Runnymede pupils, staff unflagging Ravens fans


January 24, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RUNNYMEDE Elementary School pupils got a purple surprise last week. When pupils walked into their classrooms, they found Ravens car flags on every desk. For the elementary school, that means 623 flags.

Third-grade teacher Kristen Karr, an enthusiastic Ravens fan, said Flag Day evolved from her display of team support the first day of school, when a wall was covered with Ravens posters, pictures and calendars.

"One of my students, Andrew Lurz, told me his father, Michael Lurz, is president of the Westminster chapter of the Ravens Roost," Karr said.

Karr said the Roost is a fan club that takes kids to ball games and sponsors Ravens-oriented activities. When area Burger Kings didn't sell all of their flags, they donated what was left - 800 flags - to the Roost.

Andrew's mother, Andrea Lurz, spoke with Karr about giving the flags to Runnymede pupils.

Lurz took the flags in before the holidays, but because it was so hectic then, teachers decided to wait until school resumed this month.

"The students were really excited," Karr said. "I think it was a very generous offer. We're seeing a lot more purple as a result."

The pupils weren't the only recipients. Staff and faculty all got flags.

Karr said the flags have created a sense of oneness in the school.

Sue Reisig, school media specialist, agreed: "It has given us a spirit of community. The kids were so excited when getting on the bus and carrying their flags."

Reisig, as big a fan as Karr, said before the Super Bowl last year, Runnymede was awash in Ravens colors.

"We had purple and black all over the school," she said.

Karr calls herself a "big, big, big" Ravens fan who goes to several games a season. She said she goes to the training camp at Western Maryland College when the team is in Westminster. She said Shannon Sharpe is her favorite player.

"He's quick, reliable and he helps inspire the entire team," Karr said.

Senior ski trip reminder

Taneytown Senior Center is organizing a ski trip Wednesday to Ski Liberty north of Carroll County in Pennsylvania.

Wednesdays are senior days at the ski resort, said Jackie Boisvert, the center's outreach coordinator.

"We will also have a senior ski instructor," she said.

A bus will depart from the center at 11 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. The cost is $8.50 and includes transportation and lunch. Information: 410-756-4557.

Basketball contest reset

Because of Saturday's snow, registration for the 2001 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.

The contest will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the school. Feb. 3 is the snow date for the competition. Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited.

The competition is sponsored by Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Taneytown Council 11631 and Taneytown Recreation Council, said Allen Shatzer, who is coordinating the event.

The event is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. (It is called the 2001 Free Throw instead of 2002 because the Knights calendar year runs from July to June.)

Proof of age and written parental consent are required. Pupils must provide a copy of their birth certificate.

Each contestant in the local championship will receive a participation certificate. Each local age-group winner will receive a champion's certificate and plaque that will be presented at the local council's awards dinner in June.

In the competition, contestants will get three warm-up tosses, then 15 free-throw attempts.

Information: 410-756-1214.

Basketball, softball sign-up

Taneytown Area Recreation Council will hold a makeup registration for youth basketball and girls softball from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow at Taneytown Elementary School.

The youth basketball program is for first through fourth grades and is designed to introduce children to basketball. The eight-week program includes several weeks of instruction and a few weeks of games. The cost is $15.

Girls softball is for ages 5 to 14. Play is in the Central Maryland Girls Softball league against teams from New Windsor, Union Bridge and Hampstead. Coaches are needed. The cost is $25.

Baseball sign-up tomorrow

Baseball sign-up for Taneytown Little League will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Feb. 1 at Northwest Middle School; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 2.

Information: 410-857-3637.

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

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