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Government goes to school in Clear Spring

April 25, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

CLEAR SPRING - Students in Gretchen Klein's eighth grade class at Clear Spring Middle School got to take a mental tour of Washington County on Tuesday, thanks to a map-drawing project inspired by Municipal Government Week.

Julie Albowicz, vice mayor of Clear Spring, spent a day at the school, helping students expand their awareness of their neighborhood, town and county.

Eighth-grader Heather Leaf worked on a large map of Washington County, drawing representative pictures of tourist attractions, historic sights and other features that would encourage people to visit the area.

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As students called out their suggestions, they in turn drew them on their own maps.

"I learned there was a museum in Hancock and it sounds like I might like to visit it," said Aaron Beard, 13.

Jeremy Kriner, 14, also was intrigued to discover there was a museum in Hagerstown.

The class became rather spirited as the students tried to come up with places to put on the map, including the local speedway, the airport, Valley Mall, Washington Monument near Boonsboro and Antietam National Battlefield.

"I explained to the students that there are nine municipalities in Washington County that have a mayor and council, including Clear Spring," Albowicz said.

Also during the Municipal Government Week program, Albowicz brought in the Clear Spring town seal to show to the students.

Ironically the seal, which is now emblazoned on signs and an official town banner, was designed by Justin Ebersole, who was an eighth-grader when he won a town-sponsored competition.

Now a senior, Ebersole visited Klein's class and explained that he tried to incorporate the places and symbols that meant the most to him in Clear Spring.

That included the first house, the first church, Plumb Grove and the spring named for the town.

Earlier in the day, a mock town council meeting was held in a class at the Clear Spring Middle School.

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