Taking a stand for children March to raise awareness, money for local groups


Inspired by a national march two years ago, Sharon Green has decided to take a stand for Carroll County's children with a fund-raising march tomorrow to Westminster's City Hall Park.

"Actions speak louder than words," said Green, 34, a Westminster resident and child care advocate.

Green hopes the mile-long march through downtown Westminster will focus attention on children's issues and raise money for two local organizations. Participants are asked to seek pledges.

She is summoning family, friends and residents to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467 at 516 Poole Road to do for children what Earth Day did for the environment.

"As a mother of five young children, I understand the need for quality, affordable child care," Green said. "I'm hoping this event will raise awareness."

The march, sponsored by Westminster United Methodist Church, will begin at 11 a.m., rain or shine.

Participants will walk from Poole Road to Center Street, then down Main Street to City Hall Park, where speakers will kick off a program scheduled from noon to 4 p.m.

About 13 agencies will have exhibits at the park. Among them will be the Carroll County Family Support Center and Junction Inc., an organization that provides outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

Several day care centers will be represented, including the Main Street Early Learning Center and Raising Hopes, which provides free day care for children of women who are taking parent classes or trying to earn a general equivalency degree.

The program will also include family activities such as singing, dancing, face painting and storytelling. Hamburgers, hot dogs and lemonade will be sold.

"All money raised from this event will be donated to Carroll County Head Start and Raising Hopes," said Green.

She hopes the march will raise at least $1,000.

Green said she was inspired to organize the march after participating in a similar event two years ago in Washington.

Nearly 200,000 people representing groups such as the Girl Scouts, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the March of Dimes and the National Council of Churches participated in the "Stand for Children," calling for better health, safety and education of children.

Held June 1, 1996, the Washington event was sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund. The group was founded to strengthen the institutions that support families -- child care, after-school activities and community programs.

Information: Sharon Green, 410-751-5419.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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