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Salem’s Children Trust Banquet set for next week

September 12th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The children living at Salem’s Children Trust have been busy working on several projects for the rapidly approaching Outspokin’ Banquet. The event, which will be held at the Bittinger Mennonite Church on September 23 at 5:00 pm is promoting the theme, Salem’s Kids: Worthy of Our Investment. All proceeds from the banquet which includes dinner, silent auction and an entertaining and informative program will be used to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the children living at Salem. To obtain tickets or for more information, contact Salem at 301-689-8176 or email


The evening’s program will speak to the investment in family, Christian principles and resources. Within the program, several videos will be shown of current and previous residents being interviewed regarding their experiences at Salem. Carolyn Harriger, chairman of this years banquet said, “The videos are quite moving. Seeing them really brought home to me the concept of Salem as home and family to these kids.” Several staff members will also make comments about their experiences working at Salem.


In addition to preparing videos, the children have been using their art class time to make crafts for the silent auction. This year students were asked to design a wall plaque from wood pallets. Under the direction of Amy Broadwater, Salem School art teacher,  students hand lettered an inspirational quote and then embellished their sign with paintings.


For the third year in a row, several of the children will be donating a quilt for the silent auction which they have created while participating in after school sewing lessons with volunteer Ruth Beckman from Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Teaching Parent, Twila McClintock. These ladies lead weekly sewing lessons on campus as an enrichment exercise for the children, teaching them both a hobby and skill. The quilt donated this year by the sewing group is queen sized and designed with tan and green fabrics. Each year the quilt has been one of the most popular silent auction items.

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