Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Getting ready for the prom at Sherwood High

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Sherwood High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association will hold fundraising opportunities this weekend — a community yard sale and a local business exposition — to support Sherwood’s After Prom 2008.

Both events are free to attend.

The business exposition, ‘‘A Prom to Remember,” is open to local businesses with services and products related to prom fun and safety, and is co-sponsored by Martin’s Sedan Service.

The showcase will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday outside the front entrance of Sherwood High School, 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Sandy Spring. For more information, send an e-mail

The yard sale will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sherwood High School cafeteria and offers tables for local residents to display gently used items or businesses to present new products.

Interested parties can reserve a table for $25 for gently used items and $40 for new items by sending an e-mail to

Both activities will benefit the Sherwood after-prom event, which offers entertainment, games, music and food in a safe environment open to all students who attend the prom.

‘‘The Sherwood High School After Prom event ... offers a safe place for juniors and seniors who’ve attended prom to come together and extend their prom experience,” Sharon St. Pierre, president of the Sherwood PTSA, said in a prepared statement. ‘‘We’re so pleased that local businesses participate, and we hope that local residents will come to these activities so we can raise the money we need to host a great evening for the students.”

A chance to pitch in

Cheeburger Cheeburger of Olney will donate a percentage of proceeds from dine-in or take-out orders 5-9 p.m. April 8 to the Olney Relay for Life.

The event is sanctioned by the American Cancer Society to raise money for research and awareness. The Olney Relay will be held May 31 and June 1 at Sherwood High School.

For more information, send an e-mail to Cynthia Halper at, call 301-774-4903 or

Loiederman teacher earns Agnes Meyer award

Gwen McWhorter, mathematics resource teacher at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheaton, has been named the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County.

The award, sponsored by The Washington Post, is presented annually to one teacher from each Washington metropolitan area school district.

McWorter, who greets all 350 sixth-graders at the school by name as they arrive in the morning, is recognized for instilling a desire to excel through her love of math.

As well as chairing the math department, facilitating professional development, and serving as a technology ‘‘guru,” she works each day with struggling Math 6 students in 90-minute classes — twice the math instruction provided to the majority of Loiederman students.

‘‘Ms. McWhorter is beloved by all students because she instills in them a desire to learn and excel,” Loiederman Principal Alison Serino said in a prepared statement. ‘‘She can ‘sell’ math because she believes in the opportunities it holds for kids.”

McWhorter was a math, alternative and computer applications teacher at North Bethesda Middle School and a math resource teacher at Parkland Middle School in Aspen Hill before going to Loiederman in 2005 to help staff the math department for the opening of the new school.

Mary Gaitskill headlines authors at Fitzgerald event

Renowned author Mary Gaitskill will read from her work at the spring gathering of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference. The event will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Rockville VisArts Center.

Gaitskill has been nominated for the National Book Award, National Book Critics’ Circle Award and PEN⁄Faulkner Award. She is the author of ‘‘Two Girls, Fat and Thin,” ‘‘Veronica,” ‘‘Bad Behavior” and ‘‘Because They Wanted To.”

Her short story ‘‘Secretary” was made into a feature film.

Gaitskill will be joined by four local authors: Dave Housley, Nathan Leslie, Susan Muaddi-Darraj and Lalita Noronha.

The event is free to members of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference Inc. and their guests, and the cost is $10 for the general public. There will be a minimal charge for students.

Parking at Town Center is free after 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

For directions to VisArts, visit

To learn more about this event or about the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, send an e-mail or

Help needed to deliver kosher meals

JSSA, a nonsectarian social service agency based in Rockville that serves the greater Washington area, is seeking volunteers to deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels to frail, homebound elders.

With the assistance of volunteers, JSSA has been able to deliver more than 30,000 meals each year and help clients remain independent in their own homes.

Each weekday morning, JSSA volunteers pick up meals at the Melvin J. Hebrew Academy in Aspen Hill and deliver them to elders in Montgomery County and Northwest Washington.

There is no minimum time commitment for volunteer drivers and mileage reimbursement is available. For further information or to volunteer, call Diane Hays-Earp at JSSA at 301-816-2639.

Community Ministriessponsoring raffle, gala

Community Ministries of Rockville is sponsoring a raffle to raise fund for the programs and services it offers to area residents.

The grand prize of the raffle will be a 40-inch Samsung 1080 LCD high-definition television.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the group’s Best of Rockville gala, to be held May 9, said Executive Director Mark Poletunow.

The cost for a single ticket is $15 and two tickets may be purchased for $25.

Community Ministries will award six prizes at the event, with second prize being a Bose DVD home entertainment system. The remaining prizes will be iPod’s.

Tickets are available at the gorup’s offices at 114 West Montgomery Ave. in Rockville or from any board or staff member.

Volunteers neededfor tutoring program

Three Montgomery County nonprofits, the George B. Thomas Learning Academy, Interages and Passion for Learning, are seeking volunteer tutors for the Ruth Rales—Comcast Kids Reading Network Program.

The one-on-one tutorial program, offered at 56 Montgomery County public schools, provides extra reading help to struggling second-graders on a weekly basis.

Training and ongoing support, plus tutoring materials and books, will be provided.

Some of the elementary schools in need of volunteers include Olney, Cedar Grove in Germantown and Dr. Sally K. Ride in Germantown.

For more information and to find out how to volunteer, contact MCPS at 301-279-3890 or visit⁄readingnetwork.

If you have an interesting note about the people and the events of Olney, Brookeville, Sandy Spring and Ashton, send it to Judith Hruz, Editor, The Olney Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877; or e-mail it to me at Our fax numbers are 301-670-7182 or 301-670-7183. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. All items subject to editing and space availability.