Pupils help terrorism victims, 10 cents at a time


November 15, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE PUPILS AT Taneytown Elementary School have raised more than $1,000 for the victims of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 in New York City and the Pentagon. The program, "We Can Help - One Dime at a Time," was spearheaded by school guidance counselor Cindy Hess.

Pupils gave up ice cream money, tooth-fairy money, allowances and more to raise $1,070.60. The money was presented to Farmers & Mechanics Bank in Taneytown, which offered to match what the pupils raised.

"We sponsor a school bank program and that's how I got wind of what they were doing," said Amy Eyler, Farmers & Mechanics Taneytown office manager.

She said she told Hess that if the money was turned in by a certain date, the bank would be able to match that amount through its fund-raising efforts called "Because We Care."

"I think it's really wonderful what these kids did," said Eyler, whose sons, Andy Eyler, 10, and Joey Eyler, 5, attend the school.

"My fifth-grader was especially excited about the fund raising," Eyler said. "He thought it was great he could help."

The project gave the pupils a chance to get involved in a positive way.

"The kids really did a nice job doing something for somebody other than themselves," said Vice Principal Dave Story.

Story said one thing he learned from the pupils is how much the terrorist attacks in September have affected everyone.

"At first I didn't think the kids would really understand," he said. "But the more I see what they're doing, I realize they really do understand what is going on in the country. I'm really proud of these kids."

Like the pupils, employees at Farmers & Mechanics wanted to do something for the victims and their families, Eyler said. She said the effort started when someone suggested giving up this year's holiday party and donating that money to a fund.

"We, as an organization, were trying to find a way we could help," she said.

All money, including donations raised by the pupils, has been designated to go to four nonprofit organizations to support the country's recovery efforts. Those organizations are the Survivors Fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, local chapters of the American Red Cross, the KBW Family Fund and the Sept. 11th Fund.

Lions Club breakfast

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its all-you-can-eat breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the carnival grounds building at Memorial Park.

The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs fried to order, pudding and hominy and sausage gravy.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to promote Little League, youth projects and eye and hearing assistance programs, said Claude Elmore Jr., a Lions member.

The cost for the breakfast is $4.50, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Younger children eat free.

Information: Jim Fair, 410-751-1120.

Let's dance

A dance for children in grades three to eight will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Taneytown Fireman's Building on the carnival grounds. Snacks and a pay-as-you-go menu of cheese or pepperoni pizza and soft drinks will be available.

The cost of the dance is $4.

Information: 410-751-1536 or 410-751-0506.

The dance is sponsored by Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc.

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

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