Pupils nickel-and-dime their way to hundreds for Sept. 11 victims


October 04, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UNABLE TO GIVE blood, elementary school pupils in the Northwest area have emptied piggy banks, sold flags and given up ice cream money to benefit the victims of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

"A parent of one of my students said that the kids felt like they were not contributing anything," said Michelle Fitzgerald, a fourth-grade teacher at Charles Carroll Elementary School.

So the Silver Run school devised a program to collect money, "Coins for Coping with Tragedy," and have set up empty water jugs in the cafeteria. When the program ends, the school will send the money to New York City firefighters and police officers.

Pupils also have written letters to them.

"We appreciate you for putting your time and energy into this tragedy. ... You will always be in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers," pupils in Fitzgerald's class wrote.

At Elmer Wolfe Elementary School in Union Bridge, guidance counselors Wendy Bopst and Barbara Deitch worked with a fifth-grade team to launch a collection effort, "Nickels for New York and Dimes for D.C."

"It's been really helpful for the children and they are really excited about it," said Bopst, who has been moved by the children's generosity. "We've had children empty out piggy banks."

Third-grader Kacie Fogle sold American flags and raised $90.35. Fifth-grader Rachael Miller raised $222, which she took to a Giant Food store.

Fourth-grader Wyatt Haley raised $66.

The school has raised $1,454.40, and Giant will match the donations and forward a check to the American Red Cross.

Borrowing from Elmer Wolfe's campaign, Runnymede Elementary School also launched a "Nickels for New York and Dimes for D.C." campaign.

Guidance counselor Jill Millison said she talked to the pupils in the cafeteria and explained that "a couple of buildings had fallen down in New York and D.C. and that it would be nice to help rebuild."

"I had a couple of kids right then and there empty their pockets of their lunch money," she recalled.

Millison, however, told the students to talk to their parents before giving up allowance money. Runnymede raised $332.95, and Millison said the school plans to take the money to Giant, which will match it.

At Taneytown Elementary School, the children named their program "We Can All Help Out One Dime at a Time," said Cindy Hess, a school guidance counselor.

"The kids have really been getting behind this project," Hess said.

During the first week, pupils raised $638.99, she said.

Taneytown plans to continue its campaign through this month.

As of Tuesday, the school had raised $937.12.

Hess said the children have realized what the events of Sept. 11 mean and have been showing patriotic colors.

Some pupils have made flags out of paper and put them on their lockers, and some have been wearing ribbons.

Giant flag in Taneytown

The Jubilee food store in Taneytown is displaying a huge American flag that fills the front window.

Store manager Kevin Cavanaugh said he was talking to his Coca-Cola account manager Jeff Beasley about his inability to find a giant flag to hang in the storefront.

"I had been trying to find a flag big enough and, of course, flags were hard to come by. [Beasley] said, `I can build you one.'" Cavanaugh said.

The next day, Beasley stacked 170 cases of Coke.

He layered the gray Diet Coke boxes with the regular red Coke boxes to create the flag's stripes.

The blue section is part of a real flag.

"It took me about two hours to build," Beasley said.

Cavanaugh said many customers have commented on the flag.

"They've said it is wonderful and they enjoy seeing it," he said.

Can't tell the age

A few weeks ago, we wrote in this space about appraising antiques. We noted that the Center for Wood Anatomy Research at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis., could determine the age of an antique by the wood sample.

The center, however, does not date specimens.

It analyzes and identifies the genus and, in some cases, provides the subgenus grouping (white oak, for example) of the wood sample.

"It is left to the appraiser, historian or consumer to analyze the identified wood sample in relation to various woods and their historical usage and then posit a date," said Bob Harrison, an appraiser.

Aerobics signup

Taneytown Area Recreational Council will offer aerobics classes from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Northwest Middle School.

Though the classes began Tuesday, registration continues 15 minutes before the class begins. The cost is $20.

Information: Bob Broderick, 410-756-2809.

Turkey dinner reminder

Grace United Church of Christ will hold its annual turkey and fried oyster supper from noon until it is sold out Saturday at the church.

The cost is $10 and $4.50 for ages 5 to 12. Children age 4 and younger eat free.

Information: 410-756-2898.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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