Carver librarian honored for creating equitable access
April Wathen was recently honored by Scholastic Library Publishing for her work as the media specialist at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park.
Wathen was named the “Hero of Equitable Access” for her “tireless efforts partnering with the community, working with outside agencies, and applying for grants … [Carver] became the first elementary school in the county to introduce resources including a makerspace, computer science program and 3D printer,” according to a release from Scholastic.
Wathen serves as the chairperson for the Maryland Association of School Libraries, where she works to ensure that every student in her school, district and even her state have equitable access to what he or she needs to succeed.
According to the release, “Wathen goes above and beyond her role as librarian by acting as a champion for her students — creating opportunities for continuous growth, regardless of funding limitations.”
Last year, Wathen was named a finalist for The Washington Post’s Teacher of the Year award.
Tamiko Brown of Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, Texas, was announced as the main winner of the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award sponsored by Scholastic. She received $2,500 cash, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic.
Other teachers honored included “Maker Hero” Alisha Wilson of Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla.; “Hero of Collaboration” Jan Wilson of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga.; and “Hero of Family Outreach” Liz Phipps Soeiro of Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Mass. In addition to being featured in print and online articles for SLJ.com, Wathen and the other “Hero” awardees will each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing.
Each nomination was evaluated by a panel of qualified industry professionals based on several criteria such as exemplary service to fulfill the needs of students and school community, effective integration of library services with curricula, demonstrated student engagement, parent and family outreach, and more.
To learn more about the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award, visit www.slj.com/ awards/school-librarian-of-theyear.
Lions Clubs launch peace poster contest
St. Mary’s County Lions Clubs, with their community partner St. Mary’s County Arts Council, are sponsoring the annual International Peace Poster Contest. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest to express their vision of peace.
This year the theme is “The Future of Peace.” The contest is open to St. Mary’s students who will be ages 11, 12 or 13 on Nov. 15. Contestants are asked to create a poster that visually communicates the contest theme.
One winner will be selected from each school in St. Mary’s County, including one winner from the home-school community. Each winner will be awarded a $50 prize, and the winning posters will be forwarded for the next level of competition. The international winner receives $5,000 and a trip for two to the international presentation.
The deadline for entries is noon on Oct. 25. To learn more about the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, visit www.lexingtonparklionsclub.org for contest rules and registration form. For more information on the local contest, contact Dana Davis at 301-863-2561 or djdavis@ md.metrocast.net.
Jazz band to perform Sept. 15 at museum
The Creole Gumbo Jazz Band will play on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Their jazz music is alternately gentle and brash, inventive and intuitive with musicians playing off one another. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to www.bit.ly// Maritime Concerts.
Kids can fish in tourney
A kids fishing tournament will be presented by the Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Long Point on Waterview Drive, subdivision of Golden Beach in Mechanicsville. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., and the tournament is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per child.
Age categories are up to age 4, ages 5-7, ages 8-10, ages 11-13, and ages 14-16. Kids younger than 12 must be chaperoned by an adult. Trophies will be awarded for the longest fish in each age category. Only fishing from the shore is permitted for the tournament. Anglers should bring their own rod and tackle if possible; there will only be a limited supply available. Food will be available for purchase.
Teams, sponsors sought for golf tournament
The 22nd annual Scott Verbic Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course. The event is held in remembrance of Scott Verbic who was a recreation advisory board Mmember, volunteer coach and advocate for youth in the community.
In the 21 years of the tournament, more than $133,000 has been raised. Proceeds support the youth scholarship program allows children in St. Mary’s County to attend summer camp, sports and other leisure programs throughout the year at discounted rates.
Space is still available for team entries. The team registration fee is $340 and includes greens/carts fee for four golfers, breakfast, lunch, drinks on the course and door prize entry. Events include a best ball format, with opportunities to participate in various raffles, closest to the pin, longest drive and other contests.
Tee sponsors and prize donations are also being sought. Businesses can reserve an exclusive tee box sign, shared tee box sign or sponsor specific tournament activities. Door prize sponsorships can include gift certificates or donated items.
For more information, visit www.stmarysmd.com/ recreate/ golf or call 301-475-4200, ext. *1800.
Wreck a car for a cause
A demolition derby fundraising event by the Silver Hill Lions Club will be held on Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 16, at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the first event is at 7 p.m. Cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger.
Get an old car and be a derby driver — there will be four classes, plus youth derby and power wheels. For more information, call 1-888-44-DERBY or visit shlcdemolitionderby.com.
Choral group to hold auditions at church
Auditions for the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society will be held on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. by appointment at Peace Lutheran Church, located at 401 E. Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. Auditions will consist of vocal warmups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer’s vocal range. No prepared piece is necessary. High School age singers and older are welcome. Call 301-642-0594 for an appointment.
Going through grief?
For those going through grief, who have lost someone near and dear and want to learn how others get through their grief, the next session of GriefShare will startup on Monday, Sept. 11. The group will meet for 13 sessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Real Life Wesleyan Church in Mechanicsville. For more information, contact Janet Hutchinson at 301-266-4321 or Jeanie Oakley at 301-751-3256.
Tribute band to perform disco show on Sept. 9
Get on those platform shoes and get ready for a night of disco dancing when the New York Bee Gees with Raniere Martin as Donna Summer present a tribute show at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Calvert on Sept. 9. VIP tickets for $125 include a cocktail party followed by a catered dinner and open bar. General admission tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Call Carol Frederick at 410-586-8515 or visit www.FriendsofJPPM.org.