Crop Walk fights hunger worldwide


September 24, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OCT. 11 IS THE DATE of the 18th annual Severna Park Crop Walk.

This yearly event, which raises thousands for the relief of worldwide hunger, takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and follows a northward path along the B&A Trail Park, beginning and ending at Woods Community Center in Old Severna Park.

Participants earn money by lining up sponsors. Organizers hope to top last year's total of $9,000.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to the Severna Park Assistance Network. SPAN uses these critical funds to help needy county residents who are being threatened with eviction, and to help them pay for prescriptions and winter fuel bills.

CROP (Church Rural Overseas Project) began in the aftermath of World War II when Midwest farmers began sending surplus crops to war-torn Europe.

For more information, call Sally Vavrek at 410-757-0399.

Scholarly success

"You Can't Spell Success Without U" is the musical theme being heard this fall throughout the halls of Benfield Elementary School, says Principal Jean Marie Hofstetter.

Students and staff have got siblings and parents singing along, too.

Perhaps they sang it at Archbishop Spalding High School as Principal Barbara Schwitzer announced that seniors Helen Philip, daughter of Paul and Laurie Philip of Pasadena, and Catherine Wood, daughter of Colin and Ann Wood of Davidsonville, were named semifinalists in the 1999 National Merit Scholarship Award Program.

High school students take the SAT/National Merit test during their junior year, and winners compete the next year for 2,400 scholarships of $2,000 each, more than a thousand corporate-sponsored awards and as many as 4,000 college and university awards.

The semifinalists make up less than 1 percent of a state's high school graduating class.

In addition, Spalding senior Kirstyn Fernandez, daughter of Guillermo and Maria Fernandez of Hanover, has been named a scholar finalist in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Kirstyn, who competed nationally against more than 150,000 students of Latin American decent, was one of the 3,000 top-scoring students.

In the middle

If your child is going to middle school next year, you won't want to miss the Middle School Fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 6 at Chesapeake Academy on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Arnold.

You'll be able to talk with representatives from nearly a dozen middle schools in Severna Park, Annapolis, Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore.

For more information, call 410-647-9612.

Seeking a leader

The YWCA in Arnold is looking for a new executive director.

Joyce Phillips is chairwoman of the committee, which also includes past presidents Sarah Ann Parsons and Stephanie Yancy, and businesswomen Penny Hopkins and Leslie Tilghman.

For details, call 410-626-7800.

Bargain buying

Coming up Oct. 3 is our favorite fall bargain event, the Severna Park United Methodist Church garage sale. Scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., the sale has a new earlier closing, 1 p.m.

Questions? Call 410-987-4700.

Pub Date: 9/24/98

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