Harrison Morson, a member of the Glenwood Lions, recently visited Bushy Park Elementary School to speak at a Leo Club meeting.

Harrison said of the morning meeting, which was led by Lion Kristan Bond, adviser to the Leo Club, "What a way to start the day — with an exciting experience with a group of enthusiastic youngsters."


Harrison told the youngsters how privileged the Lions feel to have this school partnership, as well as how proud the Lions are of the service outreach projects the students are pursuing.

The Leos recently held a Pennies for Patients fundraiser (Lymphoma and Leukemia Society), raising over $3,920 for the cause. Advisers Kristan and Debbie Carroll toted the change to a Lisbon bank for coin counting.

Just prior to the winter school break, the club wrapped up its Harvest for the Hungry food collection campaign. Upon return to school in January, these young Leos will embark on a book drive to support several schools in Long Beach, N,Y., where libraries were devastated by superstorm Sandy.

Meanwhile, Bushy Park would like to congratulate those students who were named as finalists in the annual PTA Reflections Art Program. The student's work in the areas of visual arts, photography or literature will now compete at the county level, and possibly move on to state competition.

Winners in the primary grades were Kennedy Richman,Catherine Taylor, and Michael Richman. Intermediate grade winners were Caleb Taylor,David Richman and Maggie Yin.

Glenelg High School also had students who participated in the PTA Reflections Art Program. Glenelg Students who had winning entries that will now compete at the county level are Stephanie Asher and Zoe Read, each with a photography entry; Sara Hart with a dance choreography entry; and Sarah Wieder with a film production entry. Good luck to all of these students.

Speaking of art, the following 8th grade students at Glenwood Middle School have all had a piece of artwork selected for display at the Howard County Art Department's 8th Grade Showcase at the Howard County Board of Education: Kyle Daly, Kristen Hume, Carley Allen, Anna Hall, Gabe Taylor and Hannah Golway.

At Folly Quarter Middle School, students completed a perspective drawing in color. Of the 75 8th grade art students, five were selected to participate in the 8th Grade Showcase: Freddie Mistichelli, Victoria Gulas, Abby Nichols, Iris Yu and Margaret Rosburg. This Board of Education art show will run through Jan. 23.

Do you have a student who started attending kindergarten six years ago when Dayton Oaks Elementary first opened? The school is looking for alumni of that class to attend a special reception on Jan. 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The reception will celebrate a commemorative art project that was completed during the 2011-2012 school year. Students and staff sculpted clay medallions to commemorate the first class to attend Dayton Oaks from kindergarten through fifth grade. Current sixth graders and their families from Lime Kiln Middle School and Folly Quarter Middle School are welcome to join.

If you are the parent of a middle school student who will attend high school next fall, you may be interested in a local high school parent orientation session. Glenelg High School and River Hill High School will each host a Parent Orientation on Jan. 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the respective school's auditorium. Parents will learn about the course registration process, as well as what electives 9th graders are eligible to register for.

Calling dads and their daughters, ages 4-12. The holidays are over, and we are looking at the long cold days of January. Time to shake the winter blues away. Dads (or other special adult) and daughters are invited to the Gary J. Arthur Community Center on Jan. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the annual Snowflake Ball.

The event includes refreshments, live DJ, dancing, games, crafts and an ice cream sundae bar. Dads, remember to bring your camera to capture priceless moments. The $32 fee for center members includes participation of one adult and one child (the fee for non-members is $40); each additional daughter is $16 for center members and $20 for non-members. Inclement weather date will be January 19. Preregistration required. To register or for additional information, call 410-313-4840.