School to use Valentine's Day to help those hurt by misfortune


February 13, 1997|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

VALENTINE'S DAY is not forgotten around here.

Tomorrow, during the first classes at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown, hundreds of red carnations will be delivered to students, teachers and staff to celebrate the holiday.

The flowers are a fund-raiser for some Northwest students who lost their homes in a fire before Christmas, and for a family whose father was injured in an accident in the fall.

SHOUT (Students Helping Others Understand Themselves) sponsored the carnation sale. The anti-drug club at the school is sponsored by Claudia Gerardo, a seventh-grade language arts teacher, and John Seibel, a sixth-grade social studies teacher.

The club provides year-round, after-school activities and drug education, Gerardo said.

"We don't preach to the kids. We try to let them know there are other worthwhile things to do with their time [than drugs]," she said.

SHOUT members took orders for carnations last week and sold hundreds of them.

"We sold more flowers than there are students and staff at the school," Gerardo said.

The Flower Shop in Taneytown sold the flowers to the school for 65 cents each; students paid a dollar for them. Gerardo said the profit is $175, enough for gift certificates to Pizza Hut and Jubilee Foods for the recipients, plus a donation to the Taneytown Fire Fund.

Gerardo remembers when her alma mater, Eastern Vocational Technical School in Baltimore County, sold flowers for Valentine's Day.

"I do remember this experience from high school, and just hope it works out at the middle school -- let's hope the students won't use them for sword fights," she said.

Year-round valentine

Maxine Dixon of Taneytown, a longtime member of Silver Fancy Garden Club, offers a year-round valentine for some residents at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center.

Since 1983, Dixon has organized and led the club's garden therapy project, an effort that takes a gardening or craft project to the village once a month.

On Tuesday, she helped residents make valentines to hang on their doors.

Dixon got involved in the garden club and at Carroll Lutheran Village in the early 1980s when her father was a resident there.

She became friends with residents and decided to share the joy of flowers to people through garden therapy.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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