Two Honored for Flood Rescue

James Banos, of Laurel, and Don Atchison, of Davidsonville, were honored by Laurel's mayor and police chief on Monday for their heroic efforts in saving a 12-year-old boy from drowning in a Laurel storm drain during Hurricane Floyd this month.

According to a spokesman for the Laurel police, Banos was awakened in his home by his mother, who heard children screaming during the storm's heaviest rains. Atchison was busy in his office and heard the same screams near Harrison Drive and White Way. When they got to the scene, they saw the boy, Noah Coffman, being swept into a storm drain. The boy traveled about a mile until he came to a point where he could grab hold of some weeds. Banos and Atchison, both running down the side of the drain to catch up with him, were then able to grab Noah and bring him to safety.

During the mayor's report at a City Council meeting on Monday, Banos and Atchison received the Mayor's Hero of the Day Award and the Chief Citizen's Citation.

'Get Fit' Participants Honored

Teenagers participating in County Council Vice Chairman Dorothy F. Bailey's (D-Temple Hills) "Get Fit" program were honored at a ceremony last week. The program matched 14 teenagers with adults in the community for six weeks during the summer. The purpose was to have the teenagers mentor the adults and help them meet their fitness goals.

The participants, ages 14 through 17, honored were Lavida Kinney of Temple Hills, Michael Taylor Jr. of Temple Hills, Charmaine Linkins of Capitol Heights, Omar Pickens of Clinton, Dorsey Walker Jr. of Temple Hills, Paul Clary of Oxon Hill, Kyanna Feliciana of Clinton, Jaya Davis of Temple Hills, Dimitrius Nolan of Forestville, Adrian Harrington of Temple Hills, Joy Lett of Temple Hills, Dwayne Mathis of Suitland, Damitra Jackson of Temple Hills, Aaron Bryant of Forestville and Khia Godfrey of Upper Marlboro.

School Programs Receive Grants

The Prince George's Educational Foundation awarded 13 schools with 14 programs more than $27,000 in grant money this fall.

Schools and their programs receiving money are: Adelphi Elementary School for its Tiger Tape Club; Margaret Brent Regional School for its village project; Chillum Elementary School for "Getting Everyone Mapping Successfully"; Friendly High School for its New York Stock Exchange Visitation project; Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Center for its nutrition, exercise and mathematics program; Northwestern High School for "Bytes Build Bridges: An Intergenerational Computer Literacy Project"; Patuxent Elementary School for its Instructional Mathematics Lab and Partners in Print programs, Potomac High School for "My Word Photo Essay" projects; Rogers Heights Elementary School for a visual art enrichment for teachers workshop; Templeton Elementary School for its READ MORE! program; Thomas G. Pullen Arts Magnet School for Music! Words! Opera, a partnership with the Washington Opera Company; Tulip Grove Elementary School for its science enrichment program; and Valley View Elementary School for "Children Reading for Success."

The programs will be honored at a reception in November welcoming new Superintendent Iris T. Metts. Grant money has been distributed.

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