St. Louis School students make generosity multiply

Clarksville Column


May 26, 2011

Even children 10 or 11 years old can make a difference that can change the world for others.

Kate Douglas has been empowering students in her fifth-grade religion class at St. Louis School for the fourth year by giving them each $10 to donate to whatever charity they individually select.

They can donate the $10 directly or do something to make it grow into a larger donation. Most picked the latter.

John Reed and Matthew Matthai bought water and chips to sell for Japan earthquake assistance. Their $20 became $200 for the American Red Cross. Andrew Tiffey, Philip Carroll and Luke Hessler opened a lemonade stand to raise $134, also for Japanese earthquake victims.

Some of the girls made and sold small rugs. Once again, the total donations increased — this time to more than $1,000 — and the young people learned valuable life lessons.

Eighteen years ago May 2, Wayside Drive neighbors were rejoicing at the birth of Megan Essman. Today they are congratulating Megan on graduating from River Hill High School, a great lacrosse season and acceptance at St. Mary's College of Maryland where she will be a SeaHawk. Best wishes for a wonderful year, Megan.

Happy birthday to Christina Gibbs who turned 8 on May 23. How quickly little girls grow up. Hope you had great celebrations, Christina.

Congratulations to Puja Parmar who is graduating in the top 10 percent of her class at River Hill High School and received a dean's scholarship. Though she was accepted at Northwestern, in Boston, and the University of North Carolina, Puja has chosen to attend the Robert H. Smith Business Honors University at the University of Maryland.

Needless to say, parents Rashmi and Kirit Parmar are delighted that she will be staying not too far from home. Family and friends, including grandparents coming all the way from India, will be celebrating Puja's graduation this weekend.

We are blessed with many talented young musicians. Some may be interested in auditioning for the 48th season of the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Angelo Gatto. The MYSO is scheduled for a tour of Canada in June 2012.

Auditions are by appointment at Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville June 4 and 11. To learn more, go to

Jessica Weeks came home to celebrate her 30th birthday with parents, Ed and Cathy Weeks; and other family and friends. Hope it was a spectacular event.

Jessica is a manager with Ernst and Young. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Congratulations to Morgan Geraghty on winning the Award of Excellence for Dance Choreography at the national level in the PTA Reflections competition. Way to go, Morgan.

Looking for local entertainment? The Clarksville Middle School Chorus will present its spring concert at the school on June 2, from 7-8 p.m. Come and enjoy.

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