Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

December 17, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Grandparents Day draws a crowd at school

 Smithsburg Elementary School would like to thank all those special grandparents and grandfriends who visited the school Nov. 26. More than 300 visitors came to the school that day. 

The third-graders are going to the Baltimore Aquarium today. The staff hopes they have a fantastic field trip.

Seasonal music set for Sunday

Christmas Joy, an evening of Christmas music, will be Sunday at 7 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, Chewsville. Music will be by Bethel Men's Chorus, Marlene Young and special music by various groups. Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and Christmas treats will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-733-8387 or go to

Cascade Elementary recognizes students

The following Cascade Elementary students were named Good Citizens of the Month for November as part of the Character Counts! program:

Kindergarten -- Garrett Routzahn and Kelsee Wiley; first grade -- Christopher Richards and Journey Smith; second grade -- Destiny Crouse and Joshua Gardner; third grade -- Jacob Merriman and Summer Morrison; fourth grade -- Ashley Dwyer and Casey Wishard; fifth grade -- Sophia Cocchiaro and Tyler Pettway; art -- Glenn Fox, grade two and Kaitlynn Fox, grade five.


Legion Post 239 plans holiday celebration

American Legion Post 239 will hold a holiday celebration for Cascade students at the school Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A special individual will arrive in a horse-drawn sled. If you did not sign your child up, contact the office at 301-766-8066 for a form. 

Cascade PTA news

The first Family Movie Night featured "Kung Fu Panda," which was a big hit. Approximately 75 people were in attendance. The PTA would like to thank parents for attending with their children to watch the movie and socialize. Much thanks to Joe Keller for setting up his surround-sound equipment to help enhance the "theatre" effect.

Smithsburg Middle PTSA raises funds

Last year, SMS parents, students and staff helped the PTSA raise more than $22,000. Equipment and supplies were purchased for teachers and students.  Recognition programs such as STARS and the 25 Book Challenge along with student assemblies and the talent show were supported with this money.  Family bingo night and the spaghetti dinner brought students and families together. 

The PTSA will continue to support the strong middle school community established by the teachers and staff. The PTSA hopes parents will be part of it with their memberships.

Early childhood degree

Hagerstown Community College and the Maryland State Department of Education are offering a funding opportunity for child-care providers to earn an associate degree (AAS or AAT) in early childhood.

HCC is accepting approved applicants from the Childcare Career and Professional Development Fund, which offers scholarship opportunities for people working in child care.

Approved candidates must possess the motivation and skills that will assist them in successfully completing their degree while employed in child care and will continue on to work in family or center-based early education programs upon completion of their degree.

Candidates may enroll in one course a semester up to a full load ofcredit courses at HCC at no cost to the participant. Candidates must work at a licensed child care/preschool program in the state of Maryland. Several prerequisites include high school diploma, GED, any prerequisite required by an individual community college for credit courses, at least one year working in a licensed child care center/family childcare program, and participation in the MSDE child care credentialing program. Other prerequisites are listed on the MSDE Web site as well as the scholarship application and fact sheet and can be found at For information about the scholarship program at HCC, contact Paula Davis, program manager, at 301-790-2800, ext. 604, or e-mail

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