Back to school for adult volunteers, too


August 28, 2002|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SCHOOL IS OPEN, and it's time to volunteer. Local schools offer possibilities to help them provide an excellent place to learn.

Volunteering is a direct way to become involved with the community on a flexible schedule. It's a way to meet children of all ages and other adults. Older adults can reconnect with young people. Moms and dads can learn how their children's peers act among friends.

Volunteer work can be a bridge to a career in education or related fields. Those interested in art or literature can volunteer in the art room or library. High school service clubs seek adult helpers of all interests. School play productions use participation on all levels, from costumes to sets.

Teachers usually have projects that can be done at home, such as cutting or assembling classroom items.

PTAs or PTOs seek people to work on committees that range from gathering bake sale items to organizing cultural events. Many opportunities exist to exercise leadership skills with the Shiloh Middle School PTO, which is made up of local business leaders with a "can-do" attitude.

It offers areas in which to volunteer, ranging from helping at the book fair to tallying receipts, and needs 18 enthusiastic volunteers to head or assist on committees.

Schools publish newsletters and need help creating them.

Teachers are remembered throughout the year with small gifts or snacks. Volunteer effort makes this work.

Cafeterias need helpers to substitute when someone is sick. At Shiloh Middle, the cafeteria manager would like a helper with a knack for crafts or sewing, or someone able to occasionally help with food service. Family and Consumer Science teachers need help assembling sewing materials and with food preparation classes.

Volunteers are sought at elementary schools to help children learn to read, make bulletin boards interesting and finish large projects. Ask how to help at the school office.

Scout golf tourney

Boy Scout Troop 320 of Manchester will sponsor its third annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at Oakmont Green Golf Course in Hampstead.

"We chose to do this in September because we could get the new Scouts and parents involved, and it would be after everybody was back into the school routine," said Assistant Scoutmaster Don Malbrough.

The tournament offers individual or team registration, which includes beverage service on the course, greens fees and cart, and a steak dinner at the clubhouse. Door prizes and contests will be included.

The cost is $65 or $260 per four-person team.

"There's still plenty of room for golfers" to sign up, Malbrough said.

Registration: David Wehs, 443-386-2540.

Tournament proceeds will be used to buy tents, cooking equipment, stoves and other items.

About 15 new boys join the active troop, led by Scoutmaster John Sibig, each year. Fifty-five boys meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the ground floor social hall at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Church Street, in Manchester. They learn camping, orienteering, cooking and outdoor skills.

The troop sent nine Scouts and three leaders to Philmont Scout Ranch last month, where they spent two weeks camping on the 200,000-acre preserve in New Mexico.

Prospective Scouts can visit the troop by contacting Malbrough at 410-239-6373.

Scout bingo

An evening of basket bingo fun has been planned by the Friends of Cub Scout Pack 790. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and games will start at 7 p.m. at Manchester Fireman's Activity Building, York Street off Main Street in Manchester.

Baskets by the Longaberger company will be featured, including styles no longer produced and the latest styles.

The event will include jackpot prizes, raffles and door prizes. Food, snacks and beverages will be available.

Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Information: Maureen Laderer, 410-239-7398.

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

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