Tradition shares with more each year

NEIGHBORS

April 02, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A GIRL SCOUT project that began three years ago has grown into a heartwarming tradition for three children at Ellicott Mills Middle School.

Eighth-graders Sarah Reardon, Kristen Williams and Jaclyn Leaf, members of Girl Scout Troop 2137, started putting together Easter baskets for terminally ill children when they were in sixth grade. That year, their goal was to create 12 baskets.

"Well, they ended up making 26," said Sarah's mother, Colleen Reardon.

The next year, the girls decided to make the baskets again. That time, their goal was 30. They wound up making 110. This year, the goal is 200 baskets.

"We currently have 195, and production is still in progress," Reardon said. "It's incredible."

The baskets, which will be donated to patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, are loaded with items: crossword puzzles, stuffed animals, posters, T-shirts, key chains and makeup. Local merchants donated the items, or gave cash that the girls use to buy the gifts.

"These girls hit the pavement and go around in their uniforms and ask for donations," Reardon said. "This year especially, the merchants have come to know the girls in their campaign."

Donors included Michael's Arts & Crafts, Hecht's, Hallmark and the Baltimore Orioles organization, which donated magazines, stickers and baseball information cards, Reardon said.

As if that isn't enough to keep the girls busy, Sarah and Jaclyn recently earned their Silver Award, a high honor in the world of Girl Scouts. Kristen recently competed in the swimming regionals and is on her way to the national competition.

"Being the proud mother, I'm like, `How do you do it?'" Reardon said. "Because I'm exhausted."

Speaking of Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 757 of Glenwood held a Court of Honor on March 12 to recognize recent accomplishments of the Scouts. Advancing in rank were Justin House, Scott Fry, Jason Harvill, Matthew Harvill, Mike Marlow, Chris Metzbower, James Proctor, Walt Worley, Adam Mikulis, Matt Jaso, Jeff Apple, Mike Englehart and David Kehm.

Justin House received his 21st merit badge, the number required to advance to Eagle rank.

New junior leaders also were installed. Jason Harvill is Senior Patrol Leader. Scott Fry, Walter Worley, Chris Metzbower and Mike Marlow are patrol leaders.

Brainer strainer

Congratulations to David Gertler, father of Centennial Lane Elementary School second-grader Stephanie Gertler. He solved a sophisticated math problem to win the December Brainer Strainer Contest sponsored by Safeway Club Card for Education.

Thanks to Gertler's efforts, Centennial Lane was awarded 20,000 bonus credits on the Safeway Club Card, and an iMac computer.

The bonus points may be used to purchase school equipment.

Young mathematicians

Eighty-eight Centennial High School students took part in the first round of the American Mathematics Competitions on Feb. 13. Students who placed in the top 5 percent were invited to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination on March 27.

Kenneth Theirer, David "Clay" Hambrick, Howard Carolan, Noel Hahn, Daniel Staples and Mark Seifter advanced to the second round.

The purpose of the competition is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop problem-solving abilities through friendly competition in a timed format. Last year, 413,200 students participated.

Parent seminars

Howard High School's Parent Teacher Student Association will hold two parent seminars at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school's media center. Carolyn Wohnsigl of Children of Separation and Divorce will speak about being a single parent of a teen-ager, and clinical psychologist Michael Tebeleff will discuss being a parent of a teen with attention deficit disorder. Parents may choose one or both seminars.

Time will be available for questions and discussion. Reservations are requested. Information or reservations: Mary Levinsohn, 410-313-6987 Ext. 183.

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