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Cape Gazette SCHOOl. & EDUCATION :RIDAY, APRIL 6 - MONDAY, APRIL 9. 2012 111 Worcester Prep' Sierra Hall gives for life Sierra Hall, a fourth-grader at Worcester Preparatory School, led students and staff at the school in a program to help the American Heart Association. It's her friends and family took part -in the Sussex County American Heart Walk in Georgetown, raig- ing more than $9,000 for the American Heart Association. been a year since Sierra suffered She received .the Child Chair a collapse while playing lacrosse "Award for the 2012 Heart Wall, a and was saved because of car- trophy for first place for Sussex diopulmonary resuscitation ap- plied by a nurse on the field and emergency medical technicians in a helicopter, and an operation and a two-month stay at the A.I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington. After Sierra s release from the hospital, she hit the ground run- ning raising money for the American Heart Association• She lives a life free from medi- cines but cannot play contact sports like lacrosse again. What she can do, though - and what she has done - is spread her story and share hdr firsthandknowl- edge of the importance of know- ing what to do in an emergency. In October 2011, Sierra with County Top Fundraising Waller, one for Top Community Team, and had 259 people walk for her. She received a letter from Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn applauding her for taking such charge in raising awareness about congenital heart defects and the American Heart Association• Sferra-attended and set up her own booth at the Beebe Heart Health Fair to raise awareness, started a Mending Little Hearts chapter locally, organized two CPR classes for coaches, friends and family, and was instrumental in getting an automated external -defibrillator donated to the Beach Lacrosse team with help from the Matthew Stewart Krug Foundation. Beach Lacrosse was the team Sierra played for before her accident. Sierra raised an additional $2,000 for the American Heart Association through a Commu- nity CPR Day held at her parents' restaurant to give back to the community that rallied around her. Today Sierra is serving as a spokesperson for CPR and the heart association. She knows she can't play rigorous sports any- more, but she can live a happy, healthy life and work to help oth- ers with heart problems. Recently, Sierra presented a check for $600 to Stephanie Rhoads, senior director of the American Heart Association of Delaware. The donation from Sierra and the children of Worcester Prep is just part of her ongoing program of volun- teerism. Sierr is the daughter of Melanie and Shawn Hall of Millsboro. Apply by April 24 for Autism Delaware's summer day camp Applications are now avail- able for Autism Delaware's summer day camp at-the Chil- dren's Beach House in Lewes. Download an application at. The com- pleted forms must be received in the Autism Delaware office by Tuesday, April 24. This vear's program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday, Aug: 20 to 23. Specifically designed to ac- commodate children with autism spectrum disorders who will be in grades 3 to 11 in the next school year; the pro- gram offers structured sum- mer activities in a safe and supported environment. Activ- ities include swimming, sail- ing, navigating a rope course, and enjoying arts and crafts. "We support this program," said Theda Ellis, MBA, MEd, Autism Delaware's executive director, "because it has the potential to improve the lives of children with ASDs across the state. Our program pro- vides fun while our kids ex- plore a variety of activities in much-needed social situa- tions." "Our day camp helps in- crease self-confidence and im- prove peer and social interac- tions while encouraging the campers to try new things," said Dafne Carnright, MS, LPCMH, Autism Delaware's southern Delaware service co- ordinator. "Our goal is to help each child have a fun and successful summer camp experience by making new friends, exploring new interests and gaining in- dependence." Autism Delaware is a non- profit organization made up of individuals with ASDs, their family members, the profes- sionals who serve them and friends of people with ASDs.' Autism Delaware's programs and services, including sum- mer day camp, are supported through generous donations by individuals and corporations across Delaware. Statewide fundraising events like Walk for Autism April 21 and 22, also provide the in- come needed to make critical programs a reality. For more information go to SUBMITTED PHOTO SUPPORTED by Autism Delaware summer day camp team leader Marie Lambert, Reed Bellinger enjoys kayak- ing near the Children's Beach House in Lewes. DEL TECH STUDENTS CONN.ETE PO YSONNOGRAPNY PROGRAN SUBMITTED PHOTO THE CORPORATE and Community Programs division of Delaware Tech Owens Campus recently had several students complete a polysomnography certificate program, This session ran from November 2011 to January 2012. Pictured in back (I-r) are Amber Prettyman, Ashley Hoard and instructor Steve CoNey; (middle) Dawn Glasgow and Joan Economos. In front are Cyn- thia Alton, Klye Murphy and Sarah Murphy. Not pictured are Kristie Hurley and Robert Murphy. bou{ her}. D~t~wa~e LRtle But undred DoHa aa Worcester SUBMITTED PHOTO GATHERED TO CEEEBRATE Sierra Hall's leadershipin education and fundraisk~g for the American Heart Association are (I-r) Stephanie Rhoads, senior director of the American Heart Association of Delaware; Celeste Bunting, head of Worcester Prep's Lower School, and fourth-grader Hall, who led a program at the school to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Learn to plag guitar & Bass Fast. Eas & Fun] : • ' 1 Hour Lessons - ,2D Call 02- 82-9900 w .Le 17 26 Coastal tlnit C Ledges. DE . First With A Great Dr. Michael A. Poleck 1632 Savannah Rd., Suite 6 Lewes, DE