Teens find reward in Appalachian Service Project


August 10, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIRTY-EIGHT area teen-agers were extra sleepy Sunday. They had just returned from a weeklong trip to Leslie County, Ky., where they took part in Crofton Community United Methodist Church's annual Appalachian Service Project (ASP).

After an 11-hour drive, they spent the week camping in a local elementary school, meeting with young people from Methodist churches in Pennsylvania and Alabama and working on a variety of projects.

Cindy Dezio, a sophomore at the University of Maryland, reports that she worked hard. "I'm in pain," she said with a laugh. "But it was a lot of fun. It was really worth it."

Dezio worked in a small team with Tim Altman, Jon Uytewaal, Jen Gardner and Daniel Bennett. With their adult sponsors, Susan Fugate and Ruth Casey, they finished installing an outhouse for a home with no plumbing.

Other ASP groups had begun the work earlier in the summer, preparing the land and putting together the basic structure. Dezio's group dug the hole and finished off the outhouse structure with a few special touches, such as a support bar. On Wednesday, they proudly presented their project to the homeowners, an elderly couple who cared for the wife's mother, who was in her 90s.

Dezio spoke with pride of watching the husband walk out to the outhouse, look inside and turn to his wife. "Oh, Sarah," he reportedly said, "You're going to love this."

Other teams worked on roofs and did home repairs. Many felt their time volunteering was the warmest, most rewarding week of the summer.

Camp for new students

Moving to a new school can be exciting, but also a little scary. Crofton Elementary School is sponsoring a New Student Camp from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at the school.

Guidance counselor Karen M. Patterson invites all new Crofton Elementary students who will be entering grades one through five to take part in the program. The children will meet other new students, tour the school, see a slide presentation of the past school year, meet some of the school staff and learn lots of tips about how to feel at home at Crofton Elementary.

Assisting in this year's camp will be the 1999-2000 student government officers: President Bertan Unal, Vice President Abby Lynch, Secretary Brigette Quinn, Treasurer Rachel Donahue, fifth-grade Historian Emily Carson and fourth-grade Historian Rick Soulas.

Information: Patterson, 410-222-5800.

Rotary exchange program

The Bowie-Crofton Rotary Club is seeking local business persons and professionals between ages 25 and 40 to take part in a study exchange team, traveling to Japan next spring. While knowledge of Japanese will be helpful, it is not a requirement. Interested persons must be employed in a business or profession full time.

The Rotary Group Study Exchange Team will leave for Japan March 31 and return May 6. The four selected members and a leader will represent Rotary District 7620 (Central Maryland area and Washington) and will meet with a Rotary district in the Osaka area. Through this all-expenses-paid program, local residents have the opportunity to foster international understanding through people-to-people diplomacy.

Participants will stay in Rotarians' homes and experience the culture.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 1. Information: E. Rankin Lusby at 410-721-2591 or rlusby@ccconline.net.

Donating school supplies

On a hot August day, it is always a shock to go into a store and see back-to-school sales. But it is time to get ready. School buses will begin rolling all too soon.

The Christian Action Committee of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish in Crofton asks you to remember those families who have a hard time purchasing school supplies. When purchasing your children's pens, pencils, crayons and folders, please buy a little extra. Donations will be collected in a box at the church next weekend. The supplies will be sent to St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, where they will be distributed to needy families.

Information: 410-721-5770.

Pub Date: 8/10/99

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