Archive for the ‘Children’ Category
Every year on Christmas Eve, Santa visits Greenbelt and travels through the town on a fire truck from the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department.
At Greenbelt’s fire station on Crescent Road, Santa consults with Lieutenant Andy Moffitt on this year’s route through Old Greenbelt. Santa has visited Greenbelt East the night before.
On Tuesday night, I followed a group caroling along Ridge Road and Plateau Place in Old Greenbelt. On Wednesday night, I went caroling again, this time with a girl scout troop along Woodland Way and Northway.
Five members of Girl Scout Troop 5859 gather at the Greenbelt Community Church where they meet every Wednesday night.
Founded in 1910, Camp Fire is a national youth organization offering many activities for both boys and girls. The group’s Patuxent Area Council offices are located in a townhome at Franklin Park Apartments in Greenbelt West, and on a recent Saturday morning I photographed an art class there.
The Camp Fire offices are at 9176 Springhill Lane.
Each year a tree lighting ceremony in front of the Community Center kicks off the Festival of Lights, Greenbelt’s celebration of the holiday season. The Greenbelt Concert Band performs and Santa arrives on Greenbelt Fire Department’s antique pumper.
Chris Cherry of the Greenbelt Recreation Department is tonight’s master of ceremonies.
On the third Saturday of each month, kids are invited to come to Greenbelt Library to participate in the Read to Rover program. “Children build their reading confidence by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs that are glad to listen.”
Sign for Read to Rover at Greenbelt Library
Every Tuesday afternoon, children’s art classes are held at the Mowatt Methodist Church on Ridge Road. The program is produced by Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts (GAVA), and the instructors are Barbara Simon and Ingrid Hass. There are both homeschool and afterschool classes for children between 5 and 14.
Classes are held in the social hall (room with lights on in this photo) of Mowatt Memorial United Methodist Church at 40 Ridge Road. Mowatt Church is also home to Greenbelt’s last Boy Scout troop (746).
Scouting for Food is an annual food drive of the Greenbelt Cub Scout Pack 202 and Boy Scout Troop 746. On a Saturday in November, the scouts distribute bags to homes in central Greenbelt, and a week later they come back to pick up the donations for a local food pantry. Non-perishable packaged food in non-glass containers are accepted. Last Saturday, I followed Cub Scout Pack 202’s Tiger Den during their door-to-door collection.
Before setting out to collect donations, Greenbelt Cub Scout Pack 202 members and parents take a group photo in front of the Greenbelt Community Church, where they meet regularly.