2nd-grader leads the way in fund-raising effort


April 05, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NOT ALL television is bad for kids. Take Kyle Stull, The Lisbon Elementary School second-grader was inspired to do something wonderful by a program he saw on PBS.

On a segment of "ZOOM," two young girls collected pennies at their school to purchase stuffed animals for the local fire department to give to young fire and accident victims. Kyle decided to do the same thing for the Lisbon Fire Department.

With his mother, Stephanie Stull, Kyle organized a Pennies for Kids Campaign at Lisbon Elementary. Jars were placed at school events such as Jump Rope for Heart, the book fair and in the lunch room on Valentine's Day.

Kyle's efforts raised $564.46. "I've never seen so many Ziploc bags full of pennies from nearly every child in school," Stephanie Stull said. "Some children even gave up their snack money on the day we collected during lunch."

Using the money Kyle collected, she bought 24 stuffed lions, representing the school mascot, the Lisbon Lion. The balance of the money, $427.66, was donated to the Fire Department to replenish its stuffed-animal supply.

Kyle also collected money from the Glenwood Lions Club during the club's February meeting. Michelle Brown, Kyle's second-grade teacher, had the pennies counted by SunTrust Bank in the Enchanted Forest Safeway store, and SunTrust donated $50 toward the cause.

On March 29, Joseph Herr, Howard County Chief of Fire and Rescue Services, and Norm Snyder, Lisbon Fire Department vice president, accepted the 24 stuffed lions and a "mock" check for $427.66 in the school cafeteria, known as the Lions' Den. Kyle also received two plaques and a Lisbon Fire Department T-shirt.

"We were amazed at the generosity of all those little kids," said Kyle's grandmother, Frankie Pardoe of Woodbine. "I am a proud grandmother."

The ceremony was tied in with Math Day at Lisbon Elementary, an all-day event of math-related activities for the children. One teacher had pupils calculate how many pennies made $427.66.

"The response from the kids, parents and school staff was overwhelming," Stephanie Stull said. "With so much negative school news reported in the media, I think we sometimes forget that we are a neighborhood of truly caring individuals and families."

Future business leaders

River Hill High School's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America won honors at the FBLA State Leadership Conference held March 22 to 24 in Hagerstown.

Adviser Teresa Waters said the chapter was established three years ago with eight members and is now the largest chapter in Maryland, with 178 members. Thirty-six participated in the conference. The chapter placed first in seven competitions and ranked among the top five teams in 15 other competitions.

David Borys became Maryland state FBLA parliamentarian with a seat on the state FBLA executive board. David also was elected state representative to the National FBLA Conference for Parliamentary Procedures, along with Dan Hanson, also a member of the River Hill FBLA group. Rick Hoffman ran unsuccessfully for state president.

The organization is led by Scott Nathan, president; Rick Hoffman, vice president; Zack Pund, parliamentarian; Nisha Majmudar and Nicole Meyers, secretaries; and Sajid Ansari and Matt Ulan, co-treasurers.

Young skater honored

Clarksville resident Michelle Clementi, 12, received the Metroliners' Award from the Bowie Figure Skating Club last month.

Michelle is a member of the Metroliners, a youth synchronized skating team that competes in the Northeast with the U.S. Figure Skating Association and the Ice Skating Institute.

The Lime Kiln Middle School seventh-grader was recognized for her dedication to the team, her improvement as a skater and her contribution to the 2000-2001 skating season.

Information: 410-849-5438.

Glenelg band plays

The Glenelg High School Symphonic Band, directed by Barry Enzman, participated in the Howard County District VIII Band Festival on March 16 and 17.

Middle and high school bands play before judges at the festival and are ranked for their performance. For the 24th year in a row, Glenelg received straight 1s, the highest ranking.

Industry winner

Glenelg's Eyre Bus Service Inc. received the Industry Leadership Achievement Award in February at the United Motorcoach Association's Bus Expo in Atlantic City, N.J.

Eyre was selected by Bus Ride Magazine for high standards and commitment to customer service.

Bruce Sankey, editor and publisher of the magazine, presented the award to Eyre President Ronald L. Eyre. Eyre also received the 2001 Outstanding Operational Achievements Award last month from Trailways Transportation System.

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