Delmar Events
Thursday, May 24th, 2001
Students hug, break world record

By Michael Sullivan

Hate is ugly. Nothing good ever comes of it; that is until someone recognizes the threat and does something to try to eliminate it, as the students and staff of Delmar Junior/Senior High School did last week. Parents, faculty, staff and students gathered under cloudy skies in an effort to "Hug Away the Hate" and set a Guinness record for the world's largest group hug. It was an effort to promote a positive school atmosphere, masterminded by three eighth-grade students, Matt McElroy, Brian Green and Kennedy Keenan, and their English teacher, Juley Harper. The idea came to the students around the time when violence was erupting in schools across the nation. During English class, the trio noticed a record in the latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest hug, and thought that the students of Delmar could easily break it. "The news reports made it look like every school was filled with crazed students," McElroy said. "We felt that the world's largest hug would show unity and togetherness, and reflect that most students across the nation are working hard to better their reputations and abolish senseless acts of violence." Hug Away The Hate was held on Friday, May 18, on the new football field at DHS. The previous record for the world's largest hug was 899 people. Delmar topped that by more than 300 with a final tally of 1243 participants. The new record will appear in the 2002 edition of the Guinness Book. Harper is Delaware's Teacher of the Year. She used her own money to purchase shirts commemorating the occasion - over 1,000 of them at a cost of $4,000. "I wanted the students to have their shirts to wear on the day of the hug so we would look nice out there assembled on the field," Harper said. "Besides, I'll eventually be paid back for them as the donations continue to come in." To make a donation to help defray the cost of the shirts, contact the DHS office at (302) 846-9544.

Lions Club selling throw
The Delmar Lions Club is selling the Yesterdays of Delmar throw as a fund raiser for the visually impaired. The cost is still $40, the same price as when the Delmar Lioness sold them, and they come in two combinations, blue and cream or cranberry and cream. Contact Dee McDonnell, 846-2786, to place an order.

VFW in search of crocheters
The Delmar VFW Post 8278 Ladies Auxiliary is looking for people who like to crochet to help make lap robes for the veterans in nursing homes. If you like to crochet, contact Nancy Schumacher at 410-896-2958. Town-wide yard sale set

Town-wide yard sale set
The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a town-wide yard sale Saturday, June 2, in connection with the 25th annual Day in the Park Festival. Residents in Delmar wishing to hold their yard sale on this date may contact the Chamber of Commerce so that the sale can be included in the advertising. The yard sale address will be listed for free. Call the Chamber office at (302) 846-3336 or e-mail

Student honored by college
The 21st annual student awards banquet took place Wednesday, May 2, at Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. Outstanding student awards were presented to one student in each program. Among them was Michael W. Schafer, Delmar, Md., who received the Bernard Luterancik Engineering Award.