SIXTEEN SIXTH-GRADE pupils from Mount Airy Middle School participated in voting for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award.
To be eligible to vote for a favorite book, each pupil had to read at least three books from the nominee list.
To celebrate their achievement, the pupils were treated to a pizza party during study hall last month. Top favorites at the middle school were "Ella Enchanted," by Gail Carson Levine, and "101 Ways to Bug Your Parents," by Lee Wardlaw.
Participants in the contest included Amy Brueckmann, Bryan Collins, Nikki Cox, Cathy Korpacz, Julie Landsman, Austin Maccherola, Marissa Polichene and Amanda Pratt.
Also, Ashley Seale, Brenda Sheridan, Christine Shumar, Josh Skroupa, John Slagle, Lindsay Warfield, David Williams and Ashley Yutzy participated.
The winning books at the state level will be announced next month.
Pupil wins contest
Tom Wheeler, a seventh-grader at Mount Airy Middle School, was the winner of the "Seuss on the Loose" contest last month in honor of Dr. Seuss' 96th birthday.
Sixty-eight pupils identified all eight titles of the Seuss books read by students and teachers in the contest, and Tom's paper was the winning entry in the drawing.
Tom received a $10 gift certificate for Whistlestop Book Store and a coupon for a free ice cream or frozen yogurt cup at the TCBY in Mount Airy.
St. Paul's Nearly New Shop will hold a bag sale from noon to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow.
All clothing, books, toys and housewares are included in the sale, and the cost is $3 for each brown paper grocery bag.
The thrift shop is at Bob's Barn, 15420 Frederick Road in Woodbine.
St. Paul's needs volunteers to help at the thrift shop. This is a way for students to fulfill the 75 hours of community service required by schools. Anyone interested in volunteering, or for information about the sale, should call the church office at 410-489-4411.
Church pancake day
Prospect United Methodist Church will hold its annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. tomorrow.
The menu features buckwheat or regular pancakes, country sausage, applesauce, juice and coffee. Cost for the breakfast is $4.25 for adults and $2.25 for children 5 to 8 years old. Children age 4 and younger eat for free.
The church will serve chicken platters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. that include two pieces of chicken, parsleyed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw and beverage. A bake table will be available.
Cost for the chicken platters is $5.50 for adults and $2.25 for children 5 to 8 years old. Children age 4 and younger eat for free.
Prospect Church is at 5923 Woodville Road in Mount Airy. Information: Debbie Barneski, 301-831-6339.
Touring choir program
Calvary United Methodist Church is presenting Grove City College Touring Choir, conducted by Douglas A. Browne, at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday.
The concert of sacred music will be conducted during the Maundy Thursday service. During the service, the church will also begin the "Journey to the Resurrection" drama and will hear "John the Disciple" recall the Last Supper with Jesus. The evening will conclude with Holy Communion.
Calvary United Methodist Church is at 403 S. Main St. in Mount Airy. Information: 301-829-2836.
Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.