May 15, 2012
Children from the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area YMCA's Y's Nest preschool program for 4- and 5-year-olds and teacher Melody Gober recently took a field trip to Penn State Mont Alto. Students of Professor Nancy Funk's Theatre 102 course presented five puppet shows designed to teach the preschoolers. The lessons covered counting, identifying colors, showing respect for others, the 911 emergency process and learning simple, basic Spanish. Between shows, their hostess kept the attention of the children with games and songs. Later, they were provided with supplies to create their very own Nittany Lion puppets.
May 6, 2012
Students from St. John's Preschool in Hagerstown recently took a trip to the U.S. Silica Co. plant in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., as part of their study about Earth Day. Al Gwizdala, operations director, showed the students all the products made using sand and the ways the company uses processes that demonstrate environmental responsibility. The children were given a tour of the plant, including the large machinery and the highlight of their visit included a chance to stand in the bucket of a front-end loader.
May 16, 2011
Hagerstown Children’s School held its annual flag parades on May 11 and 12. All students participated in making a flag of the country of their choice. In class, they spoke about the country they chose and gave one or two facts about that country to their classmates. Parents, grandparents and siblings were invited to attended the flag parades, where the children marched around the courtyard proudly displaying their flags. The students at Hagerstown Children’s School study a different country each month in their classrooms and look forward to this educational and fun event.
January 10, 2004
Five-year-old Zachary McClure admits he doesn't understand the plight of the homeless. But he's sure of one thing. "I know that God loves everyone," he whispered as he and fellow preschoolers spent Friday morning preparing vegetable soup to help feed up to 70 people at the cold weather shelter at St. John's Episcopal Church on Prospect Street. The church has sponsored the shelter in the past in partnership with REACH (Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless)
April 29, 2008
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto theater students will host a program for preschoolers on Wednesday from 11:10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Waynesboro YMCA. For years, students in the theater program at Penn State Mont Alto have performed educational puppet shows and creative dramas for the preschoolers. This year, the performances include shows that teach the children street safety, stranger safety and how to eat right. The creative dramas also consist of colors and shapes, dental care, manners, sign language, and fire safety.
May 1, 2008
Penn State Mont Alto theater students Shavon Hampton, Kenberly Pierre-Paul, Patricia Yi and Nicole Green sing the good manners song with Waynesboro (Pa.) YMCA preschoolers at the Mont Alto, Pa., campus Wednesday. The students in professor Nancy Funk's Theater 102 class emphasized safety, dental care, manners, colors and shapes in their presentations. Funk's students have been making the performances for the preschoolers for years.
November 3, 2006
Group for parents of special needs children FREDERICK, Md. - Parents Learning Together will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Thomas Johnson Middle School, 1799 Schifferstadt Blvd. Parents and caregivers can learn and support one another in this monthly group for those caring for children with special needs. November's topic will be helping children deal with anxiety, with speakers from the National Institute of Mental Health. Co-sponsored by Families Plus!
February 1, 2009
I awoke at 7 one morning last month and, as always, switched on my radio to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition. " Radio still on, I flopped back into bed to sIeep off the side effects I was experiencing - every one possible - of a prescribed medication. What roused me from my stupor - incredibly four hours later - was the sound of the "Sesame Street" theme song. I smiled. I continued to smile for much of the next hour as broadcaster Diane Rehm interviewed Michael Davis, author of "Street Gang, The Complete History of Sesame Street.
October 25, 2011
Diane Holzberger, who wanted to spend more time with her children, figured the best way to do that while bringing in some income was to provide day care in her own home. After seven years as a licensed day-care provider, she and her husband, Pete, opened Bright Eyes Child Care in Silver Spring, Md., in 1991. Twenty years later, the couple has opened their 10th center, this one in the Light Business Park off Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown. Bright Eyes has been open since late August, but Tuesday was the grand opening, with a ribbon cutting, and city Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and state Sen. Chris Shank among those attending.
June 2, 1997
Hagerstown's Potterfield Pool at 730 Frederick St. will be open Tuesday through Sunday starting this week, according to the city's Department of Public Works. The new regular hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.. The pool is closed on Mondays. There will be free family swims for city residents only starting Tuesday, June 10. Free family swims will run every following Tuesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., through Aug. 5. New daily rates are $1 for preschoolers, $1.75 for students, and $2.25 for adults.