A family album celebrates Christmas


December 22, 1997|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LIFELONG Annapolitan Albert C. Stanton recorded his own Christmas album this year with his granddaughters, 11-year-old Farren Stanton, 12-year-old Danielle Haskin and 7-year-old Breonna Stanton.

On the tapes, Stanton discusses the meaning of Christmas with his granddaughters. The tale is interspersed with the girls singing, "We Really Want to Be Like Jesus."

Stanton, a deacon at the Second Baptist Church in Annapolis, will give $1 from the sale of each tape to the Feed the Children Fund, an international hunger-eradication program.

"I was thinking about the true meaning of Christmas, and about how millions of children are going to bed hungry every night," he said. "I decided if I wanted to do anything meaningful to represent Jesus Christ, this would be the thing to do."

The recording is available for $4 at Christian Book Store in Parole.

Information: 410-266-6337

Christmas in W.Va.

Santa recruited elves from Annapolis this year.

They didn't attire themselves in green felt or jingle bells. They delivered their holiday bounty in three trucks instead of a sleigh. But members of the Sams, Smith and Mauk families made Christmas happen for hundreds of children and their families in Warriormine, W.Va., an economically devastated town in Appalachia.

The nine-person group, led by Elsie and Louis Sams and Don Smith, took a two-day trip to deliver two truckloads of toys, food and clothing, and another truck stacked with building supplies.

"I really feel privileged that God has allowed me to do it," Elsie Sams said. "The Lord just laid it on my heart to do it. He expects us to do it."

Math scores

South River High School student Jason Summers was a top scorer in the annual county high school math competition sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College.

Ninety-nine students from 12 county high schools competed in the event, in which students must figure six math problems in 30 minutes. Summers was one of three students -- and the only one from South River -- who got only one of the answers wrong. Nate Greenblatt of Broadneck High School and San Kim of Meade High School matched his score.

Two students made perfect scores -- John Parsons of Meade High School and Jessica Stevens of Severna Park High School.

First Night volunteers

First Night Annapolis is seeking volunteers who can work at least one three-hour shift Dec. 31.

First Night is an annual festival of performing arts staged throughout downtown Annapolis on New Year's Eve.

Volunteers are needed as house managers, stagehands, parking supervisors and for various other duties. All volunteers get free admission to the shows.

Information: 410-268-8553.

Pub Date: 12/22/97

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