About 180 senior citizens were honored at a Thanksgiving feast at Walter Johnson High School on Nov. 20. This was the 39th year that the school has hosted the Senior Citizens Luncheon. The seniors were from nine senior citizens centers, rehab homes and community centers around Montgomery County.
The event was coordinated and hosted by the Walter Johnson Key Club, but many students participated by eating with the seniors, serving them lunch and dancing with them.
The school’s Jazz Band played throughout the luncheon and the Madrigals and Advanced Choir also performed several numbers each.
The cafeteria staff, led by Carole Lieber, prepared the traditional Thanksgiving lunch, and the building service staff, led by John Brooks, helped to turn the lunchroom into a party hall for the event. The Key Club sponsor is teacher Allison Hoefling.
Georgian Forest ES Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner for Community
Thanksgiving is an opportunity for the staff of Georgian Forest Elementary School in Silver Spring to give to the community. The school hosted its annual Thanksgiving feast for families and staff on Nov. 20. Hundreds of guests enjoyed the sit-down meal, which was served by members of the school staff.
Edison High School Collects Food, Packs Boxes for Families in Need
Students and staff at Thomas Edison High School of Technology collected food and created Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. They were donated to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, which distributed them to families. In addition, as part of the NBC Food 4 Families program, SkillsUSA officers visited the Boys and Girls Club in Washington, D.C. to help with packing food boxes for the needy.
Beating the Odds
Two MCPS students were recently honored by the Children’s Defense Fund for overcoming obstacles and being successful in school and in life. Monica Chica, of Springbrook High School, and Hally Moreno, of John F. Kennedy High School, were among six students recognized at the “Beat the Odds” awards program earlier this month.
Restaurant Management Students Serve Dinner to Damascus Seniors
On Nov. 20, Damascus High School hosted a group of senior citizens during its annual Thanksgiving dinner in the cafeteria. The seniors arrived from the Montgomery County Senior Citizen Center in Damascus. The dinner was served by students in the school’s restaurant management program.
Dancing the Night Away!
More than 100 energetic high school dancers took the stage at the Music Center at Strathmore to represent their schools at the 15th annual Latin Dance Competition. Hundreds of MCPS students, families and community members packed the theater to cheer for their favorites and celebrate Hispanic heritage. The event is sponsored by the After School Dance Fund, whose goal is to build strong Latin dance clubs in MCPS schools and support academic and social emotional success of students.
Clarksburg High School Students Donate Computer Lab
The Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foundation, Inc. (ITF) Network Operations classes at Clarksburg High School held its annual computer lab gifting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20.
This year’s recipient is Family Services, Inc. Based in Gaithersburg, Family Services provides participants with mental disabilities the opportunity to learn meaningful technology skills to help them find opportunities for basic needs, such as housing, and to find employment opportunities within their local communities. Family Services will use the computer lab to provide its patrons with current technology and it will replace its previous technology. Grants manager Lauren Banfe hopes that the “new computers will give those with mental illness access to a world of opportunity that they otherwise would not have.”
ITF students reconditioned and donated six computers with operating systems, monitors, keyboards, mice, and a printer for the lab. This project provides an opportunity for the ITF students to practice their computer skills, earn Student Service Learning hours, and develop an appreciation for charity and community involvement.
The ITF is a non-profit organization established cooperatively by the Montgomery County business community and MCPS. It provides a unique method of hands-on training for high school students to earn valuable computer certifications that will prepare them for higher education opportunities or direct entry into the information technology job market.
Information Technology Foundation
Strathmore Presents Its 10th Year of Classical Concerts to Second Graders
Designed to enhance the 2nd grade music curriculum, the Strathmore Student Concerts celebrated 10 years of bringing live classical music to MCPS children last month. The concerts by the National Philharmonic included music by a variety of composers and give students an opportunity to learn about the four families of instruments that make up the orchestra. The concerts reinforced musical concepts students are learning in school.
Master Weaver Visits Bel Pre Elementary School
Kwasi Asare, Master Kente Weaver and president of Dento Mills Royal Kente Weaving, Inc., visited Bel Pre Elementary School on Nov. 17. Asare hosted two weaving, storytelling and cultural exchange workshops for second graders at the school. He has held exhibitions in museums in Ghana and in other countries, including the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Ritchie Park Students Hold Celebration to Honor Veterans
As part of an annual Veterans Day celebration, Ritchie Park Elementary School held a Walk for Heroes to honor veterans. Students paraded through the school gym and listened to veterans and active duty military personnel share their experiences serving the U.S. In preparation for this event, students wrote cards and collected several boxes of donations for Operation Welcome Home MD. The cards, food, toiletries and notepads are given to returning personnel to ease their transition home.
Newscaster Discusses Media Ethics at Briggs Chaney
Shomari Stone, a news reporter for NBC4 Washington, visited Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring. His visit came on the heels of a student visit to the Newseum and a focus on enhancing students’ argumentative writing skills. Stone discussed fact checking, the importance of finding credible sources, making a meaningful argument in writing and other topics in media ethics.
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