Kindergarten Field Trip to an Auto Body Shop?

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I had the pleasure of accompanying my daughter's Kindergarten class on a wonderful trek to Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks, 4621 Leeds Avenue, Arbutus, MD. 

We weren't showing them the ins and outs of accident repair, we were participating in a 13 year tradition of visiting their holiday train garden.  The guys and ladies in the shop showed obvious pride in sharing their  meticulous work with the 5 and 6 year olds.  Amid shouts of "Did you see...?", "Hey, come look at this!"  The oohs and ahhhs as the trains rode by really puts one in a holiday mood!

So much was going on in the miniature version of our town:

A stadium lovingly constructed by one man over a period of 2 years was facinating and filled with over 1000 tiny painted people in the stands ready to watch our Ravens play. 

The Oscar Meyer Weiner Truck, farms complete with cows and horses, ice cream shops, fire trucks and fire fighters, ponds with boats and fishermen...too much more to mention.

The kids loved seeing some buildings they recognized (many sponsored by local businesses) and searching for things their teacher had suggested before leaving the classroom.

I would highly recommend a trek to Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks for the train garden and I bet they are tops in repairs if you need them while you are there as well!

The price of admission is a non-perishable food item for Southwest Emergency Services. 

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Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida - Panama City Beach, FL
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Wow, I would like to have went on that field trip.  Sounds like fun and I bet the kids really learned a lot.

Dec 15, 2010 12:07 PM #1
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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Bridget, This sounds wonderful. I clicked the link and there are lots of photos of the train garden.


Dec 15, 2010 01:46 PM #2
Kaera Mims
Liz Moore & Associates - Fort Monroe, VA
Associate Broker, e-PRO, REALTOR; Hampton, Newport News, York Co.

Isn't that just the sweetest thing EVER? You would not expect that from a visit to the auto repair shop, but glad it was a good trip vs. a busted car! 

Dec 19, 2010 05:25 PM #3
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Captain Wayne, It was great!!

Margaret, I am still trying to figure out the pictures in the blog part.  I took pictures too, I will have to do a search, that's one more thing on my to do list for January!!

Keara, I would much rather go for something so wonderful!  The only payment they want is a canned food donation to the local Emergency Services!  I didn't even have to get my insurance involved!!

Dec 28, 2010 05:41 PM #4
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