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Free school supplies offered at Endless Summer Fest

August 16, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO -- Samantha Moschel happily loaded up with school supplies for her children Sunday afternoon at St. Mark's Episcopal Church's first Endless Summer Festival.

"My children aren't in school yet, but they use these supplies at home," she said.

Tiffany Moschel was also at the church with her 2-year-old daughter, Abigail, who is in day care.

"She also likes to doodle at home," the young mother said.

Emily Moschel, 13, a student at Williamsport High School, was quite serious about picking out a blue backpack to match her school colors and filling it with supplies.

"I got a lot of what I'll need," she said. "But we don't get our official list until the first day of school."

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The Rev. Anne Weatherholt said the free school supplies component of the festival was the congregation's way of sharing its joy on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the church on Lappans Road.

"We're throwing ourselves a party and inviting the community," Weatherholt said. "We love being in South County."

A breakfast/brunch was served before and after morning worship services Sunday.

Weatherholt sang with her sons, Daniel and Stephen, at the 9 a.m. service.

Stephen Weatherholt was visiting for the day to teach some new contemporary hymns and play his guitar. He also performed some original music as part of the live acoustic and carillon music on the lawn during the afternoon.

Throughout the day, there were games, an inflatable bounce and displays, as well as visiting in the cool quiet of the parish hall.

Parents and grandparents took advantage of the free school supplies, which included folders, markers, crayons, colored pencils, notebooks and book bags in a variety of colors.

"We used outreach funds and ordered the supplies online. They were delivered right to us," Anne Weatherholt said.

Whatever is left over will be divided between kids in need at Rockland Woods, Fountain Rock and Boonsboro elementary schools.

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