Teen-agers mark week by volunteering

April 20, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Carroll teen-agers will spend this week feeding the hungry, entertaining the elderly, preparing playgrounds for children and performing other good deeds as part of National Student Service Day.

The Future Homemakers of America club at Francis Scott Key High School is packing lunches today to be distributed at an area soup kitchen.

At the Westminster city playground off Center Street, 10 of Westminster High School's best artists will be repainting the metal equipment children climb on and ride.

Another 40 Westminster High students will be picking up litter and brush from alleys and a wooded area connecting the new Whispering Meadows city park with the Westminster Jaycees Park.

"I told them I wanted their best painters" for the playground, said Carol Donovan, city supervisor of recreation and activities.

The playground gets a lot of use and the old metal equipment has to be repainted every year because the paint chips, Ms. Donovan said. "Usually I have to wait until my staff gets here in May, but by then it's too hot for the paint to dry well," she said.

Yesterday, 16 Westminster West Middle School students performed a series of tongue-in-cheek, reworked fairy tales for Westminster Senior Center patrons. Students of Carol Kelly and Jim Beck perform every year for the center as part of their reading class, said eighth-grader Pam McFarland of Pleasant Valley, who was waiting in the hall before doing her segment.

Pam said the students think of it more as entertainment than community service. "We're just doing it for their pleasure," she said.

She is among the first crop of students to be affected by the new state mandate to perform 75 hours of community service before graduation.

"It's a good idea," Pam said of the service requirement. "It helps. I'm going to be working at the hospital as a volunteer. I was gong to do that anyway. I want to be an RN [registered nurse]."

Classmate Amanda Mucciarone of Finksburg, among the West Middle students performing at the senior center, said the service requirement will make students more aware of their communities.

Amanda has almost completed her requirement. She has about 50 hours accumulated working with handicapped students in her school.

"If we see them in the halls, we go up and talk to them for a while and they feel really good about that," Amanda said.

Elsewhere in the county, schools are having service "fairs," said Estelle Sanzenbacher, Carroll County schools service coordinator. West Middle had a fair Friday, and North Carroll Middle and Key High School will have one today.

Mount Airy Middle will have a service fair April 30.

At the fairs, representatives from groups such as Carroll County Food Sunday, Pets on Wheels and Students Against Drunk Driving are available to let students know of volunteer opportunities.

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