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The gift of a comforting bedtime

What more peaceful way to end a day than in clean, cozy new jammies, cuddled up with a great book?

Stoneleigh Elementary School and Scholastic Book Club believe that all children deserve a comforting and assuring bedtime. SES Student Council chose the Scholastic Book Club’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive as their fall service project, which ran from Dec. 4-12. The pajama drive accepted brand-new pajamas, in all sizes and for all seasons, though warm winter choices were encouraged. Students and families donated 160 pajamas! Scholastic Book Club matched the efforts, agreeing to donate a brand new book for each set of pajamas, and the pairings will be given to children living in shelters.

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Kudos to Stoneleigh Kindergarten teacher Addie Howard, who alerted school counselors Norma Leaf and Mary Gardill to this project. Bonding over books at bedtime is important for all children, and at-risk children have perhaps the most to gain from this cherished routine. Since 2009, the Scholastic Book Club’s Pajama Drive (www.scholastic.com/pajamadrive) has helped collect and match more than 600,000 pajamas and books for children in need. This year, the goal was set at 100,000 pajama/book pairings. As of this writing, more than 62,000 had already been donated nationwide — and still counting!

Calvert Hall College High School held its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Nov. 22, and boy oh boy did those boys deliver! The school challenged each homeroom to set a goal, and for three weeks they collected non-perishable items. The official goal was set at 12,000 items, but they smashed that goal by bringing in 15,221 (an average of 12 items per student). The Hall’s haul could serve meals to 12,500 people. The piled-high donations were sorted and distributed locally to Our Daily Bread, Paul’s Place, and Women’s Housing Coalition, as well as to Artesanos Don Vosco in Peru.

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Patrick Seidl, of Maryland CASA, asked me to give a shout-out to some terrific women who donated Christmas presents for local children in foster care. Nearly 600 children are placed in foster care each year in Baltimore County due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. About a third of those children are provided with individual advocacy through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). This year, the OWLS of the Greater Capital Area (metroowls.org) joined forces with CASA of Baltimore County to help bring those children some special holiday cheer. The generous effort was led by Towson residents Ellen Hoadley and Andrea Curtis and the rest of the OWLS organization. More than 150 festively-wrapped gifts were distributed to the children at the CASA of Baltimore County’s Christmas party Dec. 14.

I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I look forward to hearing about all the great happenings in our Towson community in 2018!

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