Dunking principals of Oklahoma Road school nets PTA $14,500

Neighbors

October 07, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WEARING WETSUITS and carrying an assortment of plastic beach toys, Oklahoma Road Middle School Principal Larry Barnes and Assistant Principal Cathy Hood sat on a drop seat awaiting the inevitable.

The two administrators agreed to be dunked last Wednesday in exchange for students raising a particular amount during the school's recent PTA "Twistin' the Day Away" fund-raiser.

Any student who collected pledges of $25 or more had a chance to hit the target and send one of the administrators into the tank.

Barnes and Hood both spent a fair amount of time in the water as students in all three grades were able to squarely hit the target. Students in the sixth grade seemed to have the best aim as the duo was dunked more often by the younger students.

"Getting wet wasn't so bad; it was worse when you were sitting up there and the wind blew," Barnes said.

The hard work of the students and the good sportsmanship of the administrators combined to raise more than $14,500 for the PTA The money will be used to support cultural programs and to purchase an assignment book for each student.

Book Fair

Students at Oklahoma Road Middle will have the opportunity to purchase quality books, posters and other items this week during the Scholastic Book Fair in the school's Media Center.

From 5: 30 p.m to 8 p.m. tomorrow is guest night at the book fair, when families and siblings may visit and shop at the event.

To help publicize the fair, students were encouraged to create advertising posters. For their efforts, students won certificates to select merchandise at the book fair.

Sixth-grade winners were: Jennifer Fuller, Kelly McCauley, Lauren Kane, Laura Wood and Claire Selby. Winning seventh-graders were: Brandi Richmond, Anthony Cimino, Brandee Burke, Melisa Hudson and Chantelle Ford.

Brooke Belcher, Tom Trimble, Stacia Barth, Jon Merrill and Don McFee were the eighth-grade winners.

CROP Walk

E.S.C.A.P.E. Ministries Inc. will hold its eighth annual CROP Walk, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sykesville.

The event benefits the work of ESCAPE -- a coalition of South Carroll church providing practical aid to Carroll County residents in need.

Twenty-five percent of the funds raised through the CROP Walk will remain with ESCAPE and 75 percent will be given to Church World Services to help alleviate hunger around the world.

Middle school and high school students may earn up to five hours of student service credit for participating in the walk, collecting and turning in their pledges. Walkers of all ages are welcome to participate in the 10-kilometer walk along River Road.

For more information, or to obtain sponsor envelopes, contact Sherry Hagen at 410-549-2906 or Pastor John Morrill at 410-795-9174.

Fun Run

Students in all grades at Carrolltowne Elementary School will spend their 30 minutes of physical education class today running, jogging or walking to raise funds for the school's PTA.

The "Fun Run" has become an annual event at the school and is the only PTA fund-raiser.

All participating students will receive a bookmark and have the opportunity to earn other prizes, including a bike and helmet, for increasing pledge levels.

The PTA is hoping to raise $25,000 to support cultural and literacy programs at the school.

Information: 410-751-3530.

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

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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