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Student lends artistic talents to school's fundraising effort

April 12, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - Hancock High School art teacher Elissa Twigg and senior Cecilia Fischer, an advanced art student, volunteered their time to create the playground fund goal sign in front of Hancock Elementary School.

The Hancock PTA is seeking $50,000 to replace the school's 30-year-old playground equipment. Kristen Robison, chairwoman of the fundraising effort, said more than $32,000 had been raised as of Monday.

The colorful sign/barometer on the school's front lawn might be a factor in the quest for funds.

Cecilia said painting the sign was her way to contribute to the effort, even if it is for a school she never attended.

"I worked on it for about two weeks," Cecilia said. "I enjoy art and have for a long time."

The barometer was installed in February with the help of Hancock's public works department and school volunteers Ken Furmage and Jim Robison.

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Cecilia said she was in the third grade at Flintstone Elementary School when she won an award for her art.

"They put my design on a T-shirt," she said.

Cecilia is the daughter of Ronald and Sharon Fischer. The family lives in Little Orleans, Md., which means a 15-minute commute each way for Cecilia to get to school.

When she isn't in class, Cecilia, 17, works at Pizza Hut in Hancock. In the fall, she plans to attend Allegany College of Maryland to pursue a career in nursing.

Methods of raising funds for the playground equipment have been diverse. Each month, the PTA sells brown bag lunches to area businesses.

There also is a corporate sponsorship program, inviting businesses to sponsor the playground at different levels. In return, the businesses' names will be listed on the entrance sign at the playground.

Other local businesses have chosen to buy an actual piece of playground equipment. A placard will be placed on each piece of equipment recognizing the donor's contribution, Kristen Robison said.

A spaghetti dinner is planned for next Thursday at the Park 'N Dine restaurant, with teachers working as servers. They also were servers in November at the first such event, which was a huge success, Robison said.

A community yard sale event to benefit the playground is being planned for May along with a student walk-a-thon.

All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Hancock Elementary School Playground Project, 290 W. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750.

For information on the project, call Kristen Robison at 301-678-7768 or the school at 301-766-8178.

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