County Councilman Bert L. Rice donned an Abraham Lincoln costume yesterday to open a monthlong effort by West County schools and businesses to collect pennies to help Sarah's House, a shelter at Fort Meade.
Dressed as the nation's 14th president on Lincoln's birthday, Rice visited O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton and four elementary schools to encourage people to donate the coins that bear Lincoln's likeness.
Sarah's House, run by Associated Catholic Charities, can house 35 to 40 people in its emergency shelter and also provides apartments as transitional housing for families in crisis.
The senior center is one of more than 50 sites where people can drop their coins into collection jars for the Cents for Community Campaign, sponsored by West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce through March 11.
The jars also will be at 18 schools, more than a dozen businesses, the chamber office, Western District Police Station, Odenton Volunteer Fire Department and several churches and community organizations.
The pennies will be displayed at 7 p.m. March 12 in Meade High School gymnasium. Community groups that collect pennies should bring them to the gym between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The chamber is also holding an essay and poster contest for elementary, middle and high school students with the theme "What does having a home mean to you" -- which stems from the mission of Sarah's House to give people in need a temporary home.
Organizers will announce the winners and recipients of $50 savings bonds donated by Elkridge Bank at the program March 12.
Essays must be typed or printed and must be no longer than 100 words. The student's name, age, school and grade should be written on the back of the essay, which should be submitted to the chamber at 8373 Piney Orchard Parkway, Suite 100, Odenton 21113 by 5 p.m. March 3.
Posters should be on boards no larger than 24 inches by 18 inches.
Contestants should bring posters to the Meade gym between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 12. Entries will be judged from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Information on the penny campaign or the contest: Marcia Hall, 672-3422.
Pub Date: 2/13/97