Charles County Public School News Briefs

Two county students chosen as FEA essay contest winners

Emily Trefry, a senior at Thomas Stone High School, and Ylianna Trevino, an eighth-grade student at Matthew Henson Middle School, were recently selected as winners in the Future Educators Association (FEA) essay contest, sponsored by the Education Association of Charles County (EACC).

As winners, both students will receive a free trip to the FEA national conference, scheduled for Feb. 13-15 in Denver. The contest is open to FEA members in county middle and high schools.

One middle-school winner and one high-school winner is chosen by an EACC committee. More than 30 students entered this year's contest by submitting essays with the topic of "Aspire to Reach Higher, Teach."

Neal students raise funds to support March of Dimes

Students at Mary B. Neal Elementary School recently raised more than $2,440 for the March of Dimes by participating in a book-reading fundraiser.

Jennifer Abell, director of the Southern Maryland March of Dimes and Board of Education member, presented medals to students last month who participated in the fundraiser. Students were asked to read and earned funds from sponsors for each book they completed.

Abell presented trophies to Neal kindergartner Kayla Jones and fifth grader Kristopher Lukas for raising the most money. All students who participated in the fundraiser were also presented with recognition certificates and tickets for a free meal at the Green Turtle restaurant in La Plata.

The mission of the March of Dimes, a non-profit organization, is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: The Westlake High School Wolverine varsity football team is competing for the 3A state championship title at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. They will compete against Wilde Lake High School of Howard County. Tickets are $8 and parking is $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance Dec. 2-3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westlake. Call 301-753-1758 for more information.

PRE-K THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: Pre-kindergarten students at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School celebrated Thanksgiving early last week by learning holiday rhymes, preparing recipes and sampling Thanksgiving treats. Students also decorated booklets to share with their families.

RECYCLING EFFORTS: Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School held a schoolwide tribute for its renewed recycling efforts at the school. Russ Talcott from the Charles County Department of Public Utilities spoke to students about recycling. Musical performances included "My Planet, Your Planet."

GRANDPARENTS DAY THANKSGIVING: Students at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School held a "Grandparents Day Thanksgiving" on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Each grade level performed songs and poems for visitors to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

SHOP WITH A COP FUNDS RAISED: The Piccowaxen Middle School Student Council Association and the school's Principal Advisory Committee recently raised $750 to support the Charles County Sheriff's Department "Shop with a Cop" community outreach program. The funds are used to support local families with holiday needs.

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