South Carroll High store stocks it all

NEIGHBORS

November 25, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Thanks to a group of dedicated mothers, there's a lot more than notebook paper and No. 2 pencils available at South Carroll High's school store.

"We have a whole line of clothing," said Ann Ballard, one of the store committee's co-chairwomen.

From black and gold duffel bags to triple-layer, micro-mesh, long black shorts, the parent committee that manages the store has selected a wide variety of teen-pleasing items that feature the South Carroll logo. "We get constant compliments from the kids," Mrs. Ballard said.

Other store offerings include stadium seat cushions, mock turtleneck shirts, three types of baseball hats, athletic socks, sweat suits -- some with hoods -- and two styles of "designer" sweat shirts with "Cavaliers" embroidered with gold-colored thread. All are "great gift ideas," said Mrs. Ballard.

The committee is expecting gray button-down baseball shirts and college-style appliqued sweat shirts any day, she said.

The store, nestled in a small room across the hall from the school cafeteria, is staffed by parent volunteers from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

A "What's New" board is posted outside the store door to keep students apprised of new items. The committee also created a display of school supplies and clothing items with a complete price list in a glass case in the school's lobby.

Evening hours will be offered during basketball season at a "school store table" near food sales in the lobby. Mrs. Ballard said the table will be manned from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. by a parent volunteer and by students earning community service credits. The evening hours will premiere Dec. 9-10 during this season's first basketball games.

"We'll be there for all the girls and boys [home] games until February," Mrs. Ballard said.

South Carroll High's Parent Involvement Committee operated the store during the 1992-93 school year. Richard Edwards, the teacher who had managed the store since the school opened, retired in June.

Working on the store committee are co-chair Mary Amoriell, Lynnette Culver, Liz Fogleman, Emily Smith, TheAnn Gue, Bertie Amoss, Sandy Hudspeth and Mrs. Ballard.

The committee's decision to expand the store's hours and offerings has been rewarded by increased patronage by students and parents, said Mrs. Ballard.

She said committee members were amazed during the two-hour freshman orientation this summer when four volunteers made more than $2,000 in sales.

"Anything we sold, they bought," she said.

Cash and checks that are taken in go directly into a special school account that's used to pay invoices for the items, Mrs. Ballard said. "Whatever money is left we give to Mr. Booz to spend for the school."

The store's success so far this year has principal David Booz shopping for computers for the school, said Mrs. Ballard, who also is a member of the Carroll County Board of Education.

Group decision-making, enthusiastic workers, and help from school secretary Ruth Shaw, who does the tax work, has greatly helped the project.

"There's no overhead," said Mrs. Ballard, and "I've had so many volunteers that I don't have enough hours."

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Each Christmas season for more than 35 years, freshly cut Douglas fir, Scotch pine and blue spruce trees have been sold to the greater Mount Airy community by members of Boy Scout Troop 460.

This holiday tradition will continue Nov. 27 when Troop 460's annual Christmas tree sale begins on the lot next to Four County Exxon on Route 27, south of Mount Airy.

The sale will continue through Dec. 21, with weekend hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekday hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Use of the lot is donated each year by the Exxon station. Tree prices will range from $20 to $35.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser have helped Troop 460 purchase camping supplies and provide members with quality programs, said Linda Rhodes, a public relations committee member.

"The continuing support of the community is well appreciated," she said.

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Grapefruit, oranges and tangelos sold by teen-agers who attend Mount Airy's Calvary United Methodist Church will help rebuild and repair homes of economically disadvantaged families in Western Maryland.

The citrus fund-raiser, the first of this growing season, will help purchase building materials and send a work crew of young adults from the Mount Airy area to Camp Hope in Frostburg.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Conference of the United Methodist Church, Camp Hope is a summer work project that enriches both benefactor and beneficiary as roofs are mended and sagging porches are replaced.

Orders for white and red seedless grapefruit, Hamlin juice oranges and tangelos may be placed through Dec. 6 by calling the church office at (301) 829-0358.

Prices range from $8 for a half-box (two-fifths of a bushel) of grapefruit to $16.50 for a full box (four-fifths of a bushel) of oranges.

The fruit will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 at the church at 403 S. Main St. in Mount Airy.

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Mammoth pecan halves have been bagged by the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club just in time for holiday baking needs.

The nuts are $6 per pound and are available now.

Large and small orders will be appreciated and proceeds will help the local Kiwanis Club's coffers.

To place an order, call (301) 829-1277.

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