CLEAR SPRING - Four years ago, three students at Clear Spring Elementary School wrote letters to Gov. Parris Glendening urging him to approve money to renovate their school.
On Tuesday, those students, now middle school students, were on hand as Glendening announced that the funding has been approved for the planning stage this year and for renovations and additions next year at the 44-year-old school.
Gereme Leazier, Ashley Keeney and Jamie Teach proudly shook the governor's hand as he arrived Tuesday morning.
"I'm so pleased with the reception by all you folks in Clear Spring," Glendening said as he got a surprise greeting from several members of the Clear Spring High School band, who four years ago were part of his honor guard at his inauguration.
"I can feel the warmth and the pride that you people have in this school," Glendening said.
Glendening announced $4.6 million in school construction money would be available for Washington County for fiscal year 1999, which starts July 1. The Clear Spring Elementary School project is on that list, although the exact amount for that project was not available.