Former College of Southern Maryland student and current Miss Maryland, Allyn Rose visited the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at CSM as a “Celebrity Reader” on Oct. 24. Rose attended CSM as a student and a member of the volleyball team and she currently serves as Miss Maryland. Rose read from one of her favorite children’s book, “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein. Following the story the children asked Rose, shown here, about the many pins on her Miss Maryland sash, and Lynn Duff, director of the CLC, presented her with a gift thanking her for her visit. Celebrating its fifth anniversary where learning is child’s play, the Children’s Learning Center nurtures and enhances the lives of children and their parents by creating an environment that helps children interact with their world and peers, and building confidence, self-esteem and a life-long love of learning. For information on the Children’s Learning Center, visit