Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Woodmont Academy students visit wounded soldiers

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Photo courtesy of Woodmont Academy
Connelly Magin and Carly Williams, both of Mount Airy, visited with wounded soldiers in December at Walter Reed Medical Center with some of her classmates from Woodmont Academy in Cooksville. Sarah Turgeon, (from left), Carly, Megan Arnold, Connelly and Morgan Richmond, seventh-graders at the school, are pictured with some of the soldiers they met.
The Christmas season was a little brighter for many folks due to the efforts of Woodmont Academy students.

In December, the children helped others through a variety of service projects, which included feeding the homeless, playing bingo with the elderly and visiting wounded soldiers.

Woodmont seventh-grade girls collected and delivered food and goodies to wounded servicemen and women at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The girls decorated boxes filled with the goods with colorful pictures and positive messages, lining them up to create a ‘‘holiday train.”

‘‘We met so many kind soldiers who really appreciated what we were doing for them,” said student Megan Arnold of Eldersburg. ‘‘One lady, named Sandi, had been fighting in the war when she was diagnosed with cancer. A man, Patrick, had to have his leg amputated, because of an injury he got while serving in Iraq. Some of the soldiers were really funny, and all of them were happy to have served their country. After going to Walter Reed, we really appreciate what they did for us and our country.”

Boys in grades five through eight from Woodmont’s Conquest Boys Club visited Vantage House Retirement Community in Columbia. Accompanied by teacher Mark Moran and Legion of Christ Brother Ugo Piasentin, the boys played bingo with a small group of residents and visited others in their rooms.

Woodmont third-graders finished their second annual read-a-thon and donated $1,500 to Catholic Relief Services for humanitarian aid to Indonesia.

Even Woodmont’s youngest students participated by preparing bag lunches and a fruit basket, was delivered to Howard County Grassroots Homeless Shelter.

For more information about Woodmont Academy, visit online.

Bringing holiday cheer to children

Members of the Mount Airy Detachment 770 of the Marine Corps League collected more than 4,000 toys and $1,100 in four days for their Toys For Tots campaign.

The group stood in front of Walmart collecting the gifts for children in need.

Members wish to thank all of the people who donated as well as the store. They send out a special thanks to Frank Illiano for storing the toys in his office until they could be delivered.

Members who participated included Clark Beall, Tony Borja, Chris Fay, Jerry Fay, Tommy Fay, Jack Hettchen, Al Jahnigen, Carroll Reed, Bob Rossi, Ed Smith, Jack Severn, Lou Stavely and Harry Wolfe.

The main attraction, however, were Buster and Gracie, Bob Rossi’s dogs that kept him company all four days, seven hours a day.

Residents wanted to serve Town

The Town of Mount Airy is looking for residents who would like to become more involved with their community.

Several commissions and boards are looking for new members.

A town press release announced that the Recycling and Sanitation Commission, the Beautification Commission, the Board of Parks and Recreation, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Elections are in need of members.

Interested residents are encourage to apply, according to the release.

Visit the town’s Web site⁄mtairy to learn more about what the groups due as well as how you can offer service.

Even if there is no current vacancy on a group you might be

interested in, the town would like to hear from you. Vacancies often come up given the number of commissions and it is very helpful to know who would be interested in serving when that happens, the release states.

E-mail Mayor Frank Johnson at and⁄or town hall at You can also send a letter to town hall at P.O. Box 50, Mt. Airy, MD, 21771.

Questions can be directed to Town Hall by calling 301-829-1424.

In your letter or e-mail, it helps if you outline the nature of your interest and whether you are primarily interested in certain commissions. Your background and reason for interest is always helpful in guiding Mount Airy officials’ decision as to how the town can offer you a worthwhile experience, and how your service can best benefit the town.

Send items for Mount Airy Moments to The Gazette, 218 S. Main Street, Mount Airy, Md., 21771, e-mail, call 301-831-0244 or FAX 301-829-9101. Items must be received by noon Fridays.