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Old Forge fifth-grader uses her birthday party to raise funds for friends

March 13, 2007|by JANET HEIM

Randi Leydig knows how to throw a party. For her, the fun is in the planning and the idea of getting her friends together.

For the second year in a row, Randi has passed on gifts for herself, asking guests to donate to a good cause. Last year $435 was raised for Old Forge Elementary School's PTA, where Randi is a fifth-grader.

This year, $1,092 was split between the families of two Old Forge students for medical bills. One of the students was in a car accident with her mother and two sisters; the other was a fellow fifth-grader who had third-degree burns on his legs.

Forty-three classmates and their families attended.

"There are people out there that care for other people. I can't say thank you enough," said Melissa Davis, Robert Davis's mother.

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"I think it's awesome. Randi's just one of those special kids. She's a great girl," said Audrey Partlow, Sami Partlow's mother.

The Smithsburg Fire Co. donated the use of their facility for the karaoke/dance party held on Feb. 2. Numerous businesses donated decorations and items to be used for raffles and game prizes.

For her good works, Randi was selected as a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship offered by Dr. Benjamin Carson of Johns Hopkins. She had been nominated last year by her fourth-grade teacher.

As a Carson scholar, she was eligible to reapply this year, but has not yet heard the outcome of her application.

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