Forest Ridge enjoying its fund-raising success

NEIGHBORS

December 26, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BUSY WINDING UP 1997? Remember your favorite charities.

Contributions are deductible right up to the last minute of the fast-fading old year.

Forest Ridge Elementary School is celebrating a holiday success. The school's PTA managed to sell enough wrapping paper and Gold C books to exceed their financial goal.

Now the PTA is left with the enjoyable task of spending on extras. What a wonderful holiday present to students and teachers.

Thanks goes to parent volunteers Linda Weiman, Teri Sprague, Susan Fleming, Sheila Abram, Barbara Warrick, Karen Halloran, Diane Salvatore, Edina Varsa, Donna Triscoli, Ann Akins, Judy Rocco, Margaret Machado, Gina Olenick, Leslie Dorman and Sharlene Rhodes.

These fine people spent hours packaging orders for the gift-wrap fund-raiser.

Next month, the PTA has invited printmaker Sam Peters to teach the children how to make monotype prints.

Peters will visit the school for about 10 days teaching everyone -- even the kindergartners -- the techniques of his craft.

It's a fascinating business and one that students ordinarily wouldn't see.

The PTA has ample funds to cover Peters' expenses, but volunteer help is needed to make sure everything runs smoothly during his visit. Call the school or Laima Rivers at 301-604-8559.

The Forest Ridge PTA is sponsoring a contest for students. To enter, students must express a theme in art, music or writing.

The finalists for the program have just been selected.

They are kindergartner Tommy Sheets, second-graders Alexander Kuper and Cara Pettit, fourth-graders Danny Holley and Meredith Halloran, and fifth- graders Stephanie Burgess, Ally Spector and Segan Strong.

Congratulations to all.

Ch.A.D.D. to meet

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders will meet at its new site, the Laurel Regional Hospital, at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 20.

The topic will be psychological testing.

The hospital is at 7300 Van Duesen Road, Laurel.

For information, call 301-498-2162.

Awards for students

Laurel Woods Elementary School is proud to announce that two students who competed in the county's Computer Art and Writing contest won awards. Second-grader Alexandra Videll took first place in the kindergarten-through-second- grade writing contest, and fifth-grader Stephen Whitlock took second prize in the third-through-fifth-grade writing event.

Congratulations to all those who participated.

Kudos for the more than 250 Laurel Woods students who had perfect attendance for the quarter.

That means not a sniffle, candy hangover from Halloween or fear of tests stopped these scholars from their appointed rounds.

This semester, the school's physical education department sponsored Jump Rope for Heart, a jump-rope event to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Like many of these contests, participants gathered pledges from friends and family.

The skipping kids raised more than $4,000.

That's a lot of jumping, cardiovascular activity and plain sweat.

Among top earners and jumpers were Delonte Duff, Willie Wolfendale, Jessica Coon, Jessica Bartlett, Bethany Chester, Zachary Marselle and Alexandra Videll.

Thank you all.

Busy Hammond students

The independent research projects of talented Hammond High students are a wonderful blend of youthful interests, community service and serious career research.

Shannon Hunt is working at Toby's Dinner Theater, constructing props for the production of "Oliver."

Maili Godwin is working for the second year at Straight Shots, a digital imaging and commercial photography studio.

Lauren Mullen is studying voice as she prepares for auditions and possible scholarships.

Robert Dobry is helping with a financial analysis for Councilman Dennis R. Schrader to evaluate economic conditions and problems in our county.

Afshan Nadeem is studying legal issues under attorney Janine Rice by producing a directory of mental health providers in the county for people undergoing divorce or struggling with custody issues.

These and other students in the program write reports for their teachers at intervals during the year.

The reports should be very interesting to read.

Lights shine bright

Driving home from work after dark on a recent Friday night -- the end of one of the busiest weeks of the year -- I see the twinkling lights in a hundred different front yards.

Residents are just visible through their windows. Perhaps they can't even see the lights from inside their houses, but they decorated the bushes and roofs just the same.

These lights in our neighbors' yards remind me of all of the intangible gifts of community, the joy we receive from our neighbors' caring actions and the blessings we can bestow.

To all in this small corner of the world, thanks for being my neighbor.

Pub Date: 12/26/97

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