Praise for people who work on behalf of worthwhile causes CENTRAL Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

November 02, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing writer

There are lots of tales this week of teachers, students, parents and community people who are making a difference by going the extra mile for worthwhile causes.

It's only fitting that we recognize these people and their efforts.

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Hats off to West Middle School in Westminster for completing a successful food drive for the hungry last week.

The drive was organized by resource teacher Barbara Bankard and her seventh grade Extended Enrichment students.

More than 3,000 food items were collected by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students between Oct. 12 and Oct. 30.

All the items were donated to Carroll County Food Sunday, where they will be distributed to needy county residents.

Ms. Bankard said that the food drive was selected as a community service project by her 17 students, but it was a total school effort.

"We had set a goal of 2,500 food items and we had help from everybody in the school," said Ms. Bankard. "We had a friendly competition between the grades to see who could collect the most food items.

"It was the faculty support and the encouragement they gave the students that made this food drive so successful."

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Congratulations to Mrs. Helen Metz, principal at Sandymount Elementary School in Finksburg. Thanks to parents and teachers there, Mrs. Metz will be recognized for her leadership as chair of the construction planning committee for the new school on Old Westminster Pike.

Mrs. Metz, whose name did not appear on the plaque designed && for the new school, was supported by parents and teachers who insisted she should be included with other committee members.

The School Board decided last week that a new plaque would be made citing Mrs. Metz as the chairman of the committee.

"What really helped the Board decide to make a new plaque, was the amount of letters we received from parents as well as the input from faculty and staff," explained School Board president Cheryl McFalls.

"The Board felt that it was an unintentional oversight. There was an error made and we wanted to correct it."

Mrs. McFalls said the new plaque should be ready in about two months.

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The Westminster Fallfest Committee recently donated its $6,000 profits from Fallfest '92 to three nonprofit Carroll County organizations.

Benefiting from the event this year were Rape Crisis, Youth Services Bureau and Carroll Hospice. Each organization received Carol Donovan, who chaired the committee, said that over the last 15 years the committee has been able to assist a number of worthy organizations.

"Every January, we choose three organizations that will split the money. This year we received somewhere between 20 and 25 letters," she said. "The only criteria we have is that the organization is a Carroll County organization which serves the Westminster area."

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Attention kids, grades one through five.

If you are looking to have some fun on your vacation days from school this week, check out the Open Gym Days at the Longwell Municipal Center (Old Armory).

The Westminster City Recreation will sponsor the two special days from noon to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Friday.

Basketball, volleyball, video games and other table games will be available. The cost is $1 per child.

Information: 848-6962 or 876-1313.

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