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Hundreds lace up for Memorial Run for Rod [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

The team that makes up the Rodney Williams Memorial Committee includes, from left, Sydney Williams, Allison Williams, Lynn Williams, Madi Stepherson, Toby Dilworth, Rider Jordan and Katie Mills.
The team that makes up the Rodney Williams Memorial Committee includes, from left, Sydney Williams, Allison Williams, Lynn Williams, Madi Stepherson, Toby Dilworth, Rider Jordan and Katie Mills. (Submitted photo/for the Baltimore Sun)

The Memorial Run for Rod was held Sunday, Nov. 16, to honor Glenelg High School guidance counselor Rodney Williams, who died in June as the result of a motorcycle accident. All the proceeds raised from the run went towards an education fund for his two daughters.

The student members of the Rodney Williams Memorial Committee — Toby Dilworth, Rider Jordan and Madi Stepherson — were delighted with the success of the event. Over 500 people participated in the walk and run, including Williams' wife, children and family.

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Jen Birsa, who placed second in the women's division of the 5K run, commented that it was a well organized event, which makes her "proud to live in a community that comes together to support important causes."

Thanksgiving is almost here. At a time when many of us are giving thanks for the bounty in our lives, others are suffering. Local students are showing how thankful they are by helping to alleviate the suffering.

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The Bushy Park Elementary School Leo Club is holding a food drive to support FISH of Howard County. The club's theme is Howard Kids Helping Howard Families, and that's what they are doing.

The Folly Quarter Middle School Leo Club members are also collecting food, household items and gift cards for Howard County families for their Thanksgiving Food Drive. They have already collected and delivered 250 coats, which will help keep local families warm this winter.

The students at Folly Quarter also collected over 2,000 school items for needy children in Bolivia at their Latino Night. Eight boxes of new learning materials were shipped to Bolivian students. Enough money was also collected to cover the shipping costs and to send a check to the Mano a Mano organization, which builds new schools in rural Bolivia.

Every month the students at Dayton Oaks Elementary collect and deliver groceries to senior citizens through the Food on the 15th program, which is designed to provide free groceries around the middle of the month, when some seniors begin to run out of money and have to choose between buying medicine or food.

Our young neighbors are learning about the rewards of volunteering, and enjoying the good feeling that comes from helping others.

Celebrating Thanksgiving means that Christmas is almost here. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will have Breakfast with St. Nicholas on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will cost $8 for adults and $6 for children under 10. In addition to enjoying breakfast with St. Nicholas, children will learn about the saint and make seasonal crafts, while adults can shop for fresh wreaths and seasonal gifts.

There will also be a St. Nick Shop where children can buy and wrap one dollar gifts for their parents. Be sure to bring your camera to capture your morning with St. Nicholas. If you have questions or want to reserve tickets, send an email to Hannah Graham at hgrahamstandrews@gmail.com.

The Glenelg High School Marching Unit will have a fundraiser at Ten Oaks Tavern in Glenelg on Wednesday, Dec. 3. At any time during the day that you eat in or carry out you will help support the Marching Unit. Enjoy great food for a great cause.

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