Those who attend the annual Ravens Roost #119 breakfast with Santa, aren't necessarily Cecil's less fortunate.
Sometimes children and their families are selected to attend because they've had a bad year.
That was how Calvert Elementary School guidance counselor Diane Little explained the selection process for the annual event, held recently at American Legion Post 194. The way it works, is that staff from Calvert, Conowingo, and Rising Sun elementary schools all recommend students who they think should attend.
by Lisa Tome
Tammy Little was grateful for a little Christmas break on Saturday morning.
Little, who is raising three of her granddaughters, ages 10, 9, and 5 was back for a second year at the annual Ravens Roost #119 breakfast, held Saturday morning at American Legion Post 194, Rising Sun.
This fifth annual event has deserving children and their families from Rising Sun, Calvert, and Conowingo elementary schools turning out for fun.
by Lisa Tome
When it came to helping children in need for the holidays, Ravens Roost #119 didn't turn anyone away.
When it came to those wanting to help with the event, roost president Terry Craig had no choice but to turn down offers of assistance.
Craig explained that the roost requested the names of 15 children in need from each of three area elementary schools - Rising Sun, Calvert, and Conowingo. The schools submitted a few extra names and the roost was glad to help.
Rising Sun Middle School students who can't afford a gym uniform, school supplies, or field trip costs, received a boost from some local football fans last week.
Ravens Roost #119 donated $300 to the school's student fund.
Ravens Roost #119 treasurer Jimmy Gibney said that the money was raised through some of the roost events including a golf tournament, crab feast raffle, yard sale, and dance. The roost also funds a pair of scholarships at Rising Sun High every year and also pays for a Christmas party and gifts for children in need.
RSMS Principal Rick Edwards said the school is grateful for the donation. He explained when there is a need, the student funds help the school provide assistance.