Cumberland Times-News


May 17, 2009

Allegany principal, students honored

Three attend recognition dinner in Ellicott City

CUMBERLAND — Allegany High School Principal Mike Calhoun and senior students Danielle Class and Cassie Fruik have been named leaders in service learning by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The three attended a recognition dinner at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City for connecting specific educational goals with meaningful community service.

Class and Fruik were among 47 student “Service Stars” statewide. They went beyond Allegany County’s service-learning plan, which requires a 75 hours of credit upon graduation. Class earned 1,068 credit hours and Fruik earned 898 hours above the requirement.

“The honorees’ achievements remind us all that service-learning is far more than a graduation requirement — it is truly a vehicle to help link students and teachers to their communities in a meaningful way,” said Nancy Grasmick, state superintendent of schools.

Class is a member of the Young Women’s Civic Organization and Mock Trial Team. She volunteers with the American Red Cross, Pennies for Patients, Western Maryland Food Bank and the Salvation Army. She helped organize a benefit concert to raise money for two students in need and the local Senior Citizen Prom and has donated her time at the Family Crisis Resource Center. She also sends packages to troops overseas.

Fruik works as a teacher’s aide and house manager and supports the SPIRIT program and Pennies for Patients.

Calhoun was one of only three recipients of the Principals of the Year award for his ability to promote high-quality service-learning at Allegany. He is a strong advocate of field trips, fundraising and resources that help ensure a successful service-learning project.

Service-learning projects include a dual focus — the goals of academic learning and authentic volunteer projects. Students learn course content and skills as they develop empathy, personal ethics and the habit of helping communities.

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