Children hop to raise money for leukemia research


January 30, 1998|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LAST FRIDAY was a perfect day to be a kindergarten pupil at Winfield Elementary School. Instead of the usual "sit still and be quiet," the children heard magical words like: "Stand up and start hopping. Keep on hopping. Hop! Hop!"

And hop they did.

The 105 children hopped in circles. They hopped on one foot and two feet. Some hopped so fast and furiously that they exploded in fits of laughter.

All this jumping wasn't part of a physical fitness class or an exercise in dexterity. The children were hopping to raise money for leukemia research.

In conjunction with the Leukemia Society's "Animals that HOP (Helping Other People)," the children hopped for a two-minute span for sponsorship pledges.

The program's theme focuses on teaching children to appreciate the benefits of helping other people.

Kindergarten teacher Becky Jarboe said teachers worked this activity into their lessons by teaching about animals that hop and notable people who have helped others.

Teachers and parent volunteers helped the children keep count of their hops. Many hopped more than 150 times during the two-minute span; some fast jumpers racked up 250 hops.

Students helping others

During February, Mount Airy Middle School students are collecting school supplies and hygiene products for Maryland's homeless children and youth.

The "Have a Heart Campaign" is sponsored by SHOUT or Students Helping Others and Understanding Themselves, a school organization.

SHOUT members participate in community-service projects as well as planning safe and fun activities to help students resist the pressure to use drugs.

Under the leadership of SHOUT adviser Melissa Sikorski, members also learn about building relationships, leadership and decision-making skills, personal values and how to have fun individually and as a group.

Items may be dropped off in the school's front lobby Feb. 9-13. They will be distributed to a county homeless shelter.

Information: 410-751-3354 or 301-829-1314.

Benefit for accident victim

Friends and neighbors have rallied together and planned an evening of music, food and a silent auction to benefit accident victim Lori Kidwiler.

Kidwiler, 39, who was raised in Mount Airy and lives in Damascus, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in October. Kidwiler's leg was amputated above the knee.

Jeanie Pickett, a close friend of Kidwiler's and organizer of the fund-raiser, said Kidwiler is "doing fabulously. Her spirits are great." Pickett said her friend is recuperating and will start physical therapy soon.

Proceeds from the benefit will help pay for a prosthesis, which is expected to cost between $20,000 and $25,000.

Other organizers for the benefit are Pickett's husband, Mark, and Margaret Kershner of Mount Airy.

The benefit will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Mount Airy Isaac Walton Gun Club on Woodville Road. Tickets are $18 and include food, music, karaoke and the silent auction. A cash bar will be available.

An account has been set up to help Kidwiler with her medical expenses. Donations may be made to the Kidwiler Fund at the Mount Airy branch of FCNB, 400 Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy 21771.

Information: Jeanie Pickett, 301-831-0143.

Band fund-raiser

The South Carroll High School Band is selling pizza kits to raise money for band-related trips, activities and equipment.

Band members are taking orders for Gianni's Pizza kits through Feb. 9. The pizza kits are available in a combination of different sizes and toppings.

Information: Debbie Paulsgrove, 410-781-6391; Marilyn Parlett, 410-781-7318; or Cindy Patterson, 410-795-0195.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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