Elkridge: School's second annual Elkster 5k fundraiser a big success

Jeanne DeBoy would like to thank all those who participated in, assisted with and supported Elkridge Elementary School's second annual Elkster 5k, which was held on Sunday, April 15 on the school grounds. A total of 142 students, parents, staff and teachers at Elkridge Elementary and other schools participated in this event, hosted by Elkridge Elementary's PTA.

All Elkridge Elementary student participants were entered into a drawing to win a bike and the winner was fifth-grader Zach Fletcher. Emily Ruffing's third-grade class had the most participants and, to celebrate, they have won a cupcake party. All participating Elkridge Elementary staff and faculty were entered into a drawing to win a Charm City Run gift card, along with two dozen chocolate chip toffee nut cookies and the winner of that prize was second-grade teacher Lisa Goldberg.


The faculty and staff would like to thank the following organizations that supported the event: John DeBoy and JTJ Engineering Inc. (event sponsor); Bakery Express (supplier of bagels); Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department (volunteer EMT services); and Running Maryland (timer and score keeper).

The race results can be found at http://www.runningmaryland.com and at EESPTA@hotmail.com. Many thanks from Elkridge Elementary to all of the runners, supporters and volunteers that helped make the second annual Elkster 5K a success!

On a side note to all runners, walkers and interested volunteers: Mark your calendar and save the date for the "Give Where You Live 5K Family Fun Run," the annual benefit for the Elkridge Food Pantry and Garden. This year's fun run/walk will be held Sept. 16, so watch this space for more details as the date draws closer.

For the past 12 months or so, the Elkridge Food Pantry has been consistently receiving generous contributions of non-perishable goods through the donation box that has been in the foyer of the Elkridge Branch Library and Elkridge Senior Center. Pantry officials would like to thank Phil Lord and his staff at the library for their support and assistance on behalf of this initiative.

Pantry officials would like to announce that, as of mid-April, the donation box now has a new home at Green Valley Marketplace. Green Valley has already been an avid supporter of the EFP, donating cartfuls of food and baked goods and now they have stepped up to assist the pantry even further by placing the donation box at the store.

Conveniently located just past the checkout registers, you are invited to grab a few extra items and place them in the EFP box. Pantry officials appreciate your generosity, and extend their appreciation to Green Valley for their ongoing support of our less fortunate neighbors.

For more information on how you can help the EFP through monetary donations, perishable goods, or volunteer efforts, email Lori Gerus at algerus@juno.com

According to Leo Zerhusen, founder of H.O.P.E., Inc. (He Opens Paths to Everyone), Comptroller Peter Franchot will present H.O.P.E, with the inaugural William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for the organization's work in providing basic resources to the needy in Anne Arundel County.


The organization was started by Zerhusen and another former teacher (like himself) who saw first-hand the immense and ever expanding need of families in the County for basic necessities such as clean clothes, furniture and beds, as well as the needs of the local homeless by providing food, tents, sleeping bags, and severe weather gear.

Franchot created the Schaefer Award to honor the legacy of public service, which had been exemplified by former Baltimore mayor, governor and comptroller William Donald Schaefer's lifelong commitment to helping people. At this writing, Franchot was scheduled to present the award to H.O.P.E. on Monday, April 23, at the H.O.P.E warehouse, 146 South Azar Court, Glen Burnie.

For more details about H.O.P.E., Inc., its mission and upcoming events, go to http://www.hopeforall.us. Congratulations to Zerhusen and H.O.P.E. for this honorable and well-deserved recognition.

Howard High School's Booster Club — Lions' Pride — has a long tradition of awarding scholarships to male and female scholar athletes to recognize the rigors of balancing a solid academic focus and dedicated athletic achievements. The Lions' Pride executive board will award four scholarships, with $1,000 each to the top male and female scholar athlete and $500 each to the runner-up male and female scholar athlete.

These scholarships are made possible through the combined efforts of the Howard students, administrators, faculty and parents who support Lions' Pride through memberships, use of the concession stands, attendance at the annual bull and oyster roast, and donations.

Howard High School student athletes are highly encouraged to apply; the application paperwork is available from the school's guidance office. The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, May 4 and to the attention of guidance counselor David Glenn. For questions or assistance, Howard applicants should contact Glenn in the guidance office.


In other Elkridge Elementary School news, the school's annual field day is May 30 and they are asking for volunteers from the community — especially former Elkridge Elementary students who may want to earn community service hours — to help with this day of fun and fitness.

