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Deborah Castleman, reading specialist at Dayton Oaks Elementary School, wants to thank the teachers and the many parent volunteers for the hours they spent making their "Walk in the PARCC … With a Good Book" into a successful evening.

This literacy event held at the end of January was an educational opportunity for parents and a story time for students. While Principal Carol DeBord, Assistant Principal Heather Tracy and staff members were presenting information about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test to the adults, other staff members and volunteers were reading their favorite books to the children.

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Over 120 children from pre-kindergarteners through fifth graders listened to bedtime stories, and enjoyed milk and cookies thanks to the school Parent Teacher Association. Many volunteers were essential to make this such a smoothly run event. Parents and grandparents now know more about the new assessment tests, and even had the opportunity to take a practice test on line, while the children enjoyed a cozy story time.

Congratulations to Robby Creese, a 2011 graduate of Glenelg High School and current Penn State senior, for running a sub-four-minute mile with a time of 3:57:86 in a meet early in February. Creese set the meet record with a time that is the top in the nation so far this year. Robby's parents, Rob and Denie Gorbey-Creese, who is the cluster nurse for Bushy Park Elementary School and Glenwood Middle School, are very proud.

There are lots of opportunities to eat good food and support great causes this month. When you dine at Mama Millies, the Italian Restaurant in Glenelg, during the week of Monday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 28, you can help raise money for the Glenelg Marching Unit. Mention the Marching Unit when you order, and the unit will benefit whether you eat in or carry out. Enjoy a full week of good eating.

The Glenelg High School National Honor Society is holding a benefit dinner on Friday, Feb 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glenelg High School. The catered dinner with guest speakers and musical entertainment by the Glenelg Band and Orchestra will benefit children's cancer research. Tickets are $20.

The next feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood will be Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Note the new time. The food will be Italian, donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille in the Inwood Shopping Center. Dinner will cost $9 per person with a cap of $30 for a family. Children 5 and under are free. You can eat at the church or take dinner home with you. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Bridges to Housing Stability, an organization which helps Howard County residents who are homeless or in danger of losing their home. You can learn more at bridges2hs.org. Lynne Quinn wants to remind you to bring your friends and neighbors; everyone is welcome. For more information call the church at 410-489-4035.

Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine welcomes the community to Lenten suppers in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday nights during Lent. From Tuesday, Feb. 24, through Tuesday, March 24, you can share soup, bread and devotions from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. As the church continues the celebration of the 125th anniversary year, they have scheduled a community-wide summer picnic for Sunday, July 26. For more information about Calvary, call the church at 410-489-5280 or go to http://www.calvarylutheranmd.net.

Mark your calendars for Glenelg High School's spring play, "Hello, Dolly," starring Lola Fadiran as Dolly, and featuring a large cast of performers. The play will be presented Thursday, March 5, through Sunday, March 8. You won't want to miss this performance, since this will be Sue Miller's last year as the Glenelg drama teacher.

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