Continuous student activity raises money for their school


September 23, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH A TWISTER as the school's mascot, it seems fitting that students at Oklahoma Road Middle School would put a new spin on fund raising.

Oklahoma's 757 students spent Friday "Twistin' The Day Away" as the school's first PTA fund-raiser.

Students gathered pledges for 100 minutes of continuous activity in hopes of raising $18,000 for the school. Students chose to participate in three activities.

The school's gymnasium was bouncing with students playing basketball. The music and band rooms were places for reading and quiet games.

Steve Kafes of Good Time DJs kept students twisting and turning with a lively outdoor sock hop.

The PTA offered incentives to encourage each grade to meet a $6,000 goal. The student with the highest pledge in each grade will receive a duffel bag with the school logo and a portable CD player.

Students are really excited about the chance to dunk school administrators Larry Barnes and Cathy Hood. Barnes and Hood have agreed to get in the tank for students in each grade that meets a $6,000 goal. Students in those grades with pledges of $25 or more will have a chance to dunk the pair.

As of Friday afternoon, each grade was just a few hundred dollars shy of the goal.

175 years remembered

Members of the Wesley- Freedom United Methodist Church celebrated the 175th anniversary of the Wesley Chapel on Sunday afternoon.

The chapel is the oldest Methodist church structure in Carroll and stands today as it was erected in 1822. The stone building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Through the efforts of the Wesley Chapel Preservation Committee, the chapel is kept in good repair. Recent work has been done on the pews, bookcases, carpeting and lighting. There's been painting and new roof shingles, too.

The Wesley Chapel cemetery is the final resting place of many of our area's prominent early residents, including the Rev. Samuel Gore, a local preacher; Joseph Steele, one of Carroll's first County Commissioners; and Margaret Elder, wife of John Elder, founder of Eldersburg.

Playground dedication

Students and families of Eldersburg Elementary School heralded the beginning of a new school year with a family picnic Sunday.

The school's new playgrounds were dedicated during the picnic.

The Eldersburg PTA worked diligently for nearly two years to raise more than $30,000 to complete the project. Many area businesses donated generously.

The project renovated the playground at the school and includes equipment accessible to the disabled.

Outdoor Expo

Those who enjoy the great outdoors will want to check out the annual Outdoor Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Park.

The expo will feature demonstrations by the Army K-9 Corps, trained hunting dogs, fly tying and casting, and muzzle loaders.

Activities for children and adults, including casting contests, a BB gun range and archery will be featured throughout the day. A Civil War encampment will include the firing of a cannon.

Freedom Park is located on Raincliffe Road, off Route 32.

Little Red Wagon

The Little Red Wagon, country craft and antique shows by Sykesville residents Nancy Dobelstein and JoAnne Fischer, will sponsor its annual fall show at the Lisbon Fire Hall this weekend.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Information: JoAnne at 410-795-1550 or Nancy at 410-549-7164.

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

Pub Date: 9/23/97

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