CERTAIN BIRTHDAYS are recognized as milestones. A 40th birthday is one, and students, staff and administration at Freedom Elementary School are kicking off a yearlong celebration of their school's anniversary.
The school was dedicated during the third week of October 1955 and the PTA anniversary planning committee has scheduled events to commemorate the school's opening.
Yesterday, students received a slice of birthday cake from one of several large sheet cakes baked for the occasion. The children enjoyed the school-shaped cake created by Teresa Burdinski.
Clothing and fads of the 1950s will be remembered today and Friday when students are encouraged to dress in styles of that era. Root beer floats for a bygone price of 25 cents will be sold Thursday.
Throughout the year, the school will sponsor events. Plans include a family movie night, family roller skating party, family sock hop and a family game show night.
Wooden replicas of the school, complete with a brief school history on the back, will be sold by the PTA for $8.
Tonight, the teachers and staff of Freedom Elementary will be working hard behind the counter at Eldersburg's Roy Rogers Restaurant from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Their efforts will be rewarded with 20 percent of the restaurant's profits during those hours.
Money raised for homeless
The recent CROP Walk sponsored by E.S.C.A.P.E. Ministries Inc. was a success, raising more than $5,000 to help the hungry in Carroll County and around the world.
Local schools and churches were well represented by the 105 walkers who participated. The two youngest walkers to complete the 10-kilometer hike and turn in pledge sheets were Eric Miller from Carrolltowne Elementary and Robbie Parks from Eldersburg Elementary.
The five walkers with the top pledge amounts turned in the day of the walk were recognized by Carol Deal, chairman of the walk. They are: Janet Boyd, Tara Gist, Aileen Hudspeth, Russell Sharp and Lindsey Rankin.
Refreshments were provided by Martin's and youth groups from Messiah Lutheran Church and St. Paul's Church. Members of Cub Scout Den 4 of Pack 110 helped distribute the goodies.
Church dinner scheduled
Oakland United Methodist Church is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults; $2.50 for ages 3-12; children 3 and younger eat free. The fellowship hall is on Oakland Mills Road. Information: 795-3115.
Girl Scouts' hop
Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 658 are sponsoring a Sock Hop on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Freedom Community Center on Route 32.
Students in grades four through seven may attend. Tickets are $3. Information: 795-1421.
Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.