IF YOUR sixth- , seventh- or eighth-grader tells you he or she will dance for hours when school's out on Friday, believe it.
A six-hour dance-a-thon starts at 3 p.m. Friday. Students from North Carroll Middle School will dance at the school as long as they can -- or until 9 p.m. -- to raise money for the homeless and to help a teacher go to the Olympics.
"They just have to make sure their bodies keep moving," said Kate Rudy, an eighth-grade teacher for the Family and Consumer Sciences class that is sponsoring the event.
"Pledges basically sponsor someone for the whole thing or for three hours or more," she said. "Students will have five-minute breaks, and a dinner, which is your basic peanut butter and jelly meal. Some parents will come in to encourage kids to keep going."
The dance-a-thon was created to benefit two recipients.
Half the proceeds will be sent to a Westminster relief organization. The other half will benefit a teacher who hopes to compete as a bicyclist in the Olympics.
Dana Gyory, a sixth-grade science teacher at the school, has qualified for the Olympic team trials for women's bicycle events to be held just after Memorial Day.
"She's pretty close," said Mrs. Rudy of her fellow teacher's quest for the Olympics. "It's been really neat for the kids to see this. She does a lot for kids. And it's encouraging for the kids to see what they can do."
The dance-a-thon was organized by several students who used after-school time to work out the details.
"It's wonderful the community is behind it with donations so we don't have to use [our] funds," said Mrs. Rudy. "This is student- directed."
Spring arts and crafts
The annual Spring Arts and Craft Show by the Hampstead Fire Department Auxiliary will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hampstead Fire Hall at 1341 N. Main Street.
Admission is free, and homemade refreshments will be available.
Expect to find seasonal baskets, floral arrangements, and items for summer gardening, plus items useful in the home.
In recent years, the show has drawn as many as 50 vendors, who sell many different kinds of handmade crafts.
For information, call 374-5088.
Pat Brodowski's North Carroll Neighbors column appears every Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 3/27/96