Pupils put their hearts into helping 2 nursing homes


March 03, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AN AFTER-SCHOOL dance at Mount Airy Middle School on Feb. 11 yielded a bounty of gifts for residents of Mount Airy's Pleasant View Nursing Home and Woodbine's Golden Age Guest Home.

The Heart to Heart Sock Hop garnered more than 700 personal-care items for residents of the two facilities.

The donations were from more than 200 Sock Hop attendees and many other pupils and staff at Mount Airy Middle who made donations during the week before the Valentine celebration.

The dance featured a disc jockey and snacks. It was for a worthy local cause, like all of the Mount Airy Middle School sock hops.

Regardless of whether they attended the sock hop, Mount Airy Middle pupils were given the opportunity to give personal hygiene items and Valentine's Day cards for nursing home residents.

Individually wrapped in white tissue paper and red ribbon by volunteers, the trial-sized lotions, shampoos and other items were welcome gifts.

"It shows that there are a lot of good kids out there," said Betty Welsh, activity coordinator at Pleasant View.

Donations were distributed among the 104 residents at Pleasant View and placed in bathrooms for residents to use and enjoy the fragrances.

The gifts were delivered wrapped in a decorated box. Welsh said, "The kids really deserve a lot of credit."

At Golden Age, the wrapped donations became part of the annual Valentine party. A king and queen were selected among the 41 residents to reign for the next year.

According to activity director Ruth Dubbert, residents received a gift from Mount Airy Middle to take to their rooms after the party. "They were thrilled," said Dubbert.

This was the second year for the Heart to Heart Sock Hop, which serves as a Valentine's Day outreach to area nursing home residents, said Bernadette Korpacz, Parent Teacher Student Organization volunteer. This year, Mount Airy Middle expanded its horizons by sending gifts to two places.

"Last year, we collected over 400 items for the Pleasant View Nursing Home," said Korpacz.

School science fair

Mount Airy Elementary School will hold its annual Science Fair from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the school cafeteria.

"The Science Fair allows the children to demonstrate their skills and knowledge through educational displays and demonstrations," said Valerie Gilman, chairwoman of the Science Fair committee.

More than 100 pupils will participate in 90 projects, including six classroom projects. Highlights include a birds of prey presentation by Steve Heacock from Hashawha Environmental Center and a demonstration by Jeff Gilman showing the effects of liquid nitrogen on everyday objects.

Fifth-graders will demonstrate their math skills through the use of computer programs, and seventh-graders from Mount Airy Middle will display skeletons they've built.

Refreshments will be donated and served by the second- and third-grade classes.

Information: Leslie Wendler, 301-829-8691.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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