Runnymede pupils give $9,000 to local food bank


May 16, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RUNNYMEDE Elementary School raised more than $9,000 for Carroll County Food Sunday of Westminster during its recent walkathon.

The walkathon is a community-service project that combines the efforts of pupils, teachers, staff members and local businesses to provide food for residents of Carroll County, said Susan Routson, a physical education teacher who has organized the event for the past five years.

"Our staff has used this project as an opportunity to improve student organization skills, as well as challenge their mathematical abilities," she said. "They discussed a graph, which represents student level of participation, and wrote about it mathematically."

The fund-raiser had pupils walking for an hour during their physical education periods. The pupils sought donations from friends and family for their efforts.

On hand was Derek Anderson, Carroll County Food Sunday board chairman, who brought bags of groceries to show the pupils how much a $20 donation could buy.

"The students wanted to know how many families their own individual donations would be feeding," Routson said. "Buying food is something concrete that children can understand. They know that everyone needs to eat and that the money is going to a good cause."

The pupils earned prizes donated by area businesses.

Routson said the event has raised more than $40,000 over the past five years.

Anderson said he was impressed with everyone's efforts for the fund-raiser.

"They have been our largest single contributor over the past five years," Anderson said. "They have done an outstanding job for us in not only raising money, but instilling a sense of community and giving."

Big Game winner

A big sign that hangs outside Liquor Barn in Taneytown boasts "Big Game $150,000 Winner."

Kim Carter, part-owner of the store, said the winner was a group of employees from Random House.

"The girl who came in and bought the ticket [for the group] has been buying tickets here from Day One," Carter said. "We were really glad it was someone local."

Carter said the store learned that it had sold a winning ticket from one of its part-time employees who works at Random House. A call from the store's lottery representative confirmed the news.

The winners were 23 individuals, Carter said.

"They are a great group of workers," she said. "Our best part-time employees come from Random House."

Carter said it was a thrill for her as well.

"We've never had anything like this happen to us," she said.

Ages on Stages

The improvisational theater group Ages on Stages of Baltimore will perform at 10:30 a.m. May 29 at Taneytown Senior Center.

"First you'll laugh, then you'll say `That's exactly how it is,'" said Jackie Boisvert, the center's outreach coordinator.

Boisvert also said that Taneytown Police Lt. Bill Tyler will talk about safety at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 410-756-4557.

Lions yard sale

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its annual yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon May 25 at the former Farmers & Mechanics Bank parking lot at Baltimore Street and Trevanion Road.

"We're again asking for community support in the form of donations of good, salable and possibly unusual items," said Claude Elmore Jr., a Lions Club member.

Donations can be made by calling Lion Leonard Wantz Jr. at 410-751-1200 until May 23.

Soccer registration

Charles Carroll Recreation Council will hold soccer registration from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Charles Carroll Elementary School.

Registration also will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 29 at the school.

Registration is open to boys and girls who will be 5 to 13 years old by July 31. The cost is $40.

Information: Ray Davis at or Beth Berry at 410-346-7837.

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

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