Stevens Forest students awarded BUGs for 'Being Unusually Good'

NEIGHBORS

November 22, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

Has your child brought a BUG home from Stevens Forest Elementary School?

"Being Unusually Good" certificates are given by teachers to students for exceptional behavior, a random act of kindness or being a good friend.

The BUG is given at any time, and recipients will be recognized during the school's monthly assembly.

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It is always a pleasure to report a good deed. Children who attended the 25 sessions of Alberta Gray United Methodist Church Bible School donated pennies each week to purchase a water buffalo for an overseas family.

A grid drawing of a water buffalo was divided into 250 squares, with each square representing a dollar of the cost of the animal. As the squares were colored brown, the children saw an image of a water buffalo emerge and knew that their goal was near.

With additional donations from the adult congregation, chickens, rabbits and a beehive were added to the livelihood of a family sponsored by the International Heifer Project, or IHP.

For the past 40 years, IHP has been helping farming families sustain themselves. Congratulations to a group of caring children.

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The freshman class of Oakland Mills High School is also involved with IHP. The class is taking orders for Christmas trees that are grown at Dan Haldeman's Conifer Ridge Farm, and the farm donates $2 from the sale of each tree to the heifer project.

IHP ships animals to many Third World countries from a "holding" farm in Arkansas, which also is one of the Elder Hostel locations for seniors who like to work with animals.

The freshman class will receive 25 percent of gross sales from a selection of pine, fir and spruce trees ranging from 6 to 11 feet high. Prices run from $18 to $48. Trees are cut the day before shipment and will be delivered Dec. 7.

If you would like to drive to the farm in Bedford County, Pa., and select your tree, the price can be applied to the school's total.

Orders must be received before Thanksgiving. Sales information: 313-6945.

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Hammond High School's Hit and Run Baseball Booster Club is also selling Christmas trees at the school. Proceeds will be used to buy new team uniforms and equipment and to build field dugouts.

The club offers blue spruce, white pine and Douglas fir trees and wreaths for holiday decorating.

The rumor is that Santa may be there checking things out.

Sales hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m Dec. 9; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Information: 381-7652.

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Kings Contrivance Village Board extends a big "thank-you" to Cub Scout Pack 37, Girl Scout Troop 1388, Cub Scout Pack 617 and Columbia Council representative Chuck Rees for their help on "cleanup" day last month.

Their hard work has made tot lots, walking paths and common areas more pleasant places to visit.

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The names of Ronda Zanker and Lorie Kimber were drawn from the 62 submitted for Volunteers of the Month at Stevens Forest Elementary School last month. They received $5 gift certificates from the Oakland Mills Merchants Association.

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An Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in The Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village. The Rev. Cynthia Snavely, Unitarian Universalist Congregation minister, will be the guest speaker.

Offerings of nonperishable food for St. John the Evangelist Baptist Church and money for the Coalition for Compassion and Maryland Food Committee will be accepted.

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Hands In Harmony, a sign language group, will perform a holiday concert for all ages at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the East Columbia Library. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 in person or by phone, 313-7750.

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