S. Carroll High School offers clothing for sale

NEIGHBORS

October 14, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

No need to go to the mall to do all your holiday shopping when South Carroll High's school store has a unique offering of colorful, comfortable clothing perfect for South Carroll alumni, parents, students or soon-to-be attendees.

Under the management of South Carroll parent Ann Ballard, this nook across from the cafeteria has evolved into much more than just a place to buy pencils or gym suits. "It's just not a book store anymore, it looks like a college store," said Mrs. Ballard.

From popular micro-mesh shorts with matching sweat shirts, to a stylish new black felt jacket with quilted lining, the store is making a positive impact on student fashion trends as well as school programs and local businesses.

L "We can special order anything you want," said Mrs. Ballard.

Profits gained from each school store purchase add up. Mrs. Ballard said South Carroll was able to use a portion of store proceeds from the last school year toward the school's new writing computer lab.

Every effort is also made to buy store stock locally. "Anything that we can, we buy from Carroll County," she added.

Mrs. Ballard, a Mount Airy resident who serves on the Carroll County Board of Education, credits the school store's success to the volunteers who have been running it for the past two years -- Mary Amoriell, TheAnn Gue, Emily Smith, Lynnette Culver and Sandy Hudspeth. New recruits Diane Martin and Joyce VanSant have joined the volunteer staff this year.

The store was open during many home basketball games last season thanks to the help of student volunteers who earned community service hours for their efforts.

Holiday shoppers are invited to visit South Carroll's school store during lunch times -- 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Mrs. Ballard said many items are on display.

She also advised anyone interested in special order items -- such as the personalized, black felt jackets that sell for $79.95 -- to place their order early to avoid disappointment.

Information: (410) 795-8500.

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Classmates who graduated from high school together a half-century ago found out that reunions can renew old friendships.

Floyd Lewis is one of 34 graduates from Mount Airy High School's Class of 1944. Fourteen days after his high school graduation, he left his home town and went to sea. Careers in the merchant marine and the civil service took Mr. Lewis to many places but never back to Mount Airy to attend any of the high school's annual class reunions, according to classmate Travis Norwood.

Although Mr. Lewis had earned a doctorate in theology and serves as the associate pastor of Live Oak First Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, he remained a "name without an address" on the Mount Airy High School alumni list, said Mr. Norwood.

Some detective work in preparation for the Class of 1944's 50th celebration located Mr. Lewis' brother, who gave the missing classmate's address to the committee.

On Sept. 17, Mr. Lewis and 250 other graduates from Mount Airy High gathered at American Legion Post 191 to celebrate the school's annual reunion. Mr. Lewis was one of 22 Class of 1944 graduates who attended the reunion. (Four of the original 34 are deceased.)

From baby boomers who were members of Mount Airy High's final graduating class in 1967 to Naomi Spurrier, 99 1/2 , who is a member the Class of 1916, a variety of ages enjoyed the evening of reminiscing and fellowship.

Alumni came from as far California, Washington state and Florida to join in the fun. Jack Smith, another Class of '44 graduate, served as master of ceremonies.

Mount Airy High's reunions are so important to the graduates that planning begins for next year's event during a brief business meeting held at each reunion. The class that celebrates its 50-year anniversary is charged with planning the program for their year.

A core reunion committee of Pat Norwood and Travis Norwood attends to important details throughout the year and keeps the master alumni address list up to date. Alumni who will celebrate their 50th and 49th reunions at the annual affair also serve on the committee.

Every effort is made to keep the cost factor down and the enjoyment factor up, so everyone will look forward to the event.

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Carroll County's four Board of Education candidates -- Carolyn Scott, Laura Albers, Gary Bauer and Carole Pecoraro -- will meet at Mount Airy Elementary School on Monday evening to participate in a public forum.

The event, sponsored by Mount Airy Elementary's Parent Teacher Association, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

A prepared-question, limited-response time format will be used for the one-hour forum, followed by a reception where the public will have the opportunity to meet the candidates.

The public is encouraged to attend. The forum will be held in the cafetorium, in the back of the school at 405 N. Main St.

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