Teens auction their services to fight world hunger


February 01, 2000|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE AUCTIONEER'S gavel will complete the sale of services to top bidders Sunday afternoon as teens at St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church in Eldersburg endeavor to raise funds for and awareness of worldwide famine.

As part of a fund-raising effort on behalf of the Christian relief organization World Vision, members of the church's Senior High Youth Group have pledged to perform chores and jobs to the highest bidders in their first "Service Auction." Each teen will provide at least three services.

Some of the more inventive services include one homemade dessert a month for six months from an aspiring baker and dinner for two at home, complete with baby-sitting. Pet- and plant-sitting, baby-sitting, lawn mowing, gutter clearing, housecleaning, stacking wood, washing cars and yard work will also be auctioned.

"We watched videos about starving kids, and it really hit me I wanted to raise money to help those kids," said Chet Cairns, 17. "Fifty cents feeds a child for a day, and what's 50 cents to us? It's nothing."

Fifteen-year-old Maggie Mintzer agreed: "When we spend money on things, we take so much for granted, but we could spend money to help other people."

A lunch prepared and served by the teens will precede the auction.

Winners all

Oklahoma Road Middle School recently announced the following pupils were selected for the All County Band: Jackie DelGiorno, Jennifer Fuller, Tricia Melka and Emily Sherwood, clarinet; Andrea Dragan, trombone; Jared Schneiderman and Christine Tasch, trumpet; and Brittany Tasch, flute.

Carrolltowne Elementary School's annual Fun Run is the PTA's only fund-raiser for the year, and it keeps getting bigger each year.

Students who gathered the most pledges were recognized at a recent school assembly. Caitlin Schneider raised $300 and received a $100 gift certificate. Raising more than $200 were Brendan Buchness, Zachary Naylor, John Peters and Blake Boles-Reed, who each received a $60 gift certificate for their efforts.

Boundary adjustments

The Long-Range Facility Planning Committee will present recommendations to the Board of Education and the public for countywide school boundary adjustments at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the auditorium at Liberty High School.

Information packets are available at schools, library branches and the Board of Education central office.

Piney Run programs

Kindergartners are off and elementary school pupils are out of school early Thursday, so why not take the kids to Piney Run Nature Center for nature movies and popcorn?

From 2: 30 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Thursday, children can enjoy movies and treats. Those under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers.

The center is offering a snowman/heart wreath program for adults from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 8. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Training for sitters

The Carroll County Bureau of Recreation is sponsoring the American Red Cross training course for baby sitters ages 11-15.

The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 12 at Oklahoma Road Middle School. Participants must attend both sessions to pass the course.

The course will include basic care, first aid, leadership and professionalism. The cost is $32. Participants will receive the Red Cross baby sitter's handbook, baby-sitting note pad and a certificate of attendance.

Information and registration: 410-386-2103.

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

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