Shiloh Middle pupils' bedtime stories raise $3,578


March 27, 2002|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WIDE AWAKE THEY were - and quiet, too - about 300 pupils sprawled on quilts and pillows in the gymnasium of Shiloh Middle School. It was a wide-awake slumber party without the usual chitchat.

Every member of the big group was reading a book, quietly, for 100 minutes. Twelve reading and language arts teachers from the school watched over them, distributing hard candies to fuel their literary gusto.

It was the school's annual readathon, organized by reading specialist Joanne Ashwell, and it raised $3,578 to be divided between the school and Literacy Council of Carroll County. It will also pay an honorarium for Baltimore children's author Margaret Meacham, who will visit the school April 10.

"I chose the Literacy Council because they assist all readers and those who have difficulties with literacy," Ashwell said. "They are strictly volunteer, and work with adults who have a wide range of skills. It's also worthwhile because the money we raised will stay right in our county."

Ashwell held the readathon March 1, a day before Read Across America, the national celebration marking the birth of Theodor Geisel, who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Classes held activities based on the famous children's author days before the readathon.

Pupils who collected pledges and read at the event received six hours of student service credits. A $20 gift certificate to Target was given to the pupil at each grade level who collected the highest value in pledges. Receiving the prizes were Rebecca Zgorski, sixth grade, $121 in pledges; Ciara McVicker, seventh grade, $81; and Beth Gillian, eighth grade, $90.

When the reading was completed, pupils were treated to cupcakes and pretzels served by parents. The teachers and reading department created door prizes that were given away during the snack break. Prizes included paperbacks, hair care products, and gift certificates for movie rentals and fast food.

The Literacy Council will receive $1,639, and an equal amount will be given to Shiloh's school library to buy books.

"The kids are really enthusiastic. Being a new school, we can use new books. The readathon is only a positive thing," Ashwell said.

Memorial golf tournament

Doug Seabrease, the late Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 380 of Hampstead, is being honored this spring with a Memorial Golf Tournament on April 29. The tournament will be held at South Hills Golf Course in Hanover, Pa.

Seabrease, who had cancer, passed away in April. He was highly active in the troop for many years, and both his sons had received Eagle rank. Friends in the troop recalled his avid golfing and decided to hold a tournament in his name to benefit the troop. Wesley United Methodist Church in Hampstead sponsors the troop.

The tournament cost is $60 per golfer or $240 per foursome. Greens fees, cart and lunch after the tournament will be included.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Hole sponsorships are $50 each, and door prize donations are appreciated.

Registration or information: Tom Osborne, 410-239-7380.

New citizens welcomed

Raimonda Mikatavage, Hampstead author, television producer and educator, on behalf of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, addressed 350 new citizens March 15 at the War Memorial Building in Baltimore.

She has devoted her professional career to smoothing the transition process for new immigrants. She drew upon her experience as an immigrant at age 10 and her knowledge of how many others have adjusted to a new life and new language in the speech that was intended to inspire and welcome the naturalized citizens.

Mikatavage has written several self-help books about achieving success through education, persistence, connection to the homeland and using one's talents in the new country.

"A newcomer, immigrant or refugee transforms into a full-fledged American through participation. I encourage you, as U.S. citizens, to be actively involved in your families, in your communities and in your personal success," Mikatavage said in her speech.

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

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