Even before it opens, school is gaining community support


November 12, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHEERS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY be heard all around southeast Carroll when the new middle school opens its doors in January.

The Oklahoma Road Middle School is expected to open for the third term of the 1996-1997 school year and will relieve crowding at Sykesville Middle School.

The building is nearly complete, and much of the inside work is nearing the final stages. But anyone who works in a school knows that it's not the physical structure that makes a school great; it's the people who work at the school and the community that supports the school that determine the quality of the education inside.

Schools in the Sykesville-Eldersburg area have been fortunate to have a long-standing tradition of excellent support from the community and PTA groups. The PTA sponsors most of the cultural and entertainment programs brought to students each year.

Friday evening, the PTA at Carrolltowne Elementary School sponsored a Fall Harvest Dance to raise "seed money" for the PTA that will serve Oklahoma Road Middle School.

Disc jockey Victor Byrd provided the music. The sellout crowd of 250 enjoyed the Macarena, electric slide, bunny hop and the limbo. A spirited game of musical chairs had everyone laughing.

"It was a very inexpensive evening for the family," said Jennifer McCormick, a member of the PTA Community Service Committee at Carrolltowne. "Everyone had an absolute ball."

Donations helped defray costs so that a profit of several hundred dollars will be donated to the Oklahoma Road PTA.

Holiday bazaars and fairs

A glance at the kitchen calendar the other day nearly sent me into a tailspin.

I can hardly believe that Christmas is just a few short weeks away. I actually feel faint when I tally up the number of shopping days left.

These next few weekends are traditionally busy times for holiday and craft fairs in southeast Carroll. If your holiday gift list is filled with question marks, this weekend is definitely the time to get started.

The Country Fair at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Sykesville is in its 18th year. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Parish House at 7609 Main St.

A farmers' market will offer tempting homemade apple butter, mincemeat, nuts, jams, preserves, sausage and cider. An assortment of home-baked goodies can be purchased, along with Christmas crafts, collectibles and holiday decorations.

Admission is free.

Information: 795-0767.

Another craft fair

The folks at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church also have chosen Saturday for their Holiday Craft Fair.

The doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a variety of crafts, wreaths, trim-a-tree items, stained glass, old-fashioned bird feeders, baked goods, refreshments and more.

The craft fair will take place in the church's recently constructed multipurpose building. Admission is free. The church is at 2205 Old Liberty Road.

Information: 795-6333.

Cheers to volunteers

It's never an easy job. The guy or girl wearing the whistle is rarely anybody's friend.

Now that the season has ended for those involved in the Freedom Optimist Soccer program, I think it's time to acknowledge the young volunteers who make up most of the refereeing staff.

The young people did an excellent job as referees. Every young man who refereed my team's games was wonderful. They knew the rules, they kept the games moving on schedule, and they set a good example for the young players.

Tina Desrosiers and John Napp worked together to coordinate the referees and community service. Over 130 young people participated and earned either credit toward the community service requirement or a small payment.

"These kids provided a tremendous service to the program," Napp said.

Pub Date: 11/12/96

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