Students chant their feelings about perils of smoking


November 26, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TOO SMART TO start," was chanted for two minutes by students at North Carroll Middle School in an unusual anti-smoking outdoor assembly last week. It was organized by the student group SHOUT (Students Helping Others Understanding Themselves).

For more than a month, Matthew Perry, 11, secretary of the group, contacted newspapers and other news media and was liaison between the SHOUT group and teachers.

"We thought of this idea last year," said Matthew, a second-year member of the club, "as an addition to the smoke-out campaign for kids. Because most kids don't smoke cigarettes, we thought it's better to be happy they don't."

Students, including 11-year-old Timothy Sullivan, decided to scream with enthusiasm about being free of the dangers of smoking.

Before the outdoor chanting, the SHOUT group held a contest for decorating classroom doors about the effects of smoking. One winning entry, from the seventh grade, was a "tour of the body."

Getting all 1,085 students outdoors at the same time was impossible. So each grade, about 300 students at a time, went out to shout at the start of each scheduled recess.

Matthew dodged in and out of his classes to guide the two minutes of healthful cheering.


Lighting the town

"My favorite place is Hampstead," announced a wet Santa Claus, who arrived in the rain on a firetruck at Memorial Park at 7 p.m. Friday. Santa assisted Mayor Christopher Nevin in turning on the lights throughout the park. Santa will return every weekend before Christmas to visit with children.

Businesses along Main Street hinted at Santa's arrival. They put a few words to a familiar song on their marquees, starting with, "You'd better not pout, you'd better not cry."

At least a hundred people gathered in the cold rain, counting down with Mayor Nevin to the time for turning on the lights. An appreciative "ooh" swelled from the crowd as the colored lights transformed the park.

New to the display are a comical slipping penguin, feeding deer, several new trees and lights.

Tree lighting and more

Manchester will begin its holiday season Friday with a night of carols.

Join the singing at 7 p.m., when the nativity at Trinity United Church of Christ will be lighted. This nativity was recently restored by Marsha Peeling, art instructor at Manchester Elementary.

At 7: 15 p.m., the carolers will stroll across the street to the town tree lighting at the Manchester Municipal Building. It will be followed by a short program by the Manchester Maniacs 4-H group.

The singers will stroll through the town beginning at 7: 30 p.m. to spread cheer during the annual open house by Manchester businesses.

In addition to the business open houses, the Manchester Historical Center and the Town Council chamber will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. In the council chamber, local crafts people will show and sell quilting, jewelry, dolls and other articles.

Information: 410-374-9247.

New or nearly new

Chase the winter chill at the New and Nearly New Christmas Sale, sponsored by the Northeast Social Action Program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. John's United Methodist Church Lounge.

Admission is one nonperishable food item to help stock the NESAP pantry.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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