Teacher taped to the wall after record-breaking fundraiser

Teacher taped to the wall after record-breaking fundraiser
All taped up! Mary Hay, the 3rd grade teacher at St. Philip’s School in Camp Springs, was duct-taped to the wall May 29 in celebration of another amazing Math-a-thon.

For every $50 a child raised, he or she was given a foot-long piece of duct tape—tapes of all colors and designs—to tape the teacher to the wall. Mary had promised they could—if they raised more than last year. And they did!
They raised a whopping $21,411.17 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. That’s almost $500 more than last year when they ranked #10 in the nation, from among 7,000 participating schools. They will learn later how they placed this year.
A St. Jude’s patient, along with her mother and a St. Jude’s representative, visited the Math-a-thon kickoff assembly. She talked about what it was like when she was diagnosed and going through treatment at the hospital. She is currently in remission but goes back for a yearly checkup.
One hundred percent of what is raised by the Math-a-thon benefits sick children at the hospital, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
St. Philip’s has participated in the Math-a-thon for more than 25 years, and Mary Hay has been in charge for the past six, proud that each year they’ve raised more than the year before. Several years ago she accepted an invitation to visit St. Jude’s for a tour of the hospital.
St. Jude’s provides easy online tools to help raise money by solving math problems, earning prizes, and—once the parent gives an okay—contacting friends and family for donations. This year 209 students participated. The top three fundraisers were Zoie Robinson, Joey Graham and Adrianna Dawson.

Foulois teacher named Teacher of the Year
Laura Nedd Shelton has been named Prince George’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. She has been a science teacher for the past four years at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside, She serves as chair of the Science Department and National Junior Honor Society, coordinator of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Fair, and eighth grade class sponsor.

Coming up
I haven’t seen any more publicity on it, but a free military concert, open to the public, is due to perform Saturday, July 12 at the newly-constructed Heritage Park, near the Allentown Road Gate at Joint Base Andrews. I don’t know the time, or if Heritage Park is ready.
Hard Bargain Farm will be at the Surratts-Clinton Library on Wed., July 30, at 10:30 a.m. Come meet some chickens and a rabbit and make and eat a simple snack. For all ages. The library is at 9400 Piscataway Road in Clinton.
The next Morningside Town Meeting will be Tues., July 15, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Karate Class forming
Eagle Claw Karate is now accepting new students, ages 6 to adult. Classes are held at the Morningside Town Hall weekly. Monthly tuition is $40 with discounts given for several members of the same family. For more information visit the class, at no charge, on any Monday at 6 p.m. and see what it’s like.

Changing landscape
Five Below, “Hot Stuff, Cool Prices,” will have a grand opening on July 18 at the Woodyard Crossing shopping center in Clinton.
The Maryland Sewing & Vacuum Center, in Woodyard Crossing, has closed. There’s a sign on the door: “For vacuum repair, call Tim, 240-604-9013.
There is a “Closed” sign on the door of the G Mart International in Clinton. It moved into the space where my favorite Giant used to be. Can I get Giant back?

Morningside Memories
Jody Nyers enjoys my Morningside memories, and has sent some of her own:
“We moved the summer of 1965 to Morningside, on Larches Court, and I started school that fall in the 4th grade at Morningside Elementary, attended Foulois Junior High, Crossland, and was bussed in 1972 to Central where I graduated in June 1974…some 40 years ago.
“Many of my family members lived in Morningside (the Himes, Leigh and Goldsborough families) and growing up there was the best childhood a person could ask for. We had many friends and parents didn't worry (too much) when we were out and about because we were safe in our little town. It seemed as if everyone was part of the Morningside Majorettes and Drum & Bugle Corps. I loved Teen Club, Vacation Bible School at Morningside Baptist Church and playing kick the can. My first job was at the Tastee Freeze, then Junior Hot Shoppes and Andrews Movie Theater. Those were the days which created great memories!”

Happy birthday to former Morningside Councilman Kevin Kline, Nicole Wade, Dee (Curcio) Brown and Dave Williams Jr., July 11; Kenard Simms, July 13; Laverne Peggy Simms, Krista Lanehart and Laura (Thompson) Hoffmann, July 14; Dessirae Johnson and Helen Jurney, July 15; Norma Wright and Gary Lewis, Jr., July 16; my granddaughter Claire Mudd, Michael Busky, Mike Fowler Jr. and former Morningside Police Chief Stephen Armhold, July 17.
Happy anniversary to Dave and Carolyn Williams, their 39th on July 11; and to Morningside Councilman James and Selaine Ealey, their 55th on July 15.

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