Winning an award from Baltimore County Councilman David Marks as Fifth District Citizen of the Year caps quite a year for British native Jo Marvan, who in August became a U.S. citizen. "I've only lived here 31 years," said Marvan, tongue in cheek. "I just have to learn to speak American." Marvan, of the Knollwood-Donnybrook neighborhood, was one of five Towson-area residents named by Marks last week as Citizens of the Year. Also honored were Mike Ertel, in recognition of his work as president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations; Joe La Bella, new president of the Towson Manor Village Community Association and an active member of the Green Towson Alliance; Jim Cosgove, former Loch Hill community leader and GTCCA vice president, who has since moved to Timonium; and G.T. Keplinger, president of the Towson Estates Association and former president of the Burkleigh Square Community Association. Marks announced the awards and gave each honoree a certificate during the GTCCA's annual holiday party Dec. 17 at the Aigburth Vale Senior Community. [...] Citizen Marvan Marvan, who said she is in her 50s, is active in her neighborhood as a board member, secretary and an alternate representative to the GTCCA. She also is a board member and financial secretary for the Knollwood-Donnybrook Improvement Association. She works on a monthly food drive in the neighborhood. She is also treasurer and board member for the nonprofit Christ Child Society of Baltimore, a group of women of all faiths, whose mission is to better the lives of children and families. Its programs include bringing new and used books to children, reading to pre-kindergarten students at least once a month, providing "starter kits" for parents of infants, such as [...]
Remove your socks and shoes. That directive is the first indication that middle school students at Holy Angels Catholic School, Mother Seton Academy and the Sisters Academy of Baltimore are expected to leave their comfort zones during fitness classes offered through a partnership coordinated by a local outreach and a chain of health and fitness clubs. The Baltimore chapter of Christ Child Society began partnering with Brick Bodies this school year with the encouragement of Cathleen White, a parishioner of St. Pius X in Rodgers Forge. via The Catholic Review > Home > Body Flow classes motivate students to ‘build’ bodies, brain cells.
Running through the Christ Child Society's list of projects is a dizzying task. From tutoring and mentoring students to knitting hats and scarves for low-income children or providing books to two Baltimore schools — this Riderwood-based volunteer organization is involved in an ever-growing range of activities. And the group only got its start a little more than a year ago. Don't let the name fool you, Cathleen White, one of the founding members and a Cedarcroft resident, said. The women in this group represent all faiths. And they're unified in their mission to help children and families in the Baltimore area, which has made it easy to recruit volunteers. via Christ Child Society finds ways to meet simple needs - baltimoresun.com.
Read the article about Christ Child Society of Baltimore in the October 2013 issue of Towson Life magazine.