Around West End

May 30, 2008|By JESS WEST

Happy 12th birthday to Cheyanne Feather

Wow!!!! I can't believe my little girl is 12. I just wanted to spread the news that a wonderful little lady is turning 12. I still remember the day I met you, just like it was yesterday, and it always brings a smile to my face no matter the day's worries. Mommy, Daddy and Kaeleigh love you very much and wish you a great 12th birthday!!!

Salem Avenue Students of the Year

The proud parents of John-Michael, Benjamin, Aaron, and Asia-Marie Carbaugh wanted to take a moment to share with our West End community the wonderful achievement of each child receiving the Student of the Year Award at Salem Avenue Elementary School.

John-Michael is a fifth- grader who, along with his Student of the Year Award, received the Principal's Citizenship award. These students are a great example of the many fine children in our West End Community. Keep up the good work!!!


Baby sitter Boot Camp

The American Red Cross is planning a Baby sitters Boot Camp in June for young people ages 11 though 15. There will be two sessions: from June 10 to 13 and from June 17 to 20. Each session will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Students will learn to be the best baby sitter on the block and gain the confidence to make smart decisions and stay safe in any baby-sitting situation.

Students will learn how to perform infant and child CPR, perform standard first aid, supervise children and infants, perform basic child-care skills such as diapering and feeding, choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys, identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, care for common injuries and emergencies such as choking, burns, cuts and bee stings, communicate effectively with parents, and find and interview for baby-sitting jobs

The cost is $125. Financial aid is available. Call the Red Cross at 301-739-0717 to receive an application.

Blooming Authors

Winter Street Elementary School recently hosted a writing festival which showcased rising authors within the school. The Blooming Authors Festival was held in conjunction with the final PTA meeting of the year.

Writing samples were created and displayed from pre-K through fourth grade. Parents, students and family members were invited to attend and enjoy the stories. More than 300 pieces of writing were on display ranging from wordless books, personal narratives, and poetry.

Denise Simmons, a parent of a pre-K student and a third grader, said "I was impressed when I looked at the blooming authors from my daughter Brianna's pre-kindergarten class. "The children's drawings were so detailed. We read with our children every evening and I think that surely has helped Brianna when she wants to illustrate a story. She is able to create a story in her mind and then capture a small moment through her pictures."

Jacob Simmons, a third- grade student, had many writing samples on display. His mother was surprised at the diverse subject matter. "Jacob's writing was so interesting; he did a very detailed research paper, a wonderful poem and a very moving piece of writing about the importance of saving our environment," she said.

Winter Street Principal Matthew Semler said, "Our Blooming Authors Night was fabulous. What a great way to showcase the students' hard work in writing this year. Parents were very impressed with their children's progress."

West Hagerstown Lions Club

On June 7 and 8, the West Hagerstown Lions Club will be serving various foods at the Railroad Heritage Days.

The Lions will be serving hot dogs, steamers, chili dogs, water, soda and snack bags from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 and from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 8.

Railroad Heritage Days will be hosted at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum at 300 S. Burhans Blvd.

St. Matthews picnic

On Saturday, children of the West End community and their parents are invited to stop by St. Matthews United Methodist Church, on the corner of Franklin and High streets in Hagerstown, for a picnic.

The folks at St. Matthews will be serving ice cream, hot dogs, cookies, balloons and fun!

This picnic will be open to the community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last.

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Until next week, take care!

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