Fourth-graders' food drive at Sandymount is inspiration for us all CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

April 19, 1993|By CINDY PARR

As a parent of 2.5 children (one 7, one 3 and one on the way), I find that kids, as Art Linkletter said, really do say the darndest things.

But recently, I have found that kids DO the darndest things, too.

Over the past several months, I've been watching the actions of several children who attend Sandymount Elementary School, where my 7-year-old daughter is a second-grader. Their desire and initiative to become involved locally in social issues at such an early age has been inspiring.

For example, during the month of April, fourth-grade students Morgan Bernstein, Dyanna Parker and Chad Zimmerman have taken it upon themselves to conduct a canned food drive at the school to benefit Carroll County Food Sunday.

Morgan and Dyanna, both 9, came up with the idea after fifth-grader Sean Davis organized and conducted a fund-raising effort to help Carroll County's homeless in February.

As part of Sean's campaign, students and staff were challenged to donate their ice cream and milk money for one day. By the end of the month, Sean had collected $133, which he donated to the Salvation Army. It was this young man's idea that got the fourth-graders' social wheels turning.

"We knew that Sean had collected money and we thought we could collect canned food," said Morgan. "We started planning it at the end of February, and we made a lot of posters and got boxes to put around the school."

Dyanna enlisted the help of her mother, Jill Parker, to choose an agency that would best benefit from the children's efforts.

"My mom contacted Carroll County Food Sunday and told them we were collecting food," Dyanna said. "They said they would be glad to have the food because it would be a real help to the hungry and homeless."

As part of their food drive, the three students, who are members of Mary Hall's class, have challenged each of Sandymount's 514 students to bring in at least one can or box of food. When their food drive ends April 30, the threesome hopes to have a substantial amount of food to deliver to Carroll County Food Sunday.

Meanwhile, all three children have learned a valuable lesson.

Conducting the food drive "makes us feel good. It's fun," Morgan said. "We just like helping people."

"It makes me feel good too," said 10-year-old Chad. "It makes me feel good knowing that I am helping hungry people."

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This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the fifth annual Children's Fair will take place at Cranberry Mall.

A variety of nonprofit agencies that offer services to children and youths in Carroll County will set up display booths and exhibits to focus attention on the county's commitment to its young people.

Parents are encouraged to attend and bring their children.

Information: Emily Ferren at 848-4250.

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Start stretching your legs for the March of Dimes Carroll County Walk-a-thon scheduled for Sunday at South Carroll High School.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) walk, which will begin at 8 a.m. Registration for the walk will start at 7 a.m.

A 2-mile route will be available for seniors and parents of small children who want to participate.

This is the second annual walk-a-thon in Carroll County.

Five counties throughout Maryland are sponsoring walks the same day.

Pledges collected from each walk-a-thon will go to provide expectant mothers with improved prenatal care necessary to deliver healthier babies.

Prizes will be awarded for participants' pledges of $75 and above.

To register or for more information, call 1-800-927-9255.

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