Giving thanks for rescuers in HampsteadThis letter is to...

LETTERS

November 26, 1995

Giving thanks for rescuers in Hampstead

This letter is to the people who were there on Oct. 18, when my 17-year-old son, driving home from school, was involved in an auto accident. The Jeep he was driving was hit by another car, causing my son's vehicle to spin out of control and overturn down an embankment.

This happened on Route 482 in Hampstead. My son had to be flown to Shock-Trauma. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured.

I hope those persons who stopped to help my son will read this because my family and I would like to thank them for their kindness.

Two young gentlemen from Masonry Contractors, Glen Monroe and Rob Freeborough (one of these gentleman also called me at my son's request to let me know about the accident); a young lady who I believe said she was a nurse, helped me so much by reassuring me my son would be OK; a lady who stayed by my son while the rescue team worked to free him from the car. I remember her comforting my son and making sure he did not move. Last, but not least, the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company and rescue team and the Westminster State Police. Thank God for people like you.

The people I have mentioned -- their kindness and concern will not be forgotten by my family. We just wanted to somehow let you know how we appreciated all you did. Thank you again, and God bless you.

James Hudgins

Deborah Hudgins

Hampstead

'Stars' a better football nickname

Let's call the National Football League team to be moved here the "Stars." Baltimore is the home of the Star-Spangled Banner ++ so that name would fit right in.

essie B. Davis

Sykesville

Carroll schools need enrichment

The Extended Enrichment Program in Carroll County schools is at risk.

Projected budget cuts and a general lack of understanding of the vital importance of the program are influencing the Board of Education to drop this progressive, successful and far-reaching stride in education. Carroll County schools have finally achieved the envy of many Maryland jurisdictions, and the board seems willing to jeopardize that vaunted position. . .

Enrichment students provide a valuable resource for the future of Carroll County, our state and our country. From business people to farmers, native-born to newcomers, we are dependent upon leaders to guide our future.

Where better do we find leaders than those who have been professionally encouraged, trained and educated to lead? Where better to start than in our schools? Where better to find our future than students who show potential at an early age?

Extended Enrichment students are special needs students, just as surely as those who attend class in wheelchairs or experience Attention Deficit Disorder. Enrichment students cannot survive or thrive in mainstream classrooms alone. Dropout rates of gifted students are higher than in the general school population. Do we want that statistic to rise in Carroll County?

Enrichment students help other students by tutoring. They serve as aides to teachers in the classroom, and they challenge all of us to prove our belief in education tailored to the needs of each and every one of our children. You can express your commitment by contacting members of the Carroll County Board of Education; tell them Carroll County needs the Extended Enrichment program.

Julie Wilson

Westminster

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