Interchange – Spring 2008 – Little Falls

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In November, George and Tracey Waite organized a Vietnamese dinner at Little Falls to benefit Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that supports and provides medical services, equipment and treatment for children with facial deformities. A number of members of the medical professional described their experiences working with children in Vietnam and expressed concern about the continuing need for these services that exists in that country.

Little Falls will once again host the summer learning programs that are sponsored by Harford Friends School. Programs will be available for children ages 4 – 14 years. Subjects to be presented include Ornithology for Everyone; Beyond Recycling; A Journey Through the Middle Ages; Creative Theater; Fun with Spanish and more. For additional information visit the HFS web site at http://www.harfordfriends.org.

Emma Remsberg and Hannah Stambaugh attended an event at the Ghana Embassy in Washington, D.C. and had the opportunity to meet Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei. Drs. John Sampson and Ben Carson spoke about the need for medical relief in Africa. As a result of this experience, the children’s First-Day class is planning a fund-raising project to support this cause.

Friends are saddened by the loss of Judy Harlan who passed away in January. Judy was a vital part of the Meeting community having served in many capacities at Little Falls including First-day teacher and member of numerous committees. She was an active participant and advocate for the work of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

Judy drew upon her educational background to host field trips at Belvedere Farm that provided farm experiences for preschool children. Nearly 50,000 students, teachers and parents visited the farm over the course of 14 years. She was instrumental in expanding the farm operation by growing field cut flowers that she sold to individuals, designers and florists for the Baltimore and Washington markets. Judy exemplified the Quaker tenets of simplicity, integrity and respect in all her endeavors. We will miss her presence at Little Falls.

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