Redbud tree honors memory of Dunloggin Middle teacher


April 29, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A NEWLY PLANTED redbud tree stands in front of Dunloggin Middle School, chosen "in the hope that the tree's beauty will reflect the contributions Mrs. [Sue Ann] Cook made to the lives of everyone she touched."

Mrs. Cook, Dunloggin's eighth-grade English teacher, died last month after heart surgery, shocking the school community. The student-led memorial program Tuesday was a testimony to her spirit and gift as a teacher. The students collected $1,000 in donations in Mrs. Cook's memory. After the cost of the tree and plaque, there will be $800 left to donate to the American Heart Association.

Students leading the dedication of the tree were Rebecca Hernandez and Kellan Hoover. Four students shared their thoughts and memories: Michael Soh, Gwen Martin, Julie McCartney and Jermaine Tiongson, who wrote a poem read by Nina Smith.

Mrs. Cook's husband, Russell Cook, spoke briefly, and the ceremony closed with Lizzie Richman and Deforest McDuff reading Shakespeare's Sonnet 71.

Music was provided by the school's Woodwind Instrumental Choir.

The plaque by the tree quotes Shakespeare again:

I count myself in nothing else so happy

As in a soul remembering my good friends.

May Arts Festival

The annual May Arts Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in the Historic District, complete with arts and crafts for sale, food to eat and activities for the kids.

EC 225, a volunteer group dedicated to celebrating Ellicott City's 225th birthday, is holding a plant sale during the festival. The group is selling commemorative plant materials from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tons of sales

Community sales will help clean out your closets or cheaply fill the spaces in your home. (I outfitted my college-age son's entire kitchen in one morning in Ellicott City.)

The Epiphany Lutheran Church and the Columbia Hills Community Association are again sponsoring a communitywide yard sale, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The rain date is May 18. The sale will be held at the church with some individual sales at homes in Columbia Hills. Refreshments will be available, with proceeds going to the church. Directions: Take Route 108 to Bendix Road, east of U.S. 29; turn left onto Edgar Road and follow the signs.

The Youth Ministry at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City will hold a Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 in the church parking lot. Rent a space for $11 to sell your wares. Snacks will be for sale. Call (410) 465-2920 to inquire about renting a space. The rain date will be May 18.

From 8 a.m. to noon May 18, the Harwood Park United Methodist Women's Society will hold its annual Spring Fling Rummage Sale. Church families will be selling their goodies for the benefit of the church. The church is at Highland and Euclid avenues in Elkridge.

Rockburn PTA meeting

Rockburn Elementary School holds a general PTA meeting at 7 p.m. today at the school. The agenda includes final plans for the year and election of officers.

Parents nominated include Ann Thompson for president, Diane Closson for vice president, Kevin Huffman for treasurer, Shelly Jones for secretary and Genise Linaburg for delegate. Nominations also will be accepted from the floor.

A Pottery Art Gala follows the business meeting, featuring works of art completed by students. For the past month, Jamaican potter Samuel Wallace has worked with the students as part of a PTA-sponsored arts program. The children enjoyed the experience, using their new skills to work clay dug from their own back yards.

Apples for the Students

Rockburn students brought in $459,303 in Giant receipts for the Apples for the Students program. A list of free equipment to order is being finalized.

The school sent a donation of $10,000 worth of receipts to Hannah Moore School in Reisterstown. Director James Smith said he appreciates Rockburn's generosity in assisting his students, many of whom live in Howard County.

Many parents helped in collecting, cutting and totaling the receipts. Jaime Thomas, who headed the effort, thanks Deb Miller, Susan Weber and Kathy Jackson for their help.

A raffle at the end of the program allowed those who brought in receipts to take a chance at winning a gift certificate for the school store. Winners were Katie Hinkel, Brian Davilla, Donald Gibson, Matthew Miles, Brandon McFarland, Patrick Miles and Brandon Yourkovik.

Pub Date: 4/29/96

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