Norbel School celebrates its 30-year anniversary today and to mark the occasion the school community will spend the part of the day “dressing up” the campus for the celebration. A “Campus Greening Event,” is planned during which students, faculty and parents will spruce up the school’s eight-acre campus by clearing gardens, cleaning up the playground, and planting flowers. A tree planting and the addition of a new park bench will mark the occasion.
Of course, no celebration is complete without a cookout, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a few heartwarming words from students about what Norbel means to them. Like all activities at Norbel, the day will embody the school’s philosophy of teaching students the importance of citizenship, teamwork, responsibility and community service.
“The school and its property belong to the entire school community,” explains Head of School Sharon DellaRose, “We want to instill a sense of school spirit, responsibility and community service in our children. Since Norbel is so rich in history, the students will experience, firsthand, the value of tradition and what it means to a part of an organization in which we feel such great pride. We are putting our philosophy into action.”
30 Years of Norbel
Norbel School educates bright students in grades 1–12 with learning differences such as ADHD, communication disorders, Dyslexia, and higher functioning autism, specifically Asperger’s Syndrome. Originally located in Northwest Baltimore City, Norbel was founded in the early 80’s as a pre-kindergarten to 8th grade school by child psychologists Drs. Robert Campbell and Norma Hauserman-Campbell. In 1999, the school moved to its current location in Howard County and opened Norbel High School. Today the school remains committed to its mission of offering individualized academic and social development instruction that allows each student to reach his or her highest potential.
In keeping with Howard County’s recent Healthy Howard initiative, Norbel’s Campus Greening Event reflects Norbel as a healthy, safe and friendly facility that the entire Elkridge community can access.
“We are so thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Howard County community,” states Mrs. DellaRose. “We welcome and encourage the residents and businesses to enjoy our wonderful campus.”
Currently, the school and grounds are also used by local youth sport organizations, community after school programs, the Greater Elkridge Community Association and the Howard County CHADD parent support group.