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Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Food pantry gets some help, but still needs more

By Leslie Bauer, labauer5@verizon.net 410-531-6261

10:55 AM EST, December 18, 2012

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The Glenelg United Methodist Church Food Pantry continues to serve over 30 families each month.

The outreach has spread to Columbia and Elkridge, where it seems that word of mouth brings new visitors each month.

In November, the food pantry gave out 29 turkeys courtesy of Clarksville Elementary's Turkey Trot. In December, the food pantry gave out 37 boxes of Christmas cheer thanks to Ellie Feaga, a 10-year-old Bushy Park Elementary School 5th grader, who raised more than $2,700 at her November bake sale.

Ellie prepared the many delicious items for her bake sale, and then took the proceeds of her bake sale and went shopping for items to make a nice Christmas dinner, plus other food and household items.

Ellie then got to work assembling all those boxes of Christmas cheer. Ellie even had some money left over to purchase grocery gift cards for each of the 37 boxes and make a cash donation to support the pantry's needs.

Thinking about all that shopping sounds like it would cost a lot more than $2,700. Sounds like Ellie also learned a lot about stretching your food dollar. Maybe Ellie could teach us adults a few lessons.

In addition to Ellie's donations, the pantry also received donations from the Bushy Park Leo Club and the Boy Scouts in the month of December. The pantry will still need community support even after the holidays, so don't forget to help after the holiday rush is over.

The Food Pantry is open the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. In addition to nonperishable food items, it also collects and distributes cleaning items (not covered by food stamps). Donations of laundry detergent are needed.

To make a donation or learn more, email glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com or phone 410-489-7260.

Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School would like to congratulate the December Artist of the Month. Second Grader Olivia Lightening was named Artist of the Month for her stained glass artwork creation.

The artist of the month is selected by reviewing submissions of student artwork that are created outside of the Silver Bucket Studio Art Room. The work is then on display throughout the month.

Dayton Oaks Elementary School is very proud of the Band Musicians of the Month for December. Those students are Beau Brade, Devary Bennett and Eric Wetherell (alto sax), Bradley Hoffman (euphonium), Greta Kluckhuhn, Rebecca Bregman and Sydney Shin (clarinet), Jennifer Cook, Rebecca Le, Hannah Zhang (flute) and Hannah Saadat (percussion).

All of the Dayton Oaks Band musicians are encouraged to keep up the great work and awesome attitudes.

On a recent Tuesday evening, the staff of Dayton Oaks Elementary put aside their textbooks and lesson plans, and headed over to the McDonalds in Clarksville for McTeachers Night.

The teachers spent the evening working the front counter and drive-through window, as well as toasting buns in the kitchen, and greeting families and friends.

Joseph Cox, owner and operator of the Clarksville McDonalds, and parent of two Dayton Oaks students, donated 20 percent of the profits of the evening to Dayton Oaks to help raise funds for classroom books.

The evening of fundraising brought in $825. The school would like to thank McDonalds, as well as all the families that came out to support the fundraiser.