Sykesville Middle School saved change for 'Dimes for Disaster'

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June 04, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AH, THE LAST DAYS of school. The children have made it through another year of what is the best time of their lives -- even if they haven't yet realized it. They're anxiously awaiting that last ride home on the "the big yellow cheese" and looking forward to a summer of freedom.

Before the close of school, I thought I'd talk about the neat things youths in southeastern Carroll have been doing lately.

Sixth-graders in Ann Kienzle's homeroom at Sykesville Middle School have a right to hold their heads high. The students collected the most money for a Red Cross program called "Dimes for Disaster."

In April, students throughout the school were encouraged to collect spare change that would be used to aid Carroll residents. Two-liter soda bottles served as banks in each homeroom, and the money was turned in and counted every Friday.

In the first few days of the drive, Kienzle's students had nearly filled the container.

"The kids started to bring in their allowance, baby-sitting money and even their lunch money. It was incredible," Kienzle said.

"The kids got so excited about the project and filled up the bottle so fast that we had to turn it in almost daily. They really got into the spirit of the program. I was very proud of them."

The students brought in $279.17, which earned them a class pizza party. Students in the homerooms of Ann Norvell and Bobbi Baker also were awarded pizza parties for their efforts in the school's drive, which netted more than $2,000.

Christian Coffee House

The Outreach Committee at Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Christian Coffee House from 8 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall. The evening will feature singers and musicians.

Proceeds will help pay expenses for two summer work camps in which volunteers will complete home repairs for needy families, and for Christian outreach projects such as vacation Bible school.

Admission is $4, and includes a beverage and dessert. Child care is available for children up to age 10 at a cost of $3 for the first child and $2 for each additional child in a family.

Information: 795-2777.

Karate awards

Some of our community's younger members have been working hard in the karate program sponsored by Sykesville Parks and Recreation. In recent quarterly presentations, several students were promoted.

Danny and Steve Gomez, Seth Colson, Brian Frantz and Joshua Pickett were awarded an orange stripe in the 5-7 age group. Stacey Serano and Chris Felker were promoted to orange belt in the 8-11 division.

Information: 552-0643.

Vacation Bible school

When looking for activities to keep youths busy over the summer, don't overlook Bible school programs. Many area churches offer programs with plenty of crafts, games, songs and excitement.

St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church will present "The Jesus Expedition," a five-day adventure that will include mock excursions through the desert, mountains and oceans. The program runs 9: 30 a.m. to noon June 24-28, with a closing program at 7 p.m. June 28.

The program is open to those entering kindergarten through sixth grade; registration is required.

Information: 549-2028.

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church will sponsor an evening vacation Bible school from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. June 23-27. Classes are offered for ages 3 through adult, with activities planned for teens.

Information: 795-6333.

Girls hoops registration

Time is running out to register for the Lady Lions Basketball Camp. The camp runs 8: 30 a.m. to noon July 15-19 at Liberty High School.

The camp will focus on fun as girls entering grades four through nine learn about basketball. The cost is $50 for the first camper and $25 for each additional girl in a family.

Registration forms are available at the Eldersburg branch library. None will be accepted after June 15.

Information: 549-1564.

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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