Eldersburg youngsters make quilts for AIDS patients under age 6

NEIGHBORS

March 28, 1995|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Too often these days, young people are thought of as self-centered and not very interested in what's going on in the world around them. That's not the case, however, with a group of Eldersburg youngsters.

Eleven youngsters, ranging in age from 11 to 16, recently completed eight handmade quilts for clients of ABC Quilts.

Sometimes known as "kids making quilts for kids," ABC Quilts was founded in 1988 to provide love and comfort to children under age 6 who have the human immunodeficiency virus or AIDS. Many who receive the handcrafted quilts are babies suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other illnesses.

Under the guidance of Linda Dudley and Katherine Simpson, the 11 young members of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church met daily after school for five weeks to complete these gifts of love and to discuss AIDS.

The children began their projects by designing their creations and purchasing the necessary materials themselves. Next came the hard work of sewing together the quilt tops. They learned new skills as they carefully quilted their creations.

Those who gave their time and talents were Lora Cartaxo, Bill Cheezum, Beth Chaney, Tiffany Dove, Becky Graybill, Diana Hutzler, Dawn Harney, Tommy Harney, Michelle Sotak, Robyn Sotak and Andrew Taylor. Janet Harney also lent a hand to the project.

To protect the recipients' identities, a representative from ABC Quilts will present the quilts to the younger children.

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Other area youngsters heard a call for help from a different

source. Last week, six fourth-graders at Carrolltowne Elementary School sprang into action to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

While studying the bay and the surrounding areas as part of a recent social studies unit, the children learned that Smith Island is being depleted by erosion. That concerned the youths, so they began a mini-campaign to "Save Smith Island." The school's principal approved a weeklong fund-raising drive throughout the fourth grade.

Leslie Dragan, Jennifer Evans, Andy Gearhardt, Bridget Murray,

Anna Novak and Dana Taylor created colorful posters and advertisements that asked students to make donations to help save Smith Island, and the proud fourth-graders sent a $60 check to the CBF.

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Not so long ago, baccalaureate services were part of high school graduations. Although such services are no longer held in area schools, a group of Liberty High School students and parents are busy making plans to hold a baccalaureate service for 1995 graduates.

Under the auspices of the South Carroll Clergy Association, the group is planning a baccalaureate service for 7 p.m. June 4 at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church. Interested students are selecting music, Scripture, prayers and other readings to make this a spiritually meaningful service for graduates of every denomination.

Liberty High School graduating students and their families are -- invited to attend and participate in planning the event. For more information, call Linda Tilghman at 549-1896.

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A trip down memory lane was the focus of the Open House Reunion held at Eldersburg Elementary Saturday. As part of the yearlong celebration of its silver anniversary, the school sponsored a reunion for alumni and former faculty and staff members. Nearly 400 people attended.

The school was decorated with memorabilia. Pictures from old yearbooks and the school's scrapbook provided a glimpse into the past. A time line decorated the main hallway and gave a yearly summary of school highlights.

Eldersburg Elementary opened in 1970 with a student population of 550. The number of students fluctuated from year to year because of the construction of nearby Carrolltowne and Piney Ridge elementaries and the increasing area population.

One notation on the time line pointed out the 1981 balloon ascension winner and school record holder. Jennifer Cantales' balloon traveled to Samerang, Indonesia, and was found and returned to Eldersburg by an Indonesian boy.

Other highlights included the school's first band concert, celebrations of Grandparents' Day and a visit from Channel 22.

Some of the school's students served as guides for those who had forgotten their way around the school. Many teachers were on hand to greet former students.

Visitors were encouraged to write words of wisdom on specially designated "graffiti walls," and the sound system hummed with tunes from the early 1970s. The cafeteria offered a large sheet cake and cookies decorated with the school's mascot, a dinosaur.

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Organizers of the Freedom Optimist Soccer program will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Freedom Community Center on Route 32. The program needs volunteers for the fall season. Coaches, parents and volunteers are encouraged to attend. Information: Mike Smith at 795-6120.

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