Fifth-grader's class project helps children's center


May 17, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MITCHELL STAHM, a fifth-grader at West Friendship Elementary School, was given an assignment. He needed to do a project that would benefit the community and chose to help the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

"He really wanted to do something with a local hospital and something for children," said his mother, Marlene Wolchinsky.

With Principal Sandra Mc- Amis, Mitchell and his mother decided that he would seek donations of sports-related items for the hospital. Mitchell wrote a letter explaining the project and requesting donations. A copy was sent home with West Friendship Elementary children. Mitchell also wrote to his neighbors and rode his bicycle around his neighborhood delivering the letters.

The school and the community came through for Mitchell. Over a period of four weeks, he collected T-shirts, autographed pictures, pennants, baseball cards, sweat shirts, sunglasses and hats.

On April 16, Mitchell met with Jerriann Wilson, director of the Child Life Program at the Children's Center, to deliver the donations. Wilson plans to use the items as prizes at weekly bingo games on closed-circuit television. Mitchell was treated to a tour of the children's ward and received a letter of appreciation.

"The most important thing I learned from this is helping children is very rewarding," Mitchell said.

A group of Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School fifth-graders also saw a need and helped.

At a fifth-grade meeting last month, team leader Carol Hahn told the children about an article she had read in The Sun about Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in West Baltimore. The school had hired an art teacher but didn't have a budget for art supplies. The Triadelphia Ridge pupils and teachers discussed how lucky they were that their art teacher, Debbie Bourke, had ample supplies to teach her lessons.

The next day, a group of girls approached Hahn and asked to see the article. Samantha Hull, Sarah Adams, Ericka Bentson, Alexa Quackenbush and Bryanne Manzitti decided to help Coleman pupils and their art teacher, Patty Caballero.

The girls put boxes to collect art supplies in the entryway to each pod, along with cans to collect money. They posted a copy of the article with the cans. After two weeks, they had collected more than $200 and two large boxes of art supplies.

Samantha's mother, Glenda, delivered the supplies to the Baltimore school.

Hahn said the girls were happy with the outcome.

"I feel they went above and beyond and should be recognized for their act of kindness," she said.

Music trophies

What do you get when you combine 200 River Hill High School music students, three music directors and more than a dozen chaperons on a trip to a music festival in Virginia Beach, Va.?

You get enough trophies to fill a wall of display cases!

The River Hill Music Department returned triumphant from its spring trip to Fiesta-val. Held at the end of last month, the invitational music festival drew 16 schools from 10 states.

The River Hill musicians received many awards. Trophies for overall champions were awarded to the Barbershop Quartet, the Divas, the Madrigal Singers, the Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble.

River Hill was grand champion in choral music and grand champion in instrumental music.

Receiving a superior rating and a first-place trophy were the Barbershop Quartet, the Madrigal Choir, the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, the Orchestra, the Flag Squad, the Percussion Ensemble and the Divas, who tied with another school.

Anna Berry, Paul Quinn and Emily Hancock received judges' awards - Anna for a flute solo, Paul for a clarinet solo and Emily for an electric violin solo.

Other groups also performed well. The Concert Choir received a superior rating, a plaque and recognition, and the First Violins Section received a trophy for outstanding strings section. The Symphonic Band received an excellent rating and a plaque, and the Jazz Lab I received an excellent rating and a third-place trophy.

Receiving a superior rating and a second-place trophy were the Jazz Lab II and the Indoor Guard.

Betsy Graff, director of choral music, Rosemary Lather, director of orchestral music, and Steve Wampler, director of band music, each received a plaque.

Glenelg musicians

Glenelg High School musicians invite their friends throughout the community to become patrons of the school's "Jazz Under the Stars" concert.

The outdoor concert will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Chapel View Farm, 2640 Jennings Chapel Road in Woodbine.

Patrons will help raise funds for uniforms, music, instruments, travel and other expenses for competitions and performances.

The donors will be acknowledged in the concert program, receive tickets to the concert (valued at $20) and a copy of the newest Glenelg Jazz Ensemble compact disc, "Impressions."

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

Information: Sue Emerson, 410-442-2570.

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