Used children’s books get new home through Leo Club
Indian River High School students are helping people find good homes for used books again this year, as after a successful first year, the Leo Club at IRHS is once again collecting gently used children’s books for local kids. The public is being encouraged to get involved just by donating books, or even by suggesting new projects for the Leos.
“It can help us do more,” said Sarah King, president of the club, which is a service group sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club. “For the community to help, we can get more done.”
Elementary school-level books are preferred, including small chapter books for advanced readers. This year, the books will go to John M. Clayton Elementary School in Frankford, and the competition is on to see who can donate the most books. Within IRHS, the winning homeroom will get a special breakfast hosted by the Leo Club. The public can help their favorite students’ homeroom by sending books to school with them, or they can bring books directly to Indian River High School, in care of Laura Quillen.
Last year’s collection effort was so successful that more than a thousand books filled Quillen’s classroom before being delivered to Phillip C. Showell Elementary.
“We barely had room in her classroom last year,” said Leos Vice-President Eliza Bomhardt.
The Leo Club also “adopts” families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, does beach clean-ups, serves at Lions Club pancake and spaghetti fundraisers, and much more.
The book donation deadline is Thursday, Oct. 31. Learn more online at www.IRHSLeoClub.org.
“We would really appreciate your help!” said Treasurer Caroline Lingenfelter.
Families dress up for Selbyville Halloween Parade and Sight Night
It’s rare to see monsters, superheroes, princesses and more walking down the street together. But for the Selbyville Halloween Parade, it’s a time-honored tradition. One of the area’s last remaining Halloween parades is still going strong, scheduled this year for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in downtown Selbyville.
“It’s been going on since World War II, and it’s a tradition in the community,” said Bruce Schoonover, president of the Fenwick Island Lions Club, which helps organize the annual event held on the Wednesday before Halloween. “It attracts, by my estimate, four to five thousand. … It just brings out the best in the community.”
The Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville jointly sponsor the parade. After last year’s successful scaling-up of the event, the parade route has again been extended along much of Church Street, from Town Hall to Main Street.
“Sight Night” is also returning as the theme for the frightful night. Lions Clubs are known for their work with sight and vision, so the Indian River High School Leo Club, which is sponsored by the FILC, will collect gently used eyeglasses at the parade. The eyeglasses are donated to those in need in developing countries.
The Lions Club is encouraging people to donate their old glasses and consider the “Sight Night” theme when designing costumes.
Children and families can look forward to marching in the costume contest. Kids will meet in the parking lot of Salem United Methodist Church by 6 p.m. The best and most original costumes in each age group will receive first-, second- and third-place ribbons.
“This year, we’re going to have a family group, because we’ve discovered that not only do the children enjoy dressing up, but the parents do also,” said Schoonover.
High school bands will again keep the crowds moving, with performances by bands from Indian River, Sussex Central, Sussex Tech and Stephen Decatur.
Other hometown sights include majorettes, local sports teams, neighboring fire companies, pageant winners, local political representatives, scout troops, farm equipment and businesses.
People who enter floats in the parade are being encouraged to register beforehand, but they can sign up before 6 p.m. on the night of the parade at the corner of Dukes and Main streets, behind PNC Bank. The float designs are limited only by imagination and safety factors, with candy-throwing, motorized four-wheelers and ATVs not permitted, for safety reasons.
The Lions Club sells hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot and cold drinks in the PNC Bank parking lot during the event. Other groups and vendors will offer food and other items for sale.
The Lions will also again offer their 50/50 drawing, with the winner getting 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of tickets. According to the Lions, last year’s winner took home $2,300.
Handicapped-accessible parking will be available in the town parking lot behind the Georgia House restaurant on Main Street.
For more information, visit the Town of Selbyville website at www.townofselbyville.com, contact Lion Fran Pretty at (302) 436-1773 or Debbie McCabe at Selbyville Town Hall at (302) 436-8314.
“For me, it’s a throwback to 30 or 40 years ago in small-town Americana. It’s just a very special thing,” said Schoonover. “We’ve just had a lot of fun having it.”
Fill up at annual spaghetti dinner Nov. 2
The noodles will pour and the marinara will flow at the Fenwick Island Lions Club’s annual spaghetti dinner, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2. Hosted at the Fenwick Crab House, the all-you-can-eat dinner is one of the Lions’ biggest fundraisers each year.
“It’s marvelous. What makes this particularly special is all the businesses and merchants in the area donate money or supplies to this, so our out-of-pocket expense is fairly low,” said Bruce Schoonover, FILC president. “Last year, we gave $11,000 in scholarships to Indian River High School seniors.”
The spaghetti comes with marinara sauce, meatballs and/or sausage, salad, bread and drinks. Homemade desserts are made special by club members and their spouses.
People can drop in to eat from 2 to 7 p.m.
“Absolutely everybody raves about this. All the materials are fresh,” Schoonover said.
Tickets will be available at the door, or ahead of time by calling Sam at (302) 436-8216. Tickets cost $9 in advance for adults or $10 at the door, or $5 for children ages 6 to 12; and children ages 5 or younger can eat free of charge.