Education briefs

October 08, 2007

New playground equipment finished at Hancock Elementary

The new playground is finished at Hancock Elementary School, and the Panther Playground Project Opening Celebration was held Friday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m.

The playground features new equipment, except for an old swing that was refurbished and retained. The project cost approximately $50,000.

Over the past year, a playground committee chaired by parent Kristen Robison helped coordinate volunteers, community members, sponsors and others who contributed time, energy and resources to the project. On Saturday, Sept. 22, a group of 40 parents, staff and community members and students worked for about five hours to put the final touches on the equipment and the playground.

"We could not have accomplished a project of this size without the generous help of sponsors, parents, and the community, who all contributed in so many different ways," Robinson said.

A list of sponsors and the level at which they contributed follows.


Gold Sponsors: Stanley Fulton, Hancock Presbyterian Church, in honor of John and Merle Keefer; MIHI Inc., M&T Bank and Hancock Rotary Club.

Silver Sponsors: Citizens National Bank, First National Bank of Greencastle, Hancock Athletic Boosters, Hancock Lioness Club and Rayloc.

Bronze Sponsors: Mountain State Cruisers, Hancock Lions Club, AC&T, F&M Trust, Girl Scout Troop 613, Xerxes Corp., Hardee's and Hancock United Methodist Church.

Equipment Sponsors: U.S. Silica Co., Sharon Elbin State Farm Insurance, Sheetz, and Customer Sports and Recreation Equipment.

Literacy Council to hold free, two-part workshop for tutors

Literacy Council of Washington County will hold a free, two-part workshop for new volunteer literacy tutors on two consecutive Saturdays: Part 1 on Oct. 13 and Part 2 on Oct. 20. Deadline for registration by phone is Oct. 11.

Included in the first session will be teaching English as a second language (ESL), a skill very relevant today in meeting the needs of the refugee/immigrant population now living and working in the larger Hagerstown area.

The workshop will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, on the corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants are to provide their own bagged lunch. Cold drinks and coffee will be provided by the church. There is ample parking in the lot behind the church, off Randolph Avenue.

Local instructors Becky Hein and Barbara Creager will be assisted by Caroline Gaver and Joyce Routzahn of the Frederick County Literacy Council.

Since there are 12 potential adult ESL students and at least eight potential basic students already on the waiting list, the council is hoping for a large group of potential new tutors. Each new tutor meets with his/her assigned student for one or two hours a week at a mutually convenient time and in a public place such as a church or library. Tutors have unlimited access to a variety of teaching materials, including books, manuals, computers and appropriate software, housed in the council's office at the church at 15 Randolph Ave.

Interested persons may call council administrator Bill Price at 301-739-4208, between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, for more information, advance registration, and directions.

National Christian College Fair to be held at Heritage Oct. 18

The Hagerstown Christian College Fair will be Oct. 18 at Heritage Academy from 7 to 9 p.m.

Many of the top Christian colleges in North America will be represented, and a financial aid workshop will be provided. A list of attending colleges can be found at

Heritage Academy is at 12215 Walnut Point West. For more information, call 301-582-2600.

Author to speak here Oct. 9 in conjunction with The Big Read

Author Charles Shields will speak in conjunction with The Big Read on Tuesday at Hagers-town Community College's Kepler Theater in a program beginning at 10 a.m. and again at Washington County Free Library at 7 p.m.

The program at HCC will include a 15-minute original sketch and music created especially for The Big Read by Authentic Community Theatre. Shields, who is coming here a guest of the Community Foundation of Washington County, spent four years researching and writing "Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee."

"To Kill a Mockingbird," is the selected novel for The Big Read.

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