Seventh-graders at Oakland Mills Middle School donated teddy bears to Howard County General Hospital yesterday and dedicated a flag to promote the new identity of their school.
The 23 teddy bears were made by the students to help fulfill their service learning requirement and will be given to children who are in the hospital.
"I'm glad we'll able to help the kids and make them feel better when they're sick," said Ashley Hardester, 12, one of the two students who led the project.
Before presenting the bears to hospital President Victor A. Broccolino, the students unveiled their flag -- a red falcon with yellow and orange around its wings that includes the school's name, the words "Falcons Achieve" and the opening date of the school, 1972.
Oakland Mills Middle -- which for years had shared the same colors and mascot as nearby Oakland Mills High School -- recently adopted new school colors and the falcon as the new school mascot.
"We wanted to raise some school spirit and help establish the identity of the school," said Kara Curry, 12. She and Nicole Alpert were the two seventh-graders who pushed for the school to make a new flag, and they helped modify the design created by seventh-graders Adam Solomon and Eric Archer.
The students raised $178.50 during the year to pay for the flag to be made, and it will be flown on special occasions.