PTA piggy bank drive leaves principal puckering up


November 24, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KISSING A PIG was probably not the most pleasant thing ever done by Nancy Chapin, principal at Linton Springs Elementary School in Eldersburg, but a deal's a deal.

Chapin agreed to smooch a pig if students at the school met their fund-raising goal for a recent PTA event.

At a school assembly yesterday,Chapin puckered up and was supposed to plant a cheerful kiss on an 800-pound swine named Snort. Snort, however, refused to cooperate and stayed on the farm. Instead, Chapin kissed Me, one of a trio of piglets -- the others were Myself and I -- who were on call.

Students at Linton Springs spent the past four weeks collecting pennies in piggy banks in each classroom. During the final week, students were invited to include other coins as they pushed to reach the goal of $2,500. They raised more than $3,200.

"I'm really happy the children met their goal and even exceeded the goal," Chapin said. "We're trying to promote community spirit."

As pennies arrived each day, excitement built as more members of the staff brought piggy paraphernalia to remind the principal of her date with a pig. Chapin joined good-naturedly by wearing pig slippers for a recent silly shoe day.

Funds raised by the students will be used to help support school PTA programs.

Sykesville Christmas Tour

Sykesville Historic District Commission is sponsoring a Christmas Tour of historic structures around Sykesville.

The tour will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and will consist of seven private homes and three public buildings, including the Town House, Gate House Museum of History and a building under renovation that was once the only school for African-American students in South Carroll.

After purchasing tickets, visitors may start at any location on the route. Plenty of parking will be available.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased the day of the tour at Gate House Museum or the Town House. Advance tickets may be purchased during business hours at the Town House.

Information: Town House, 410-795-8959 or Gate House Museum, The Historic District Commission is selling a Historic Sykesville woven coverlet featuring scenes from in and around town, and a pewter ornament of the Town House. The cost of the coverlet is $50 and the ornament is $10.

Proceeds from the sales and the Christmas Tour will benefit the commission.

Paint-ball tourneys

The game of paint ball is growing in popularity. A recent tournament held at SuperSports in Eldersburg drew 25 teams from the mid-Atlantic region.

During the second annual Graveyard Tournament, teams competed in the amateur, novice or youth divisions on the outdoor paint-ball fields at SuperSports.

Twelve teams competed in the five-man amateur competition with Global Warriors capturing first and Freaks of Nature claiming second. Twisted Minds and Thunder II took first and second respectively in the nine-team novice division.

The youth division featured four teams with Sub Zero and D.O.A. taking first and second.

SuperSports will hold indoor paint-ball tournaments Nov. 29, Jan. 3, and Feb 14. Information: SuperSports, 410-549-9300.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

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