Students get exercise, raise money for school


September 16, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON MONDAY, at least 500 children began a 575-mile walk through the state of Maryland that they hope to finish Oct. 5.

Although the walk starts in Oakland in Garrett County and leads to Ocean City, the children won't be leaving home.

The walk, called Making Tracks Across Maryland, is a fund-raising marathon for Spring Garden Elementary School in Hampstead. It's a new idea for the school, one that combines the curriculum with aerobics and emphasizes children and families working together.

This year, instead of the annual sales of flower bulbs and candy, physical education instructor Craig Walker and school principal Gloria Julius challenged the school PTA to incorporate learning activities into a new fund-raiser.

The walkathon idea of Joyce Nevin, PTA first vice president, mushroomed into a three-week program.

Math and mapping skills will come into play as children in each classroom tally miles and chart cumulative progress on maps of Maryland. As they learn facts about every county, their goal is to walk 575 miles per classroom.

There's an exception for kindergarten children. The five kindergarten rooms will combine miles for one total.

Excitement began to build when a one-fifth-mile track was flagged on the school grounds on Friday. In addition to physical education class, children have access to the outdoor track during recess and after school.

"We want parents and siblings involved with the children," said Lauren Hayes, who helped round up the incentive prizes. "We're encouraging parents, the whole family, to walk. We count their miles, too. Everybody can participate."

After-school physical activities count as miles, according to a formula developed by Walker. An hour of dance, karate, a soccer game or other cardiovascular activity count as one mile.

Children received pledge envelopes Monday, printed courtesy of & K Graphics and Printing and A Great Design, both local businesses. The incentive prizes have a school or sports theme.

If a student raises one dollar, he or she receives a school logo key chain. Other prizes include a bicycle water bottle, lanyard and nylon sports shorts. The top prize, for the child who earns the most pledges, will be a new bicycle and helmet.

Information: 410-751-3433.

Church Christmas

"Angels and snowmen are the thing again this year," said Nancy Conner of St. John's United Methodist Church in Hampstead.

She and six other women at the church have been working on crafts since the second week of July. They are fabricating such popular items as gingerbread men of stuffed fabric, wooden dolls and snowmen with planters attached.

Their work is in preparation for the annual Christmas at the Church, our area's first Christmas holiday bazaar. This is the 16th annual bazaar for St. John's and will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 in the church educational building and social hall. The church is at 1205 Main St.

Crafts vendors may register for spaces limited to the first-floor lounge inside the church. Vendors in the past have brought "homemade crafts of wood, crochet, angels and ceramics," Conner said.

A silent auction will be held. Items have been donated by church and community members and local businesses.

Once again, the day will include a reserved-seat luncheon, as well as barbecue for people in a hurry.

To arrange vendor space, call the church at 410-239-8088 or Miriam Sinnott at 410-239-7925.

Plant at the pond

Wildflowers and shrubs are ready for planting at the pond on Northwoods Trail in Robert's Field. All that's needed are volunteers to help put the plants into the ground. If you're not sure how to do that, master gardeners from the Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand to help.

The shrubs and flowers planted at the pond will help limit erosion, filter nutrient runoff and create a habitat for wildlife, while helping to moderate water temperature.

Planting will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17. You need not be a resident of Roberts Field to participate. Anyone can help and chat with gardening experts. In addition, the first 50 participants will receive an informative notebook about gardening in this area.

Participants should wear waterproof boots and bring shovels and trowels. The planting is sponsored by the Carroll County Department of Environmental Services and the Carroll County Cooperative Extension. Refreshments will be provided by McDonald's and the Carroll County Master Gardeners.

To register, call Catherine Rappe at 410-386-2150 or Lisa Spence at 410-386-2776.

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

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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