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Students wow hospital volunteers

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 12, 2000

Perkins Elementary Center for the Arts and International Studies entertained at an All Children's Hospital Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on April 1, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort's Sunset Ballroom -- and what a special occasion it was! The 50-some children gave rapt attention to the songs sung, and their discipline in following the directions of director Elizabeth McGilvrey and accompanist Sharon Greco was outstanding, producing a very spirited concert. I loved their pure voices, expressive hand motions and we, the audience, enjoyed clapping to the enthusiastic beat of the drums. Perkins Elementary is surely one fine example of our hard-working public schools in action.

The luncheon theme was: Volunteering, an American Tradition -- a salute to the volunteers from the early years of 1967 to the present. It included recognizing two outstanding teen volunteers, Christopher McMichael and Kali Stern, who were honored with the Frances Shoemaker Award.

What a special treat for us volunteers to receive gift certificates as door prizes from our city's generous merchants. Thanks go to them!

Volunteers of the hospital, this writer being one, thank the staff -- Roy Adams, Jeanne Stevens and Linda Carrington -- for the detailed planning for this happy, joy-filled event. Again, thanks for All Children's Hospital.

What a sparkling jewel we have in our city!
-- Eleanor M. Speakman, St. Petersburg

Night parade was enjoyable

Re: Second Time Arounders

I enjoyed the night parade last Tuesday and especially the bands. What a great idea for this band to continue playing the music they have in common and make it available for all to enjoy. Congratulations on the trip to Ireland. Wish I could be there, too.
-- Margaret Braziel, St. Petersburg

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