Elementary pupils run for fun and to raise funds

NEIGHBORS

April 27, 2001|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WINFIELD Elementary pupils took a break from their studies April 20 to participate in the school's first Fun Run.

After warming up with stretches and exercises led by physical education teachers Susan Fager and Rob Pennington, the pupils spent the next 30 minutes walking, jogging or running around the school's outdoor paved track. Freeze pops and time to relax awaited the pupils at the end.

Sponsored by the school's PTA, the Fun Run was organized to raise money to purchase books for the elementary school. Pupils were asked to solicit pledges from family and friends for their participation in the Fun Run. The class that collected the most pledges won a party of its choice.

Coordinators for the event were parent volunteer Barbara Kreinar and first-grade teacher Sherry Reitz.

The Fun Run was scheduled to coincide with National Kids Volunteer Day.

"What could be better?" said Reitz. "Kids raising money for their school."

Spring yard sale

What started more than 20 years ago with a handful of vendors today is billed as "one of Maryland's largest yard sales."

With space for 400 vendors and drawing crowds of up to 15,000, the annual Mount Airy Jaycees' spring yard sale is awaited by bargain shoppers from as far as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware.

This year's sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Airy Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. The event will be held rain or shine.

Spaces may be rented the morning of the sale for $40. Registration will begin at 5:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available at the food booth.

The spring and fall yard sales are the Jaycees' biggest fund-raisers. The organization relies on the profits to finance annual projects such as Thanksgiving baskets, a children's Christmas celebration and donations to local charities.

Information: 301-829-6225.

Plant sale

The Audubon Society of Central Maryland is sponsoring its third annual Native Plant Sale.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, an assortment of native trees, shrubs and perennials will be offered for sale at Carroll Audubon Sanctuary, on Old Annapolis Road, Mount Airy. All proceeds will benefit the sanctuary for maintenance and activities.

Master gardeners from Carroll County, and Audubon members, will be on hand to answer questions. Visitors are encouraged to visit the sanctuary, which includes streams, a pond, a large wetland area and a wildflower area. Many birds, butterflies and turtles make the sanctuary home or a regular visiting area.

Flowers abound

Mount Airy Garden Club is holding its flower show, "Flowers of Friendship."

The free show is set from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the Powers Homes model house at Summit Ridge, Scotch Heather Avenue and Buffalo Road.

The show will include 20 floral designs in four categories - horticulture, floral design, youth gardening and educational. Nationally accredited flower show judges will rate all entries.

Participants will compete for awards, including top honor, the Award of Horticulture Excellence. A prize for the best pink tulip will be awarded in remembrance of past club member Corrinne Watkins. The award for best houseplant will be presented in honor of past club member Anna Barber.

Information: 301-829-9616.

Blood drive

South Carroll High School Student Government Association will hold its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the school, 1300 Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

The blood drive is open to the public. Donors must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Information: 410-751-3375.

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

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