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Keedysville girl steps up for CASA

December 28, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

BOONSBORO -- Ten-year-old Madeline Clingan goes down the list of her favorite things: playing soccer, reading, writing and math.

"Daddy wants me to play football," the Keedysville youth says.

"She can throw a really good spiral," said Madeline's mother, Diane Clingan.

She also has a big heart.

For Christmas, Diane Clingan said her family usually adopts a family being assisted by Citizens Assisting to Shelter the Abused (CASA). By adopting a family, the Clingans are told what items a family could use during the holidays.

Madeline took it a step further this year.

Madeline talked with CASA officials over the summer about what they needed and the decision was made that Madeline could set up a donation drive at her school -- Boonsboro Elementary -- to collect items for CASA.

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The fifth-grade student did a PowerPoint presentation with the school principal as part of her idea, her mother said.

From Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, Madeline collected 13 boxes and bags worth of items, including games, toys, stuffed animals, bedding, silverware and food. Four Christmas trees, coffee makers and a microwave also were collected.

"There was just stuff piled up," Madeline said during a recent interview at Boonsboro.

Madeline and her mother took the items to CASA's office at 116 W. Baltimore St. on Dec. 17.

Madeline enjoys soccer and plays in the American Youth Soccer Organization. She also enjoys writing. Diane Clingan said her daughter was an amazing kid to watch as she crafted long, detailed sentences beginning in first grade.

Wearing peace sign earrings and a blue beaded necklace, Madeline talked about her other interests like art.

Diane Clingan's husband is Adam. They have a second daughter, Emily, who is 7.

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