Carver li­brar­ian hon­ored for cre­at­ing eq­ui­table ac­cess

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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.

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