Timonium: Calvert Hall sets the table for annual Thanksgiving food drive

Calvert Hall College High School held its annual Thanksgiving food drive from Nov. 14 to Nov. 22. The theme of this year's drive was "A Place at the Table."

This year, students challenged each other in a friendly grade-level competition of who could collect the most food items for our community. Four transportable storage units, donated by ABF U-Pack Moving, were prominently placed in the school's plaza, and students filled units.

After weighing the storage containers, the winning grade will be determined by the heaviest storage unit.

The results were not available before our press deadline, but last year, Calvert Hall gathered nearly 18,000 non-perishable food items for needy families and individuals in the Baltimore area.

Baltimore-area agencies benefiting from Calvert Hall's efforts include St. Vincent de Paul programs — Beans and Bread, St. Ambrose and Sarah's Hope.

Also on the list of agencies aided through donations are the Women's Housing Coalition and Catholic Charities' Our Daily Bread. Catholic Charity programs that also benefit include My Sister's Place and St. Christopher's Academy.

Anna Thrush, a fifth-grader at Hampton Elementary School, was honored as November Student of the Month by the Timonium Optimist Club at the organization's recent dinner meeting.

Anna is a good student, serves as vice-president of the student council, is an active Girl Scout, and plays the piano and baritone.

On the athletic side, she plays lacrosse, field hockey and swims for the Hampton Swim Team and the Goucher Swim Club. She loves to ski in the winter.

Anna is a member of the Church of Good Shepherd in Ruxton. Her family was proud that she donated all of her ninth birthday money to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She hopes to attend Notre Dame Preparatory School and eventually create a disability program for children.

Anna was accompanied to the dinner by her sister, Gracie, a third grader at Hampton, as well as her parents, Nancy and Bill Thrush, her grandmother and her great-grandmother, Rosalie Powers — 102 years young. Four generations in all celebrated her accomplishments.

Congratulations, Anna!

Members of Boy Scout Troop 328 made especially good use of their meeting time in October.

During one of the weekly sessions, the troop had a guest speaker, Erin Peisach, a nutritionist from the new Shop Rite Grocery Store.

She discussed proper nutrition, the various food groups and what makes up a healthy diet. She ended by showing the Scouts some good exercises for stretching their muscles.

Members also spent a week on a service project, Operation Welcome Home. The Scouts spent a meeting writing thank you notes to service men and women.

The project gave the Scouts a chance to reflect on the sacrifices that the members of our armed forces make for our country. These notes will go in the goody bags our soldiers receive from Operation Welcome Home when they fly into BWI on their return from duty overseas.

The bags also contain water and snacks, as many soldiers have to wait for connecting flights, and the thank you notes make the gesture more personal. Well done, Scouts.

Local Optimist Clubs will host their annual Shop With A Cop event Dec. 10 at the Cockeysville Wal-Mart.

More than 100 under children from all parts of Baltimore County will be treated to a $100 holiday shopping spree and breakfast. Each child has been selected by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services and PAL Centers. After shopping they will be treated to breakfast at the Hunt Valley Outback Restaurant.

This annual event is co-sponsored by the Cockeysville, Greater Jacksonville, Hereford, Timonium and Towson University Optimist Clubs along with the Baltimore County Police Department. Volunteers from Dulaney High School's band will entertain the shoppers, and the gift wrapping will be provided by the Zeta Tau Phi fraternity.

Each child is paired with a Baltimore County Police officer at 7:45 a.m.

The public is invited to come and greet the officers and children. In addition, donations to help the program may be made to the Timonium Optimist Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 262, Timonium, MD 21294.

Have a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving!

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