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Class of 1934 hits its mark

May 04, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

When D. Earl Wolf Jr. came up with the idea of raising $25,000 to establish a scholarship endowment through the Hagerstown Community College Foundation in the name of the Hagerstown High School Class of 1934, many people thought it couldn't be done.

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"Most people said it was never going to fly," said Wolf.

Now, after 11 months of writing letters and making phone calls to solicit funds from alumni, family and friends, members of the class found they had exceeded their goal by raising $25,310.

Members of the Class of 1934 and other endowment donors were honored during a tea at HCC's Learning Resource Center Thursday afternoon.

Wolf presented college representatives with an oversized check during a recognition ceremony and told the audience the money was raised as a living memorial to members of the class that had died.

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"You can buy a plaque or plant a tree but in two or three years you don't know if it's still there," said Wolf, 83.

Money from the endowment provides scholarships to HCC students.

Without a foundation scholarship, recipient Linda King of Hagerstown said she might not have been able to go to college.

A single mother of a five-year-old son, King said the money has paid for her tuition, books and childcare.

"It's very much needed and I appreciate it very much," she said.

Hagerstown Community College spokeswoman Patti Friend said it was unusual for an entire class to provide money for a scholarship endowment.

"Not only the classmates contributed but (also) their children and grandchildren," she said.

Class Secretary Sarah E. Trammell and Wolf have been friends since first grade and when Wolf asked for her help with the fund drive she said she couldn't refuse.

"Earl is so determined I had to go along with him," she said.

Raising the money was not easy, Trammell said. Of the 304 members of the class, only 128 were living, so it took a lot of legwork to track down family members to make appeals for donations, she said.

All donations, no matter what size, were appreciated, she said.

"No matter what, every little bit helps," said Trammell.

Being recognized by the college for their contribution was touching, said Wolf.

"It's such a great honor. I am happy and so proud of the class," he said.

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