Helping A Little Helps A Lot

November 23, 1994|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer

One by one, the students at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School watched as their coins cascaded from white envelopes into four plastic jugs on a table on the first floor.

"It shows them if everybody gives a little bit, you get a lot," said Suzanne Whitmore, director of development at the school.

Each of the youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade brought in at least 40 cents for Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen in downtown Baltimore. The donations were the students' way of honoring Baltimore Archbishop William H. Keeler, who was one of 30 prelates worldwide selected to be a cardinal by Pope John Paul II last month.

The archbishop, only the third cardinal chosen from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, left yesterday for Rome. He will become a cardinal Saturday. Although he was unaware of the activity, the school will let Archbishop Keeler know that the students raised $440 and donated it in his name, said Janice McIntosh, principal of the 864-student school on Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie.

"When he comes back from Rome the card will be there for him," said Ms. McIntosh. "I'm sure he will be deeply touched by the generosity of the children and the staff here."

To celebrate the school's 40th anniversary and the ceremony in Rome, the students were allowed to leave their plaid uniforms at home for the day and wear party hats, blue jeans, T-shirts, sneakers and sweats.

Just before coming down from their second-floor classroom to drop off their donation, Susan Tschechtelin's language arts class of second- and third-graders spread out on the floor in front of her and listened as she discussed what they were about to do and why.

Mrs. Tschechtelin reminded her class about the spirit of holiday giving and asked them what they thought Our Daily Bread could do with the money if every student gave 40 cents.

One student said they could buy turkeys. One girl said they could buy 34 million gallons of stuffing. Other children embellished the holiday feast with suggestions of mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and peas.

The children and their teacher sang a song about sharing and giving before lining up to head downstairs and join the more than 30 other classes filing past the jugs.

"We always really make an effort to make sure our students are aware of people in our community who are less fortunate," said Ms. McIntosh.

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