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32 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 10 - April 16, 1998 Leo Club clowns around at Milton Middle School By Rosanne Pack It might look like just clowning around, but the fun and games at a recent Milton Middle School Leo Club meeting had a serious side under the silly makeup and slap- stick jokes. Sandy Dole, a member of Clowns of America International and the World Clown Associa- tion, recently brought her bag of tricks and wealth of knowledge of clowning to the youngsters for a constructive reason. She under- stands that young people like to help out and, from her own expe- rience, she knows that putting on a happy face goes a long way to- ward making vohinteering more fun. Dole clowns for many occa- sions, and she wanted to share ideas for using clowning to help others, whether as a guide at a fes- tival or as company for a shut-in. She visited the Lees at the request of Dr. Michael Mock, middle school principal and current presi- dent of the Milton Lions Club. Mock said that members of the Leo Club frequently volunteer for community events, and he feels that many of them will enjoy adding a clowning aspect to their volunteer activities. He said the different personalities that a clown can assume gives young people an opportunity to explore being a little silly and outrageous while still providing a service to others. "These kids want to help out, and a little basic clown makeup and some props can make their ef- forts even more fun," Mock said. "Lions want to help young Lees develop a nice personality and find something good in each kid. The philosophy of clowning is right in line with that." Meeting with the Lees, Dole made a point of telling them that clowns are funny and silly, but Rosanne Pack photos Teaching some clowning techniques to the Leo Club at Milton Middle School, Sandy Dole tries to make change for a large bill. never mean. She said they may poke fun at another clown or at themselves, but they exist to make people laugh and feel good. Dole can assume different clown per- snnalities, depending on her audi- ence. She is Ding-A-Ling for some occasions, but when a clown nurse is required, she becomes Penny Cyllin. 'The social message is the most important part of clowning," she said. "I want young people to know that there are rules for clowning, rules for doing clown makeup." As she told the students some of the history of clowning and of dif- ferent styles, she handed out red dots that everyone applied to a nose or cheek, and she introduced them to a joke-covered funny bone. When she asked if anyone had change for a big bill, everyone was prepared for the notebook- sized funny money. Dole said that she has already received a call from one Leo par- When it comes to jokes, Sandy Dole goes right for the funny bone as she clowns around with Milton Middle School stu- dents (l-r) Curtis Betts, Kevin Wyatt, Danny Crouch and Pare Wyatt. . ';::: :::ii:  " .-::." :-$".i:i - eat whose child is interested in learning more about clowning. She said she will help prospective Leo clowns if they want to clown for special events in Milton. A music lover, Dole hopes some Milton middle students might de- cide to join in helping her form a Rubber Band or, if they have the fight equipment, a Rock and Roll Band (medium-sized stones and brown-and-serves required). Mock said that some members of the group have committed to volunteering at the upcoming Del- marva Hot Air Balloon and Crafts Festival, and there may be some clowning around as they help. He said the Lees have worked with the Milton Chamber of Com- merce and the Milton Fire Compa- ny in such events as the Pumpkin Festival, Holly Festival and chick- en and dumpling dinners. "We feel that all these activities build character and the kids are very enthusiastic," Mock said. "They are very willing workers, and this is a great way that they can contribute and become a part of their community." Dole said she loves teaching others about clowning, and if peo- ple express an interest, she will continue to work with them. "One great thing is that the kids can learn the value of humor as a teaching tool," she said. "They can learn, and they can teach oth- ers, and have a good time while they are doing it. They soon see that you retain things better and longer if learning is fun." "We'll be here tomorrow to keep the Promises we made today." Gordy Insurance Agency, Inc. @ 102 Federal St. Milton 684-3413 L & M Insurance Agency (a division of Gordy Insurance Agency, Inc.) 349-5003 I Specializing in Persona/, I Commercial & Financial .' Selbyville For 75 Years Delmarva's Source For The Finest In Home Furnishings HENREDON BAKER- RALPH LAUREN - LEXINGTON HICKORY- LEE STICKLEY CENTURY