Oakwood Elementary Kindergartner Destiny Lowman will tell you she doesn’t mind going to Sinai Hospital’s cancer center — she is allowed to play and sometimes gets small rewards — except when she has her port accessed.
“I cry — I close my eyes,” Destiny said. “I hold your hand,” she tells her mother Briana Lowman, “I squeeze your fingers.”
If you ask, she’ll tell you the other children probably feel the same.
Destiny was excited when she helped put smiles on some of those faces by delivering valentines to her fellow pediatric oncology patients at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.
“The whole school made them,” Destiny said. Her class has 24 students, who made clay hearts which were later fired and painted. There are about 300 children in the entire school.
Some teachers made contributions as well. Catherine Caple’s fourth and fifth grade art club stayed after school to paint the ceramic hearts, put them in bags and attach the cards.
“We have a character education committee and we try think of things we can do that doesn’t cost money,” Oakwood Guidance Counselor Carolyn Hall said. “We were trying to think of how we could make a difference and knowing her situation, we thought she would be perfect to take them and bring a smile to their faces.”
Hall said the goal was to teach the value of kindness, and that kindness does not cost anything.
Destiny is fighting leukemia — what she calls orange cancer. She’s been in and out of the hospital for a year, having to stay overnight about 70 times. The family hopes the end of the year also will bring the end of treatment.
Briana said while the hospital offers events and programs to brighten spirits, it’s rare to receive contributions from outsiders. Destiny said she would like to do something nice again for the pediatric oncology patients.
The school plans to hold a pajama drive April 16 to benefit the Casey Cares Foundation. Kids will be allowed to wear pajamas to school, and those who are able can donate a pair of new, two-piece pajamas, $10 movie gift cards or $10 pizza restaurant gift cards.
The drive is called the Casey Cares Biggest PJ Party, and will be held at multiple organizations. The foundation uses the donations to give families of a child undergoing cancer treatment a movie night and a fun, new pair of PJs.
Hall said the school was happy to make a difference in the community, and be able to connect that with a school family.
“Just the look on her face in the pictures from when she delivered the valentines — it was priceless,” Hall said.
For more information about the Biggest PJ Party, visit http://caseycares.org/events/caseycaresbiggestpjparty.
Sunday dinner bingo
American Legion Post 40, Fifth Ave. and Post 40 Road, hosts a Sunday dinner bingo Sunday featuring spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread and sodas.
Doors open at noon for dinner. Play begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include dinner and a bingo 12-pack (24 games). To purchase tickets, call 410-761-9869.
The Richard Henry Lee Elementary School PTA hosts a purse bingo at Glen Burnie Elks Lodge, 878 Stevenson Road, March 18. Doors open at noon. Play begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $22 in advance or $25 at the door and includes 20 regular games. All children must have a ticket and must be supervised by an adult.
Tickets will be sold at the school office until March 15. For more information, call or text 410-303-8059 or email email@example.com.
Spring craft fair
North County High School will host its spring craft and vendor fair noon-4 p.m. March 18.
Proceeds will benefit the school’s After-Prom Breakfast, which encourages kids to make good choices while continuing the fun. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/162207587888517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Country Club Pool, 1 Paul Marr Dr., will host an Easter extravaganza 10 a.m.–1 p.m. March 24 featuring an egg hunt, games, vendors, a yard sale and a visit from the bunny himself.
Mother’s Day vendor and craft fair
Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company, 4 South Broadview Blvd., will host a Mother’s Day vendor and craft fair 9 a.m.–1 p.m. May 5.
Food and drinks will be offered for purchase. For more information contact Laura Long at 443-690-4575 or email@example.com.
GBHS Class of ’56 birthday party
The Glen Burnie High School Class of 1956 will hold a celebration marking 80th birthdays May 16 at Kurtz’s Beach, 2070 Kurtz Ave.
For more information, email Charmaine (Hahn) Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals begin March 23 for the Anne Arundel County String Orchestra for middle school youth and beginner adults who play violin, viola, cello or bass. Advanced players willing to mentor others are encouraged to join. Participants should be able to read music.
Rehearsals are held at Ferndale United Methodist Church, 117 Ferndale Road, and run through May 4. There will be no rehearsal March 30 (Good Friday). A concert will be held May 4.
Easter basket donations
Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, is accepting donations for Easter baskets for neighbors in need.
Items requested include Easter candy, boxed au gratin or scalloped potatoes, brownie or cake mix and frosting, egg dye, canned fruit, canned corn, green beans or asparagus, as well as monetary donations for the purchase of Easter hams and other perishable items.
- The church will offer a Mundy Thursday dramatic presentation with communion entitled “Do you know what I have done for you?” at 7 p.m. March 29.
- A Tenebrae-A Service of Shadows will be offered at 7 p.m. March 30.
- Worship with communion will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday (April 1). For more information, call the church at 410-766-4338 or email@example.com.
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