GENTLY USED suitcases or large duffel bags are needed for foster children, and Helpful Hands is collecting them.
The group also is collecting donations for toiletries, such as hair brushes and deodorant, to be packed inside the suitcases.
Helpful Hands is made up of four students from North Carroll Middle School who generate projects to assist needy children. Led by Jamie Ridgely, the members are Sarah Schultz and sisters Julie and Suzanne Jugo. Three of the girls are 13; Suzanne is 12.
They frequently tackle large projects. In November, the four collected donations and provided Thanksgiving dinners to 50 families. They have also raised money for Carroll County Food Sunday, which used the proceeds to buy milk.
Jamie has been selected to receive an engraved distinguished finalist medal from the 1999 Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her volunteer work in the community.
"If any church or club would like to get involved, that would be great," Jamie said. "There is a great need for suitcases or duffels for foster children to carry from home to home. Anything a child or teen-ager can carry belongings in would work."
Most of Jamie's projects for Helpful Hands are developed from her ideas and talents. The idea of collecting suitcases, however, was suggested by Craig Giles, the North Carroll Middle teacher who directs community service activities.
"He asked a couple of students to try this, so I'm having my group of Helpful Hands start it off," Jamie said.
They're working with Maude Morris at Foster Care Services for Carroll County, who has located storage for the collected items.
Weekend collection sites have been established at Spring Garden Elementary, Manchester Elementary and the Westminster Antique Mall. The collection will take place until March 27.
For donation times, call Jamie at 410-239-3953.
Success in school
Last Wednesday, sixth-grade students from Team 1 at North Carroll Middle School were encouraged to stay after school to display their extracurricular activities and show yo-yo spinning skills to students and parents. At least 60 parents and siblings attended.
A kaleidoscopic variety of interests was exhibited by the sixth-grade students. Laura Schaefer provided chips and dip for those who stopped to listen as she played the flute.
Begga Pagels displayed art work and a poem recently published by Random House. Holly Boltz permitted careful stroking of the rabbit mother and baby she bred in a 4-H project. My son, Adam, showed his sketchbook drawings of spacecraft and underwater cities.
Andy Czarnowsky held a limber challenge to friends. Andy balanced himself upon a bongo board, which is like a skateboard attached to a small barrel. He could roll the full length while keeping a book atop his head. Plenty of friends tried, but did not succeed at the stunt.
"We see these kids in an academic setting and to see this, we remember they're kids, with activities outside of school," said Keith Purcaro, geography teacher.
Teachers presented certificates for achieving A's and B's on report cards, for completing all homework, and for exemplary and perfect attendance.
Student Alexia VanHorn chose to sing a solo to the seated audience of parents between certificate presentations. She sang the popular theme from "Titanic."
"We want to celebrate academic achievement, attendance and our homework heroes," said Deborah Calhoun, the team's language arts teacher. "This display shows a phenomenal collection of talent and interests," she said.
Art show in Manchester
Carroll County artists are encouraged to exhibit in the annual Manchester Historical Center Art Show and Sale, Feb. 28 through March in the Town Council Chambers, York Street.
The exhibition has grown every year as a showcase of area talent. A reception for the public to meet the artists will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28.
Commission from the sale of artworks benefits the historical society, which maintains a three-room museum of Manchester history.
Only original artwork not previously exhibited at this show is accepted, with a limit of three large or five small works per artist. Organizers require that two-dimensional media be framed and prepared for hanging. Sculptors and others displaying three-dimensional work must provide their own protection against damage.
The show is not juried, and there are no prizes awarded. Registration includes a $5 fee and should be completed by Feb. 22.
To apply, call Phyllis Gettier at 410-374-4404 or Sue Mancha at 410-239-7163.
Pub Date: 2/17/99