This week at Spring Garden Elementary, students are collecting school supplies. The supplies will be sent to children, like themselves, in elementary school. But they are children who survived Hurricane Andrew.
They attend Hattie Watts Elementary in Patterson, La. Most families nearby live in trailer parks. When the hurricane swept through town, it spared no one.
It was Ruth Steinmetz's idea to help the school in Louisiana. She is the fund-raiser for the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department.
Every year, fire trucks and firefighters bring the message of fire safety to Spring Garden and Hampstead elementary schools during Fire Prevention Week. Our children receive a treat -- pencils, book covers, something about fire safety. Money for these materials are supplied by the school PTAs.
This year, Mrs. Steinmetz asked that the money be sent to those attending Hattie Watts Elementary.
"Ruth was determined to find an elementary school," said Spring Garden PTA President Richard Riddle. "She felt our children could understand they were helping others just like themselves, so had hounded the Red Cross to identify one school of the many in need."
Four weeks ago, PTA member Cindy Reedy had another idea: Our children could help them in a more concrete way. Surely school supplies were needed, too.
After a call to Louisiana, Mr. Riddle had a list.
The list is short: Crayons, construction paper, loose-leaf paper, notebooks, composition books, pencils, scissors, glue, paper plates and towels, and a few other items.
There's a big box at Spring Garden for the new supplies. At Hampstead Elementary, a special booth during Fall Fest on Oct. 24 will collect supplies, too. The school is also donating all its outdated, but new, school sweat shirts and pants.
If you'd like to contribute, drop by or call either school -- Hampstead Elementary at 374-2850, Spring Garden at 374-9202.
Local artists and familiar scenery are being featured at Gallery on Main in Hampstead. The gallery, above Timeless Creations florist shop at 1216 N. Main, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Gallery manager John Terzano also does custom framing and repair. You can contact the gallery at 239-4689.
John Stevens, an artist living on Gablehammer Road, has studied the old mills of Brodbeck and Trenton with pen and ink. He also renders farm scenes of this area, said Mr. Terzano.
With colorful pastel, Bim Jones has sketched landscapes from her Parkton hometown and the Pretty Boy Reservoir area.
Dawn Barnes, an oil painter of wildlife and hunting scenes, "just brought in one of hunting dogs at rest," said Mr. Terzano.
Eldersburg artist Corinna Johnson, it seems, has illuminated groups of fruit and flowers by her watercolor technique.
Limited edition prints by David Nolton of Virginia, known for country and bay scenes, are also being shown.