Freedom Elementary PTA wins its second Gold Seal Award


November 19, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FRIDAY WAS a significant day in the history of the Freedom Elementary School PTA.

The organization received the Gold Seal Award, the highest award bestowed by the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers Inc., for its work during the 1995-1996 school year. The Gold Seal recognizes excellence in serving the needs of the students and the community.

The award was presented at the state PTA convention at the Hunt Valley Marriott. Present to receive the award were Principal Larry W. Thompson, PTA President Tina Crockett and PTA Vice President Joan Swiston.

"This award really represents the hard work of a lot of very dedicated people," Crockett said.

To qualify for the award, the PTA had to meet the following criteria: attendance at state and local PTA meetings, introduction of new and innovative ideas in learning enrichment, community projects and strong local membership.

The Freedom PTA received the same honor a few years ago.

"We're aiming for the gold again this year," Crockett said.

Auction earns big bucks

They were lined up waiting to get in at the recent benefit auction at Eldersburg Elementary School. The auction raised nearly $10,000 for the second phase of Project Fun Feet, an effort to upgrade aging playground equipment.

About 300 people showed up, eager to bid on trips, goods and services, all donated by teachers, administrators and the community.

An overnight excursion to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., brought nearly $300. Framed prints by local artists Booth Woodward and Stephen Perrine were in demand, as were caricatures of Pepper, a black poodle who belongs to teacher Mary Katsafanas. Pepper's antics are well known to first-grade students.

Holiday craft show

You never know where a friendship may take you. Through thick and thin, friends stick together.

Eldersburg residents Nancy Dobelstein and JoAnne Fischer met when their sons were in the same class in elementary school. They began chatting and discovered a shared interest in crafting. Their interest bloomed into Little Red Wagon, which promotes country and antique shows.

"It turned out that Nancy and I had a lot in common. We went out to lunch, put our heads together and took it from there," Fischer said.

Little Red Wagon holds several craft shows each year in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties. Dobelstein and Fischer display their own creations and the goods of nearly 50 other crafts people.

"We really try to get in some things you don't find at every craft show. We look for quality items for our shows," said Fischer.

Traditionally, Little Red Wagon's Christmas show is held at the Lisbon Fire Hall. Each year, the women donate an item for a raffle and the proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department. A beautiful rocking chair is awaiting this year's lucky winner.

Hours for the Christmas show are: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The fire hall is at Routes 94 and 144, two exits west of the Howard County Fair Grounds on Interstate 70.

Information: 795-1550 or 549-7164.

FSK concert at Carrolltown

Holiday happenings are beginning to pop up everywhere.

Be sure to stop and lend an ear to the sounds of the Francis Scott Key High School Jazz Band as the group performs its holiday concert at 2: 30 p.m. Friday at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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