Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

November 26, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Thanksgiving meal

A free Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and dessert will be held Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 N. Main St., Smithsburg, from noon to 2 p.m. For rides or delivery, call 301-824-7460.

Smithsburg library program

The Smithsburg branch of the Washington County Free Library will host Dr. Linda Potts of Healing Waters Wellness Center as she presents traditional vs. natural treatment options when dealing with stress, fatigue and chronic pain on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Smithsburg Library Community Room. To register, call 301-824-7722.

Smithsburg Middle School

On Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. the Smithsburg Middle School PTSA and Student Council will host a holiday activity night for middle school students. Activities will include open gym, karaoke, crafts, games, refreshments, holiday shop and wrap. Parents can vote for PTSA officers and pick up the PTSA fundraiser of Evergreen products, Uncle Ralph's Cookie Dough and Chick-fil-A Calendars. There is no charge to participate; however, bring money if you are shopping. Students must be signed in and out of this event. There will be collection boxes for nonperishable food and winter apparel.


For more information, call Shawn Bryce at 301-824-7835.

Cascade Elementary

Character Counts! is a program adopted by Washington County Public Schools to promote character education. Throughout the year, students will be completing activities that teach the six pillars of character including trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Those students nominated as Good Citizens of the Month for October were honored Nov. 19:

Kindergarten - Matthew Rowe and Hannah Wolfrey; first grade - Gauge Keith and Hannah Spinks; second grade - Glenn Fox and Amanda Keller; third grade - Angelo Cocchiaro, Melanie Rosensteel and William Toms; fourth grade - Jesse Kauffman and Alyssa Martz; fifth grade - Faith Brown and John Howard; art - Mark Hardy, grade two; and Jason Smith Jr., grade four.

The Boys & Girls Club students will hold a canned food drive. The drive will extend until Dec. 10. Boxes will be placed in each classroom and collected each week.

School for the Arts

Washington County Public Schools will open the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in August 2009. The school will provide students with a college preparatory curriculum rooted in training in one of four arts: visual arts, dance, theatre and music.

The program will begin with approximately 75 full-time freshmen and 75 full-time sophomores. It will be open for students who show talent in one or more of the above areas. Students may apply for two areas and will be asked to sign up for an audition workshop to help them get over any jitters so they can do their best performance at an actual audition. If your child is interested in attending, call the school or get an application online at

Smithsburg High

The junior class at Smithsburg High School is selling Smithsburg town ornaments. The ornaments are brushed gold with purple print. One side displays an outline of the town. The other side has a leopard insignia with "Home of the Leopards." They cost $10. To purchase an ornament, contact Mrs. Paci at or stop by the school library after Dec. 1. You may also purchase an ornament at the concession stand during any home basketball game.

Baby sitter boot camp

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, at 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, will hold a baby sitter boot camp course from Dec. 29 to 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The three-day camp costs $100. Financial aid is available. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.

The purpose of the camp is to provide individuals, ages 11 to 15, with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. The training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism; basic care; safety and safe play. The students will also learn child and Infant CPR along with standard first aid.

To watch a short online presentation about the training program, go to

Space is limited. For more information, call Lisa Fairburn at 301-739-0717.


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