, on violin, will play with the orchestra and Aidan Slowey, bass and Taylor Gonce, soprano, will sing with the chorus. Taylor is an 8th-grader at Cockeysville Middle School, while the others will represent Dulaney High School.

Each of these groups will hold showcase performances throughout the area in March 2018. It is quite an honor to be named to the All-State Ensembles and is a testament to the hours of hard-work and practice on the part of the students. In addition, more than 40 other Dulaney students were named to the All-County Honor Chorus, Band and Orchestras and will perform with their respective groups in February 2018. Congratulations to all these dedicated student musicians!

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