Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Elementary school undergoes landscaping makeover

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Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring has a new look thanks to the ‘‘Founders Day” event held June 20 by Brickman, a Gaithersburg-based landscaping company.

Each year as part of a community outreach project, Brickman chooses a site that is in need of landscape improvements. Members of the company’s Gaithersburg corporate office worked with a landscape crew to prepare flower beds and mulching materials around the school.

‘‘We’re not landscapers, we’re accountants, so not only is it a chance to give back to the community, but it’s also a chance to build our team,” Brickman communications manager Margie Holly said.

The most significant addition was a new garden in front of the school that will be dedicated to former principal Jody Leleck in the fall.

‘‘They really did it right... it will be a real focal point when you come in the building,” said assistant principal Luis San Sebastian. ‘‘We’re thrilled. One of the things that we’ve been trying to do all year is create a positive image of the school.”

Silver Spring student gets community service award

Jordan P. Hall, a Silver Spring resident and a student at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C., has received The Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award for superior citizenship and achievement, according to a news release from the Hamilton Friends Association.

As one of 50 national recipients judged by their community service achievements, Hall will receive a cash award, a copy of the biography, Alexander Hamilton, autographed by its author Ron Chernow, and a celebratory proclamation signed by Doug Hamilton, the fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton.

Hall is a reading tutor to fourth- and seventh-graders at For Love of Children in the District and helped organize a school trip to South Africa where students helped distribute aid to children orphaned by HIV⁄AIDS, according to the release.

Blake student receivescollege scholarship

Gregory Jaeger, a Silver Spring resident and 2008 graduate of James Hubert Blake High School, was awarded an Academic Honor Scholarship to Frostburg State University in Frostburg. Jaeger will attend Frostburg in the fall.

Springbrook student wins global community award

Springbrook High School student Eirene Wany was one of 12 high school sophomores and juniors from the U.S. and Canada to win the EF Educational Tour Global Citizen Award, according to a news release from EF Educational Tours.

The award encourages students to think about their roles in local and global communities. Besides being nominated for the award by the school, Wany wrote an essay about her experience as an exchange student in Argentina and her host mother, Ana.

Wany and the other award winners will take part in an 11-day, expenses paid EF educational Tour to Europe which includes stops in Switzerland, France and Italy.

Blair student receives scholarship to study abroad

Vanessa Hoy from Takoma Park was one of 30 students nationwide to be awarded an AFS 2008 Arabic Summer Language Institute Scholarship, according to a news release from AFS Intercultural Programs.

The program awards full scholarships for a six-week Arabic language study program this summer in Cairo, Egypt. Hoy will also get an opportunity to visit historical sites and learn about Egyptian culture by living with a host family.

Vehicles neededfor educational programs

The Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation needs donated vehicles for Montgomery County Public Schools high school auto educational programs.

The foundation, which is a licensed used car dealership, provides auto students at four county high schools with an opportunity for hands-on experience in the field, according to foundation specialist Judyn Rengers. The foundation will accept any vehicle and donations are tax-deductible. For more information call 301-962-4810 or visit

Calvary Lutheran students give to charity

Students at Calvary Lutheran School in Silver Spring raised $2,500 for the American Heart Association through a ‘‘Jump for Heart” event, according to a news release from the school.

Students jumped rope, jumped hula hoops, and jumped on a moon bounce, along with various other exercises to earn money pledged to help people suffering from heart conditions.

Students also gave $550 to Lutheran World Relief for Sudan, which helps to provide water, health clinics, nutrition programs, school repair, and many other services.

St. John’s student gets Hispanic Heritage award

Takoma Park resident Amanda Trejo, a student at St. John’s College High School, was awarded the bronze medallion June 11 at the 11th annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony on Capitol Hill.

The award is given to students who demonstrate leadership in the classroom and serve as community role models.

Local student wins Best Buy scholarship

Casey McGrath, a 2008 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel, was recently awarded a Best Buy scholarship, according to a news release from the company. McGrath plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing in the fall, according to the release. Scholarship recipients were selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and work experience, according to the release.

Springbrook student selected for summer program

Juliana Atabong, a Springbrook High School junior, has been selected to attend the Telluride Association Summer Program at Cornell University this summer, according to a news release from Springbrook.

Newspaper editor, author speak to classes

Alberto Avendaño, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of El Tiempo Latino, was a special guest speaker in Carol Middlebrook’s Spanish classes at Springbrook High School. He is the husband of Zunilda Garro, a member of Springbrook’s foreign language department. During his presentation, he talked about the Spanish Diaspora and how Latinos should have pride in their rich language and culture. He made students understand that Latino culture is a part of the American fabric of society.

Latino author Mario Bencastro spoke with students in Springbrook’s foreign language department. He writes about his experiences in El Salvador. The class is reading one of his novels. He autographed them and they were delighted.

Bencastro, born in Ahuachapán, El Salvador, in 1949, is the author of award-winning works that explore the drama of the Salvadoran civil war, the Diaspora of millions of Latin American emigrants, and the difficulties of the bicultural and bilingual life of many young Latinos in the United States.

Student honored for plumbing work at trade school

Springbrook student Sebastien Robasson, a native of Guyana, is ‘‘Student of the Year” in plumbing at the Edison School of Technology. Sebastien is an 11th-grader who takes academic courses at Springbrook in the morning and learns a trade at Edison in the afternoon, according to a news release from Springbrook.


Kennedy foundation to host fundraising golf tourney

The John F. Kennedy High School Educational Foundation invites the public to participate in the first annual Cavalier Classic Golf Tournament 9 a.m. Oct. 17 at Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring.

The registration fee is $150 per golfer, or $500 per foursome. Registration includes greens fees, golf cart, and post-golf awards lunch. Prizes will be awarded, and a limited amount of corporate sponsorships are also available.

The Kennedy High School Educational Foundation was launched in September 2007 to support the people and programs at Kennedy High School. In its first four months of existence, the JFK Ed Foundation, founded by a small group of JFK parents, alumni, staff and local business leaders, has created an alumni network, a local business network, and raised more than $40,000 for the school.

Additional details about the golf tournament can be found at

Additional information about the Foundation and registration information for the Cavalier Classic, can be found at www.JFKEdFoundation.Org, or by contacting tournament director Richard Glover at or 240-299-7188.

Reading tutors needed

Nonprofit organizations the George B. Thomas Learning Academy, Interages and Passion for Learning are looking for volunteer reading tutors to work with elementary school students as part of the Ruth Rales Comcast Kids Reading Network.

Training and materials are provided at host schools: East Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Woodlin, Sligo Creek, Oak View, Rolling Terrace, Montgomery Knolls and New Hampshire Estates elementary schools.

Schools with a need for tutors in the Wheaton area include Arcola, Glenallan, Sargent Shriver and Harmony Hills elementary schools.

Middle and high school students can receive community service hours for volunteering. Tutors work with the same child for one hour per week.

Call Peggy Graham at 301-279-3890 for more information, or visit⁄readingnetwork.

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