Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Woodmont Academy brings holiday cheer to those in need

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Megan Arnold of Eldersburg visited with wounded soldiers in December at Walter Reed Medical Center with some of her classmates from Woodmont Academy in Cooksville. (From left) Sarah Turgeon, Carlly Williams, Megan, Connelly Magin and Morgan Richmond, seventh-graders at the school, are pictured with some of the soliders they met.
The Christmas season was a little brighter for many folks due to the efforts of Woodmont Academey students.

In December, the children helped others through a variety of service projects, which included feeding the homeless, playing bingo with the elderly and visiting wounded soldiers.

Woodmont seventh-grade girls collected and delivered food and goodies to wounded servicemen and women at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The girls decorated boxes filled with the goods with colorful pictures and positive messages, lining them up to create a “holiday train.“

“We met so many kind soldiers who really appreciated what we were doing for them,“ said student Megan Arnold of Eldersburg. “One lady, named Sandi, had been fighting in the war when she was diagnosed with cancer. A man, Patrick, had to have his leg amputated, because of an injury he got while serving in Iraq. Some of the soldiers were really funny, and all of them were happy to have served their country. After going to Walter Reed, we really appreciate what they did for us and our country.“

Boys in grades five through eight from Woodmont's Conquest Boys Club visited Vantage House Retirement Community in Columbia. Accompanied by teacher Mark Moran and Legiona of Christ Brother Ugo Piasentin, the boys played bingo with a small group of residents and visited others in their rooms.

Woodmont third-graders finished their second annual read-a-thon and donated $1,500 to Catholic Relief Services for humanitarian aid to Indonesia.

Even Woodmont's youngest students participated by preparing bag lunches and a fruit basket, which was delivered to Howard County Grassroots Homeless Shelter.

For more information about Woodmont Academy, visit www.woodmontacademy.org online.

Winners are honored for Martin Luther King Jr. essays

Congratulations to seven local students for their winning Martin Luther King Jr. essays in a contest sponsored by McDaniel College.

Winners include Kevin Hudson of Century High School, Maya Koepke of Sykesville Middle School and Alexander Stoneroad of Freedom Elementary School. Each will receive a cash prize and a gift bag.

This year’s honorable mentions include Sykesville Middle students Caroline Plescia and Tess Lawrence and Freedom Elementary students Ryan Kovack and Megan Wright.

The McDaniel College Office of Multicultural Services received more than 100 essays from Carroll County Public Schools. Students and their families were honored Monday at McDaniel’s Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony.

Students received a commemorative King T-shirt from the King Center in Atlanta and a gift bag.

High school students were asked to write about how they thought King would respond to local, national and global issues, such as youth violence, the Jenna 6 and the conflict in the Middle East. They were also asked to include what King would expect from youth of the 21st century.

Middle school students wrote a letter or speech voicing their opinion and outlining action steps to respond to the same issues.

Elementary school students were asked to think about how King practiced non-violence in an effort to create a beloved community. They wrote about steps they would take to create peace in their school, community and beyond.

Local students winnational poetry contest

Congratulations to three Oklahoma Road Middle seventh-graders who swept a national poetry contest.

Austin Fry, Meg Heffner and Sammy Showman won first through third place, respectively, for the 2007 ‘‘Together We’re Better” Inclusive Essay and Poster Contest.

The contest was held with National Inclusive Schools Week, Dec. 3-7, 2007 to help schools celebrate diverse abilities of students and to highlight the importance of providing equal opportunities for children with disabilities, according to a news release.

The contest was conducted by The Arc of Maryland in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education and the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

The 2007 winners are invited to the awards reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis where they will receive their prizes as well as citations from the Maryland House of Delegates and the State Senate.

Essay winners will receive cash awards and poster winners will receive a class party and teacher gift certificate. Winning posters will be displayed in the parade of posters at the reception.

To read the winning essays and view the posters, visit www.thearcmd.org and click on Programs ⁄ Education Advocacy.

Tour de Cure to trek through Sykesville

A 100-kilometer bike race will loop around Sykesville on June 7 to help raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

Cyclists can also opt for a 50-kilometer race in the Tour de Cure or a three-mile Family Fun Ride around Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, which is the starting point for all races.

The race will go on rain or shine.

Cyclists riding in the 50K or 100K must raise a minimum of $150 to participate. Adult cyclists in the Family Fun Ride must raise a minimum of $150 for the family to participate.

The early-bird registration fee is $15 if you register online by March 30. Registration costs $20 after March 30 and $25 on the day of the event.

For more info, visit tour.diabetes.org⁄site⁄TR⁄TourdeCure⁄TDC101028030?pg=entry&fr_id=5007 online.