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Calendar Tea raises funds for scholarship

January 21, 2002

Calendar Tea raises funds for scholarship



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Enthusiastic students with a dream for higher education are waiting eagerly to join the 45 young people who have already received college financial assistance from the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee over the past 16 years.

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And after Sunday afternoon's Calendar Tea fund-raiser, organizer Ruth Monroe said she was pleased with the turnout and the money raised.

The timing for the Sunday event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center at 109 W. North Ave. was no accident. Today is the official observance of King's birthday around the nation.

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"This is our main fund-raiser of the year," Monroe said. Last year, the committee was able to award six minority young people scholarships ranging from $400 to $500 each.

Two additional scholarships - one sponsored by Hagerstown Trust Co. and the other by Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Wash. - are also given out each year by the Martin Luther King committee, Monroe said.

Applications for the scholarships will be accepted starting in March, Monroe said.

"It's important to remember not only the meaning of this day but also this fund," said June Wright, chairman of the Northwest Central Committee. "We're all here to support this scholarship fund."

James and Joan Kay live in Hagerstown but are originally from New York.

"This is our first time attending this event," Joan Kay said. "We met some truly wonderful people here."

James Kay agreed and added that raising money for scholarships is a noble cause. "You can't go wrong with education," he said.

Carolyn Moore, principal at Williamsport Elementary School, said she never misses the scholarship fund-raiser.

"It's important for me to support this community," Moore said. "As an educator, I love seeing children grow up and get along on their way in life," in education and jobs.

Also a longtime educator, Annette Conyers urged everyone who attended the event Sunday to continue to support education and the scholarship fund.

Youngsters Barbara Rodriguez and Shantale Perrain read essays they wrote. Barbara spoke of her sadness that if Martin Luther King were alive today and could see the crime in the streets of her community.

"I know Martin Luther King had a dream like mine but he would drop down and cry if he was in Hagerstown," said Shantale.

Stephen Del Sordo of the Heritage Resource Group of Cambridge, Md., introduced himself as the newly-hired African American Heritage surveyor who will be soon working with a local committee to interview residents and catalog buildings in African-American neighborhoods.

The meal was served by Americorps volunteers.

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