Students to hold a sock hop tonight to benefit dialysis transport service NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

January 15, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The logistics of how to have a benefit dance at North Carroll High School in honor of a teacher -- without harming the rubberized gym floor -- were solved with a 1950s approach.

They're having a sock hop tonight: Students and teachers will check their shoes at the door along with their coats and hats, said physical education teacher Marsha Herbert, who is organizing the dance.

The dance is the first in a long time at North Carroll High School, Ms. Herbert said. It will benefit Carroll Transit System's dialysis transportation service, which suffered from state budget cuts this year.

Students and teachers at the school became aware of the program and the need for transportation when one of their own became a dialysis patient.

Business teacher Steve Boose, who has been on disability leave this year, had an unsuccessful kidney transplant and must receive regular dialysis.

"We miss him, and we thought we'd like to do something," Ms. Herbert said.

Ms. Herbert's father also has had dialysis treatments, she said.

In dialysis, a patient is hooked up to a machine through intravenous tubes. Over several hours, the machine filters the blood the way the kidneys would if they were functioning properly.

Patients usually need the treatment on a regular basis, such as weekly.

Ms. Herbert said the school hopes to raise $1,000. The money will not go to Mr. Boose, but to the dialysis transportation service that Carroll Transit provides for local residents.

Mr. Boose, of Westminster, does not use the Carroll Transit System.

But the students and faculty knew that other county residents rely on the nonprofit agency to get to their appointments, Ms. Herbert said.

The sock hop is open to North Carroll High students only, Ms. Herbert said.

The dance will begin at about 9 p.m., after the girls basketball game.

Faculty and students already have contributed about $600 toward the goal, and they expect to raise the rest tonight with the $2 admission fee to the dance.

Mr. Boose, 45, said he expects to attend the dance after his dialysis treatment scheduled for today.

"He's a great person," Ms. Herbert said.

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