The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students will be participating in a wide variety of fun activities from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; kindergarteners and first- and second-graders will have their "fun the sun" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. A disc jockey will provide music to the day's festivities and all that activity and fitness will be topped off with refreshing snowballs, courtesy of Cindy's Soft Serve.

Conrad Brookhart, Elkridge Elementry physical education and related arts team leader, would like to extend sincere thanks on behalf of the school to Claude Sacker, proprietor of Cindy's Soft Serve for his generous contributions of that beloved flavored ice that he provides every year for field day and other special events

Anyone wishing to volunteer on behalf of the Elkridge Elementary field day, should contact the school at 410-313-5006, and ask for Brookhart, Books or Abramson.

I am happy to present the Elkridge Landing Middle School March Students of the Month! These students have been selected by their teachers for consistently demonstrating the value of integrity in their day-to-day school life. Integrity is a very admirable attribute, and these young men and ladies exemplify a strict code of personal ethics and are consistently truthful and fair.


The students of the month for March from the sixth grade are: Chris Pham, Seth Shotwell, Megan Shouse, Grace Suh, and Ariana Withers; from seventh grade: Ellie Brown, Shane Gray, Cara Lamberty, Mabel O'Connor, Donald Place, Melissa Robinson and Daren Smith; and from the eighth grade: Alexis Agbai, Izzy Gifford, Trevor Hilterbrick, Stephen McNair and Jake Von Neida. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Here's an opportunity to help build a kinder, bully-free community. Students ages 11-17 are invited to attend a discussion on bullying on Thursday, May 17, 7-9 p.m., at the Miller Branch Library, in Ellicott City. Continuing the discussion from the 2011 Choose Civility Symposium, Howard County middle school students consider the effects of bullying and learn practical strategies for resolving conflict with instructors from the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College.

For more information, call 410-313-1950.

Interested in babysitting to earn extra money, or just want to fine-tune your care giving skills? This class will put you on the "Super Babysitter" list! St. Agnes Hospital and Health Quest Inc. are co-sponsoring a Super Babysitter Class, being offered on April 28, June 23 and Oct. 27. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Agnes Hospital. These two organizations are also co-sponsoring a CPR Class for Teens, being offered on the same dates (April 28, June 23 and Oct. 27), which is pretty convenient. The CPR class runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and is also held at the hospital. The cost for each subject (babysitting and CPR) is $30.

For more information and to register, call 1-866-690-9355.

Keep the Patapsco Heritage Greenway 13th annual Garlic Mustard Challenge on your calendar for Sunday, May 6, 1- 4:30 p.m., in the Orange Grove Area of Patapsco State Park. This event primarily centers on a garlic mustard-pulling contest, but the PHG has made a regular celebration out of this yearly battle with the invasive garlic mustard, and the event will feature a chef contest, old-fashioned games, music by Elkridge's own Sam "the Muleman" Miller, a watershed scavenger hunt, environmental exhibits and more.

If you'd like to get involved, volunteers are needed for all areas, including set up, registration, cleanup, games, cooking and poster contests, refreshments, scavenger hunt, cleanup, etc. If you are interested, email Betsy McMillion at patapscofriend@gmail.com.

There are only a few days left to get your tickets to the Elkridge Hurricanes Football and Cheer Organization 2012 fundraiser concert. This event will be held on Saturday, May 12, 4 p.m. to midnight at Daniels Restaurant, 5854 Washington Blvd. The concert will headline the Baltimore band High Voltage, with the opening act being the Hurricanes' own, I'm Just Sayin.

Tickets are $20 per person and on sale now at http://www.showtimetix.com. All proceeds — including 10 percent of all food and beverages purchased on May 12 at Daniels — will go to the EHFCA to help offset the cost of uniforms, light rentals, field usage and other equipment.

Tickets are limited and will only be available through April 30. This is family-friendly event and guaranteed to be fun for all, so get your tickets now and make plans to come out and support the Elkridge Hurricanes.

For additional information on the event, or corporate sponsorships, call Bill Leishear, director of fundraising, at 410-336-1021 or email him at bleishear@printingimages.com.

If you've got anything to share with your friends and neighbors in the Neighborhood View, I'd love to hear about it and pass it on. Until next time, please pay it forward and practice random acts of kindness. Thanks and have a stellar week!