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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 26 - Monday, January 29, 2007 - 109 II ..J s .. . J ,L &amp; EDUCATION Music, dancing, money for new Cape foundation Music, dancing, a silent auction and the debut of all. Cape Henlopen staff band Hindsight 20/20 fill the night during a benefit Friday, Jan. 19, at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach for the new Cape Henlopen Education Foundation. According to organizers more than $12,000 was raised. Funds will be used for scholarships for Cape Henlopen graduates who want to teach, mini- grants for teachers, support for performing arts and extracurricular activities, and early childhood educa- tion initiatives. Other bands taking part included The Funsters, Comfort Zone, and Melting Pot. At left, Rick and Jean Coherd, an elementary read- ing specialist, show how it's done on the dance floor. Ron MacArthur photos The debut of Hindsight 20/20 brings rave reviews. The band, comprised of Cape Henlopen District staff, is (l-r) Mike Kelley, supervisor of instructional support; Brian Curtis, Mariner Middle School principal; Don Schlater, innovations/technology teacher at Beacon Middle School; and Mark Sudimak, supervisor of transportation. Not shown are George Stone, superintendent, drums; and Barry EH, high school music and band director, keyboards. At right, Mike Dominquez, a physi- cal education teacher at Mariner Middle School, plays trumpet in the Comfort Zone band during the bene- fit on Friday night. At left, Gail Mack draws a winning ticket for a door prize. Mack, along with Joanne Reihm, George Stone, and Greg Mack, chaired the commit- tee putting on the first benefit for the new Cape Henlopen Education Foundation. At far left, George Stone, superin- tendent of the Cape Henlopen School District, gets behind the drums as part of the Hindsight 20/20 Band. There were no takers on a bid for his headband. Tune to.. obese No Name-Calling Week The month of January includes refleetion-on-the4dea-of peaceful< - living as advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We celebrate his legacy with speeches, parades and thoughtful readings. At the end of January is a new initiative, No Name-Calling Week. This is an annual week of activities that are held in schools to help students focus on ways to eliminate bully- ing and start an ongoing dialogue about peace. No Name-Calling Week origi- nated from a young-adult novel, "The Misfits," by James Howe. In the book, a group of seventh- graders is constantly harassed by name-calling that refers to their weight, height, intelligence, sexu- SCHOOL JOURNAL they eventually turn around the students' common practice of a! orientati0n and gender expres- damaging and demoralizing taunt- .sion. Theestudents:band together, ing. i-.. !". "-.:- " and create a "Gang of Five" which runs in a school election. Their platform is based on eliminating name-calling of any kind within the school. The principal becomes a champion for their cause, and Seeking to provide educators with the tools they need to launch their own No Name-Calling Week, a coalition created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing and consist- - ing of over 40 national parmer ---organizationsorganized an actual- No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation during the week of March 1-5, 2004. This year, No Name-Calling Week will take place the week of January 22-26, 2007. The project ,seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools. There are tools to provide students and educators with the inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communi- ties. Materials are available" on the website www.nonameca!ling- to help organize this week. There is a kit for purchase. It includes: i.]. i.. :-A 27-niinute VHS educational video, No Name-Calling: Creating Safe Environments A comprehensive resource guide with program information, 11 lesson plans, resource lists, suggested strategies for eliminat- ing name-calling, and other cur- There are many statistics that ricular material ........ paint a.terrible picture of_whati t is A copy of "The Misfits," a like to be the victim of bullying,: novel by James Howe ...... Students have told me that bully: Two No Name-Calling Week posters 'Two packs of No Name- Calling Week stickers (60 total) There are also some lesson plans on the website that will help participants get started. Here are a few suggestions for teachers. Create a name lesson in which the students are .asked to form small groups and discuss the origins of their names. They are encouraged to share stories about their.names and then asked how it ing.changes the way .they view themselves and others.  tf allowed to go unchecked in schools, it can lead to many unwanted conse- quences. Students, parents and coun- selors should be part of the plan to make this effort successful. The school's guidance staff has expe- rience and expertise in dealing with bullying and its effects, so this is a .good place to start. Counselors can plan an informa- tional session for parents and faro- felt when .someone called them a ily members or help by training wrong name or misprpnotmed a "_ .support. staff on proactive-inter- name:.  They cfeate ?.a?T-.h! i.-:-entio.n  methodsl-_ i ' :i I r w 'P" " "  which they, eom? tip: Wi .s:'.. :.; _;.i. ":.:i !ii:,:., ::. !:. i  . ..' .  .... _ .i that are either a put-up or put- down and discuss how that feels. Additionally, teachers can commit to read about ways to support stu- dents who are experiencing bully-- ing and intervene proactively. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and teaqcher in the Cape Henlopen School District. Previous columns can be reviewed at her website cfianeal-