Hammond Middle School eighth-graders' generosity is striking


MICHELLE GLEDHILL of Hammond Middle School called to report on the achievements of eighth-graders this spring.

The eighth-graders decided to make a difference in the community.

They've been involved in activities such as food drives. But the students wanted to try something different.

They decided to pay for a bassinet for Howard County General Hospital's neonatal unit -- by bowling.

Two bowling alleys donated time, footgear and expertise.

The 208 members of the eighth grade collected pledges for pins knocked down.

And the students far exceeded their goal. They raised enough to purchase a bassinet, which will named for the class.

Top earners were Matt Wood, Allison Carlson, Chad Pattee and Kristen Facente.

Staff and management of Columbia Brunswick and Laurel Fair Lanes bowling alleys have earned a "thank you" for their co-operation and support.

A good idea

Save the Children, a nonprofit agency promoting children's causes around the world, was holding an art contest. Candy Beck, third-grade instructional assistant at Guilford Elementary School, asked art instructor Susan Clark if the pupils could enter the competition.

Clark said 'yes!' with enthusiasm.

"Candy is always looking for ways for the students to participate in activities," Clark said. "She goes way above what she needs to do."

As a result of Beck's initiative, the school participated in the contest last year.

This year the third-graders again took part. Clark provided assistance and direction to the artists during art classes and mailed the entries.

Out of about 5,000 entries from around the country, Guilford had six winners!

Winning designs are often reproduced on posters, cards and other licensed items used to raise funds.

All the entries had holiday themes.

Philip Bechara painted a Kwanzaa Celebration; Kara Davis a winter greeting; and Kelsey Girard painted Christmas.

All three won prizes, including a $500 savings bond.

Kelly Canales, Brittany Hall and Adrian Klein-Hebron won

honorable mention for their Kwanzaa designs.

Speaking of art

The new art at the Savage library this month is the work of Forest Ridge Elementary School students.

In the display case is a selection of masks that range from gorgeous to goofy.

Ashley Lopez, Katelyn Mauriello, Brionne Bradley, Nikki Panas and Rachael Curry created glamorous masks with glitter and fancy silks.

Josh Rosenbaum went for the camouflage look. C. J. Swift dotted his mask with purple smiley faces.

Chris Weir's has eyes made of red beads and green hair.

Nikolett Varsa's mask has purple pipe-cleaner horns and matching feathers for hair.

Kenney Manning's is black with bead hair.

James Franken's is quartered in four colors like a heraldic shield, while Lynn Browlie's is half-black, half-yellow, with black or yellow polka dots on a yellow or black ground.

And Audrey Goldberg made a mask that is distinctly animal: Hers is a white cat.

Time for strawberries

They are stoking up the stoves at Savage United Methodist Church.

On June 6, the church will hold its traditional Strawberry Festival -- featuring homemade ice cream and pit beef.

The festival has been a yearly event for a quarter-century.

Some of the diners will be second- and third-generation eaters.

But then, some cooks are second-generation, too.

Now the church's freezers are filled with the 500 shortcakes that church members made last Saturday. Next week, a group will descend on the church kitchen bearing a dozen or so dashers (about half are old-fashioned ice-cream makers) to make gallons of fresh vanilla ice cream to go over the shortcake.

This year, because of the poor weather, church members did not hand-pick the berries at local farms, as they usually do; they bought the berries at a produce market.

The menu also includes pit beef, barbecue, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, assorted side dishes and drinks.

The Strawberry Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Outdoor and indoor dining areas, carry-out and crafts will be available.

Early arrivals can sit down to lunch after seeing the Savage Fest Parade (on the same day), and after lunch enjoy the music at the Savage Fest across the street.

Finally, savvy folk finish the day with a pit-beef carry-out.

Community servers

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce held its 1998 community awards dinner. Among those honored were teachers Steven Buettner of Hammond Elementary, and Jack Burke and Elaine Wiland of Hammond High.

Pub Date: 5/29/98

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