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Schools in the Spotlight

Bester Elementary School students, under the guidance of Library Media Specialist Diane Mentzer, recently provided drawings and writings to be placed on the bookplates of books being donated by Scholastic, Inc., to the Humanity Plaza project in New York City. Volunteers in New York City worked around the clock in Rockefeller Plaza, renamed Humanity Plaza during the week of September 26, 2005, building homes for families displaced by the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Scholastic donated 100 children's books, each featuring student drawings and writings, for each of those homes.
Bester students in grades 1-5 also wrote or drew a welcome home message on special stationary, starting with, "My wish for your new home is..." These letters will also be placed in the books and given to the families.
North Hagerstown High School will be hosting a cheer and dance competition for School, All Star College, and Recreation cheerleaders and dancers on Saturday, November 12. The competition will begin at 1:00PM. It is sponsored by Eastern Cheer and Dance Association.
The cheer competition offers 99 divisions which include a new "Let's Cheer" division for School and Recreation teams and 6 ability levels for All Star teams. The dance competition offers six different categories (Pom, Prop, Jazz, Funk/Hip-Hop, High Kick, and Lyrical) and four divisions in each competition category (College/Open, Senior, Junior, and Youth).
Pre-registration is necessary! All cheerleaders and dancers must have completed and signed Eastern Medical Waiver and Release of Liability Form in order to participate. For additional information and a free brochure, please contact ECDA at: P.O. Box 475, South Hill, Virginia, 23970; telephone: 800-940-4322, web:, E-mail:
Two Clear Spring High School student members of FFA (Future Farmers of America) recently received awards at the Eastern States Exposition, featuring competitive events that test classroom and work-based knowledge. Fifty-three Maryland students participated and fourteen placed in the regional events, which ranged from food to mechanics to horse evaluation. Clear Spring's Sondra Lavigne placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking and Paul Forsythe placed ninth in the Safe Tractor competition. The Exposition was broken down into Career Development Events.
Smithsburg Middle School's students and staff donated $2,431.60 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. Student Council members spearheaded a competition between grade levels and staff during the month of September. The 8th grade produced the largest contribution, with $942.69.
In addition, On Thursday, October 20, the 7th grade students and teachers walked 5 miles to raise donations for hurricane relief. Though the day was not ideal, students walked with enthusiasm as they completed three miles on the Smithsburg High School track and two more miles going to the Lions Club Park for a picnic lunch. The teachers and students give many thanks to all those in the community who donated and supported their students. They raised $4,715.12 for the Red Cross and Hurricane Relief.

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