Kids send aid, sympathy to victims


October 03, 2001|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANCHESTER Elementary School pupils have responded to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 by participating in local programs to send aid to survivors.

"The school has been working to help the kids understand the consequences [of the attacks] and how to express concern, and how to do something at their age level to help," said Janet Haack, a fifth-grade teacher.

One fifth-grade class made patriotic ribbon badges. Sales of the badges brought in $1,200, which the children sent to the American Red Cross.

All pupils brought in donations of canned goods and bottled water, which were sent to the Salvation Army.

Haack found a meaningful way for her 29 pupils to communicate their concerns to other children.

She had read a newspaper article that told of three pupils and three teachers who died in the attack on the Pentagon. The six were passengers on the hijacked plane, en route to California for a geography enrichment experience. The pupils had won the trip through a National Geographic contest. The children and teachers were from Leckie and Ketcham elementary schools and Backus Middle School in Washington.

Haack read the article to her class.

"The article had the names of teachers and students who died. I said to my students, `Why not write letters to the schools that lost a child?'" she said.

She permitted pupils to select a person or a school to write to. She said, "They gained that needed ability to express concerns in the letters they wrote.

"They wrote letters expressing how hard it must be to lose someone," she said, noting the pupils included encouraging sentiments such as, "We're thinking of you."

One pupil referred to his sense of loss when a classmate died during the first grade.

"One wrote, `I don't know why anyone would do this to innocent people.' Another wrote, `I think the president is doing all that he can,'" Haack said.

Three letters were saved for a local television station. Haack mailed the other 26 letters last week.


Members of churches in the Northeast Carroll area plan to meet Sunday for the annual Hampstead-Manchester CROP Walk. The fund-raiser is being held a week earlier than in previous years.

The Rev. Robert Rock, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ of Manchester, is coordinator. Members of the church evangelism committee are assisting.

The theme is "Walk with Your Community, Walk with the World."

Registration and sponsorship information: 410-374-2727.

Help your neighbor

Northeast Social Action Program Inc., in cooperation with Human Services Program of Carroll County, is looking for individuals, organizations, churches, Sunday schools and other groups to adopt families for the holidays. Participants can help ensure a joyful season for families in need.

Families may register through Human Services' Neighbors In Need program. Northeast Social Action Program will connect families that reside in North Carroll with adopting groups. The groups will receive information about the needs of the families to which they are assigned.

Two area organizations have agreed to adopt families.

Information: 410-239-6216.

School memory books

Shiloh Middle School PTO is selling scrapbooks in which to capture school-day memories.

The 10-inch-by-13-inch books are designed in full-color notebook style, with more than 40 pages.

The cost is $12.60. Shiloh Middle pupils can order a book with a Shiloh school page inserted.

Orders: 410-239-6136.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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