Supplies From St. Leonard

The St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department is sending a truckload of supplies to Mississippi this week to assist victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast.

Among the items being shipped are mops, buckets, detergents, toothbrushes and razors, said Sgt. Shannon Stockton.

Several of the department's firefighters recently returned from Mississippi, where they had worked as part of a task force of eight firefighters and five police officers from Calvert County assisting in Harrison County.

School Raises Thousands

The students and staff members at J.C. Parks Elementary School raised $3,789 to assist hurricane victims.

In addition to participating in a dollar drive at the school in September, many students donated some of their savings, school officials said. Students also set up a lemonade stand and donated the proceeds.

The money was given to the American Red Cross's Katrina Fund.

J.C. Parks students raised $397 for the purchase of school supplies, which were given to children in Harrison County.

The school supplies effort was a joint project of Parks, Dr. Samuel Mudd Elementary School and the Dentsville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Students packed 25 boxes with 740 pounds of school supplies.

-- WILLIAM WAN