Dunloggin Middle students raise $2,400 for Cedar Lane School

June 12, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Seventh-graders at Dunloggin Middle School donated $2,400 to the Cedar Lane School yesterday to help Cedar Lane buy equipment for the school's students who have severe disabilities.

"This is a day of celebrating people's abilities and a day of gift-giving," said Dunloggin Principal Jesse Scharff.

The money was raised as part of Dunloggin's seventh-grade student service learning project, which focuses on disability awareness.

Cedar Lane raises money each year in a penny drive. This year, Dunloggin students decided to help. "We set a goal of $800, and they not only met it but surpassed it three times," said Dunloggin reading teacher Sandi Witt.

For the past two years, Dunloggin seventh-graders have volunteered at the school and constructed items for the Cedar Lane students to use, including bibs, wind chimes and large blocks for a game they play.

"We've learned that what matters about people is what's on the inside," said seventh-grader Katie Hawkes, 13, one of the 26 Dunloggin students who have volunteered at Cedar Lane this year. "Their differences are less important than who they are as people."

In appreciation of the donation and the Dunloggin students' volunteer work, Cedar Lane Principal Nicholas Girardi gave the school a sculpture of two hands showing the sign-language symbol for "help."

One of the hands was created from a cast of a Dunloggin student; the other cast was taken from the hand of a Cedar Lane student.

"This is symbolic of the partnership that has existed the past two years between the schools," Girardi said.

Police log

Ellicott City: 8800 block of Town and Country Blvd.: Someone tried to break into a home by damaging the locks and the knob of the front door Sunday.

Pub Date: 6/12/96

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