High school teachers serve as examples at benefit

Neighbors

April 30, 1999|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE IS a great opportunity to record some really embarrassing moments for posterity. On Monday, teachers from Hammond High will serve at the Kings Contrivance McDonald's restaurant.

The teachers are not moonlighting; it is their way of encouraging students, parents and friends to dine in the restaurant that night.

Monday is Hammond High's annual night at McDonald's, when the restaurant's management donates a portion of the evening's gross receipts to the school.

So come, eat, take photos of teachers serving burgers -- and support the school. Philanthropy has never been so easy.

The hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Speaking of fund raising, the Hammond PTSA is thrilled to report that classes collected a total of $295,000 in receipts from Giant Foods. The receipts can be traded for computers and other equipment.

Kudos to parent receipt-counters Debbie Cardwell, Sharon Freedman, Linda Shelton and Debbie Crabtree, who risked permanent purple vision and crabbed fingers adding up the totals.

A special thank you to George Strott and Shane Curtis of Michael's Pub. They treated the class with the most receipts per student to a great breakfast.

News from Murray Hill

Murray Hill Middle School got off to a roaring start last year. After only one year, Murray Hill has a number of seventh- and eighth-graders who were prepared to take the SAT, the standardized test given to college-bound 11th-graders.

Fourteen middle-schoolers, who ordinarily would not take the test for another three or four years, have already done so. Several scored well enough to compete with students considerably older than themselves.

This is a stunning achievement for the scholars -- as well as for the school.

Congratulations to Jehiel Baer, Amanda Chagnon, Michelle Chagnon, Samir ChawKat, Vira David, Emma Dennis, Brent Dorman, Elizabeth Klaczynski, Kesun Lee, Daniel Martucci, Carson Nickell, Marc Peters, Brian Scott and Jennifer Taylor.

Committed parents -- some of whom have volunteered to serve on the Murray Hill PTA next year -- are contributing to the school's outstanding achievements. Among the volunteers are Sheila Abram, Nancy Peters, Judy Faudale, Nina Blush, Lisa Nickell and Fred Landy.

Plants for Bollman Bridge

Leighton Bourgin is busy dividing perennials and transplanting cuttings tonight. She's got several hundred to wrap before tomorrow.

Bourgin is the dedicated volunteer gardener who, with parent Deb Shultz, planted the gorgeous borders at Bollman Bridge Elementary.

But that was a while ago, and Bourgin's gift for perennials was languishing.

Her own garden border is already lovely. So what more can a talented gardener do?

The answer is to share her gifts.

Tomorrow, Bourgin will be selling perennial plants for the benefit of Bollman Bridge Elementary at the school's spring yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon.

She has persuaded area friends and Bollman Bridge teachers to donate hostas, roses, zebra grass, gardener's garters, daffodils, wood hyacinths, raspberries, black-eyed Susans and day lilies. She promises the day lilies will bloom this year, if planted quickly.

Bourgin is very good at this planting business, and very forthright. She insists that if the plants can survive division -- as all of these can -- they're easy to grow in our area.

Bourgin says she has never met a bad gardener, just one who had yet to find the right plant for the right spot.

She hopes that many will come to the sale and buy plants. Everything will be priced under $5, she says, because she wants everyone to be able to purchase something.

"Aside from personal pleasure, I think gardening lets the community spruce up, sort of like putting on a new outfit," Bourgin said.

Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a fence for the school's inner courtyard.

Several years ago, students planted a specialty garden to attract butterflies to the courtyard. The new fence will protect the plants from the curious fingers of the preschoolers who use the courtyard for recess.

There also will be a half-price book sale.

Patuxent Valley Middle School is next door, and students there will be running a free car wash -- contributions will be accepted -- and a bake sale.

You can buy a baked treat, have the car washed, scout out the yard-sale bargains, pick up a flower or two for the garden and get home by noon -- with much of the day left for running other errands.

Bollman Bridge Elementary is at the corner of Vollmerhausen and Savage-Guilford roads in Savage.

Pub Date: 4/30/99

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