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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 3 - February 9, 1995 School & Education Students tackle community issues at Lewes Middle School By Kristen Seal Research and extra credit are being given a new name under Lewes Middle School's first annu- al High Bar project. The High Bar project allows students to earn extra points on their final grades through conducting hands-on, long term research and producing knowledge that is intended to challenge and affect the students personally. Seventh grade students working under English teacher George Spalaris have been collecting data from the community on local issues through surveys. On Fri- day, Jan. 27, the students present- ed their findings and will now begin developing solutions to the issues addressed. Each teacher from each grade at LMS offers a project to the stu- dents on a volunteer basis, and the students then choose which High Bar subject or subjects they would like to pursue. Spalaris' High Bar project con- sists of the students' monitoring of local newspapers, radio and televi- sion in order to select a topic rele- vant to the community and worthy of research and attention. Upon identifying a topic, the student then must survey the com- munity to retrieve opinion. Third- ly, the student must present the findings of the survey, and then present a solution to the specific problem or issue. Issues chosen for research by the seventh graders are: crime, violence, recycling, teen suicide, the need for new lights at Rts. 1 and 24, the rising number of tourists in the area and the development of new outlet malls. "We are going beyond the realm of just academics - I didn't want the kids to just write essays or do worksheets," said Spalaris. "I wanted them to write and research something real and get a response to their writings. I suggested ongoing research, local media coverage and no solution evident prior to the surveys," said Spalaris. Upon reaching a pro- posed solution to the issues sur- veyed, the students will publicize their findings through the media in hopes of receiving public, input and responses. "We asked the teachers to put a challenge out to the kids voluntar- ily and the goal is for the kids to take up the challenge, not neces- sarily to improve their GPAs. This program is made to go beyond extra credit," said LMS Principal Gary Wray. On the topic of crime and vio- lence, students John Collins, Zac Palmer, Amanda Messick, Cole Pavlick and Lakia Marshall dis- covered an overwhelming desire for the implementation of a Neigh- borhood Watch program to pre- vent local crime. The surveys reflected the community's need for people to work together, and those surveyed were most con- cerned with handguns. The idea of adult censorship of violent tele- vision shows was suggested as well. Meredith Marshall, Julie Bisca- yart, Jen Forte and Jen Gauntt addressed recycling and found that a majority of those surveyed were opposed to being responsible for paying for recycling pick up. A school recycling center where stu- dents collect items to be recycled and use the money to better the school was suggested by a local resident. Danielle Guerin distributed 27 surveys on the safety of the inter- section at Rts. I and 24. Out of those questioned, 21 believed the intersection was safe and six were opposed to the arrangement of the traffic lights there. The belief that the traffic lights at the intersection change too quickly was addressed due to the recent school bus accident at the intersection where a car illegally sped through the light several weeks ago. Public response concerning the construction of new outlets malls in the area revealed that the major- Krtsten Seal photo The High Bar Project is well underway at Lewes Middle SchooL Seventh graders Jen Gauntt and Jen Forte (1 to r) are participating in English teacher George Spalaris' Community Challenge, surveying community residents on local news top- itS. ity of those surveyed believe that the outlets are acceptable if they are erected on commercial land as opposed to agricultural land. Kay- la Ulrich found that issues of the possibility of undercutting local businesses, traffic increases and the killing of wildlife were promi- nent. The seventh graders are now entering the final stage of their high bar community surveying. The students are now responsible for developing solutions to the local issues they have chosen in light of the community response to the distributed surveys. The proposed solutions will be publicized through the local media and community participation is essential to the growth of the stu- dents' projects. READaTHON kicks off in Cape schools The time has come to sign up for the 1995 READaTHON Reading Program. The 1995 REA- DaTHON, conducted by the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is underway with assemblies taking place in more than 60 Delaware schools. READaTHON kits, or registration materials, are also available at public libraries throughout the state. A child registered in the REA- DaTHON enlists sponsors who pledge money for each book or newspaper the child reads during a one month period. The funds raised through the READaTHON support vital research programs into the cause and cure of MS and provide medical equipment, sup- port groups, nursing assistance and other services to nearly 900 Delawareans who have multiple sclerosis and to their families. All READaTHON completers will receive coupons for Delaware attractions and food establish- ments; those raising $30 or more will receive prizes. The grand prize for the top fund raiser is a trip to Disney World made possi- ble through donations from Conti- nental Airline, WJBR-FM and Walt Disney World. The national Cape District 5lenus Krien Seal photo Miss Delaware, Tish Pusey, spoke to Lewes Middle School third graders and afternoon kindergarten students on Wednesday, Jan. 25 about the benefits of joining the 1995 READaTHON sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Pusey herself was diag- nosed with MS several years ago and spoke to the students about not only bettering themselves but helping others by entering in the reading pregram- sponsor of the READaTHON is Tiger Electronics and 2-XL, the talking robot. Mellon Bank of Delaware continues as the present- ing sponsor of Delaware's REA- DaTHON. Children raising $500 or more will appear on the cover of next year's READaTHON kit with a player from the Philadelphia 76ers - the READaTHON's "Super Team". Those raising $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to ride to a 76ers game in a limousine and make a presentation to the team on the floor of the Spectrum before the game. Children raising $1,500 or more will be pho- tographed with Rocky Bluewinkle for the cover of the 1996 REA- DaTHON kit, and will throw out the first ball at READaTHON Night at the Blue Rocks, June 27. The Wilmington Blue Rocks have joined the 1995 READaTHON as it's Diamond Team. Stutzman receives agriculture scholarship Jason Stutzman, a student at Delaware Tech Southern Campus, Georgetown, is the recipient of the 1994 BASF Growth Is a Promise Scholarship" in the amount of $1,000. The award was presented to Stutzman, of Denton, Md., by Allison Derickson, human resource repre- sentative of Townsends, Inc., Millsboro, in conjunction with BASF Cor- poration of Parsippany, N.J. Townsends purchases poultry vitamins and feed preservatives from BASF and works jointly with the company in providing this scholarship to outstanding students who major in agricul- ture and are recognized for outstanding achievement and commitment to the growth and development of animals or poultry. Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict menus for the week of Feb. 6-10 include: Elementary and Middle Schools Monday, Feb. 6 - Breakfast: cereal and toast; lunch: chicken nuggets, potato surprise, broccoli, peaches, juice. Tuesday, Feb, 7 - Breakfast: waffles or cereal and toast, fresh fruit or juice; lunch: taco with meat and cheese, lettuce and tomato, corn, chilled fruit or juice. Wednesday, Feb. 8 - Breakfast: omelette with toast, cereal and toast; lunch: breaded chicken, steamed rice, green veggie, chilled peaches or juice. Thursday, Feb. 9 - Breakfast: pancakes or cereal and toast; lunch: pizza, fruit salad, green beans, diced pears or juice. Friday, Feb. 10 - Breakfast: cereal and toast; lunch: melted cheese sandwich, cup of tomato soup, celery and carrot sticks, fresh or canned fruit, chips. Cape Henlopen High School Breakfast menu posted daily Monday, Feb. 6 - Chicken nuggets, sliced bread, potato sur- prise, broccoli, sliced peaches or juice. Tuesday, Feb. 7 - meat taco with tomato, lettuce and cheese, corn, chilled fruit or juice. Wednesday, Feb. 8 - cheeses- teak, sliced tomato and lettuce, veggie, chilled canned or fresh fruit. Thursday, Feb. 9 - cheese or pepperoni pizza, carrot and celery sticks, green beans, pear half. Friday, Feb. 10 - toasted cheese sandwich, tomato soup, chilled fruit cup, fresh fruit or juice, chips.