Teens will have a party train to catch after South Carroll High School's prom May 13 if all goes as planned by the school's new Parent Teacher Student Organization.
The after-prom extravaganza is set to begin in Westminster, where celebrants will board The EnterTRAINment Line for a 5 1/2 -hour, nonstop adventure to Pennsylvania and back.
"We've put our deposit down. . . . We're hoping for a big turnout," said PTSO President Dick Crowe. "We're looking for at least 150 kids."
Food and movies will be featured at the party, which will include karaoke music, a disc jockey and a train car reserved for dancing.
Activities still are open to suggestions from teachers, parents and students. The PTSO's next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in the school media center.
"We're trying to encourage everybody to come who wants to," Mr. Crowe said.
In planning the event, the PTSO has emphasized finding something different to attract teens. The group sent letters asking for door prizes, food, and donations to help make it affordable and fun.
Students are "very enthusiastic about this because it's something new," Mr. Crowe said.
The 1995 alcohol- and drug-free after-prom party for South Carroll High juniors and seniors is the PTSO's reason for being, he said. The annual event had been supported by South Carroll's Parent Advisory Committee, which disbanded last year.
The PTSO was organized in October, thanks to encouragement from South Carroll Principal David Booz, Mr. Crowe said.
The new group plans to add its support to other activities, including a drug awareness symposium and a teacher appreciation day.
Adding dollars to PTSO coffers to finance the after-prom party will keep members busy next month.
The group is taking orders until April 6 for a Coupon Savings
Book that features $400 in discounts from merchants in Westminster, Mount Airy and Eldersburg. The books, at $19.95 each, are available from students or the school. They will be delivered beginning April 10. Coupons are valid at least through 1995 and most until next March, Mr. Crowe said.
People can eat at area restaurants at designated days and times help raise money for the after-prom event. Among the participants:
* Bob's Big Boy Restaurant in Mount Airy, which will donate part of its proceeds April 17.
* McDonald's in Eldersburg, which will donate a percentage of its proceeds between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 18. Members of the South Carroll faculty and staff will be working there. Mr. Booz is recruiting volunteers.
* Roy Rogers in Eldersburg, which will donate a portion of its profits between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 24. Mr. Crowe said the restaurant will post a reminder on its marquee.
For more information about South Carroll's after-prom party or the PTSO, call the school office at (410) 795-8500.
Students from Mount Airy Elementary, Mount Airy Middle and Twin Ridge Elementary schools shared their dreams for America's future in a recent essay contest sponsored by Mount Airy's Gold Star Unit 191 American Legion Auxiliary.
zTC Peace, equality, families, education, medicine, wildlife protection, pollution, crime, guns, drugs, the elderly and the homeless were areas of interest by the young authors, who competed for three levels of prizes at each school.
Chairwoman Evaleen Leon said the contest is one of nine programs sponsored by the legion and auxiliary to promote patriotism. Winners received $25 for first place, $15 for second and $10 for third. They are:
* Mount Airy Middle: First, Michael Connors; second, Adam Hynes; and third, Jennie Moore.
* Mount Airy Elementary: First, Mallory Sutphin; second, Michael Uzzo; third, Jason Sadilet.
* Twin Ridge Elementary: First, Christina Pickrell; second, Dirk Sampselle; third, Marcus Nicholson.
First-place essays by Michael Connors and Mallory Sutphin were entered in the Western Maryland District Americanism Contest.
Don't forget "Little Shop of Horrors," to be presented by South Carroll High School Stagelighters tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
The two-act musical comedy, written by Howard Ashman, features 21 student cast members who share the stage with Audrey II, a 6-foot plant with an attitude.
Tickets are $4. The school is at 1300 West Old Liberty Road in Winfield.
South Carroll's Key Club will sponsor a spaghetti dinner both evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a final seating at 6:40 p.m. The dinner includes salad, pasta with meatballs, bread and beverage for $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for senior citizens, and $4.50 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under can eat free.
Pancakes and sausages will be served all day tomorrow at Prospect United Methodist Church, 5923 Woodville Road, near Mount Airy in Frederick County.
From 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will be offered. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 5 to 8.
Chicken platters will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at $5 for adults and $2.25 for children. Children 4 and under can eat free.
Residents will have two opportunities for all-you-can-eat dinners Sunday to help raise money for the operating budgets of host fire companies.
Turkey, oysters and ham will be featured at Mount Airy Fire Company's Spring Dinner, which begins at noon at the firemen's activities building at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.
Roast beef, fried chicken and ham will be the fare at Winfield Community Fire Department's Spring Dinner, which begins at noon at the fire hall at 1320 West Old Liberty Road.