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RESULTS Join us! THE MAX Challenge of Lewes is taking enrollment for our very first 10-week challenge! Join right now so that you can lose weight, become healthier, and develop confidence alongside other people who understand and share the same goals. 302-703-1188 17437 Ocean One Plaza, Suite 2 Lewes, DE 19958 #THEMAXCHALLENGE Now is the time to start the Challenge. 74 FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 CAPE LIFE Cape Gazette ROTARY HOSTS YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SUBMITTED PHOTO THE LEWES-REHOBOTH Rotary Club sponsored eight students from Sussex Tech High School to participate in the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, Md., Feb. 17-21. The students were joined by more than 110 others from all over Rotary’s Dis- trict 7630, which covers the eastern shores of Delaware and Maryland. The all-expenses-paid long weekend offered students inspirational steadiers and the opportunity to make lifelong friends through fellowship activities including discussions of ethical and social issues, communication and conflict resolution skills, business ethics, and how to plan and manage a project. The goal of conference organizers is for the students to return to their schools and communities motivated to take on other leadership roles and find additional ways to serve. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. The Lewes-Rehoboth Ro- tary Club is one of more than 35,000 worldwide. Eight Sussex Tech students attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Confer- ence. Shown are in back (l-r) Sydney Pulcinella, Madeline Scheider and Kath- ryn Gay. In front are Nikita Downs, Madeysn Puango, Jessica Robinson, and Tia Persolio. Kids Count in Delaware 2017 Fact Book released A new Kids Count in Delaware report provides current, compre- hensive data on children as they relate to some of the most press- ing issues facing the state: health, education, crime, the economy. This report is the singular ac- count of every child under 18 in the state of Delaware. It examines issues, it highlights trends and it ultimately serves as a critical tool for informed, empirically based policy decisions. "Data allow us to monitor what's hap- pening with our kids," said Janice Barlow, director of Kids Count in Delaware. This year's Fact Book high- lights Adverse Childhood Experiences, commonly referred to as ACEs. Research demon- strates that the negative impact of child trauma doesn't end in childhood, but often has effects into adulthood which can im- pact society in negative ways. The good news is that protective factors such as safe, stable and nurturing relationships can help to mitigate long-term impacts of ACEs. Worrisome data include Dela- ware's rate of children living in poverty. While down slightly to 18.5 percent for 2014-16 (from 20.1 percent last year), it remains higher than reported five years ago (16.9 percent). Economic hardship is one of the most com- mon ACEs reported in Delaware. Disparities in outcomes across a variety of measures (including infant mortality and low birth weight, as well as academic pro- ficiency and graduation rate) are further cause for concern. This year's Fact Book data show that Delaware's children are the most racially and ethnically di- verse generation ever - a shift that mirrors the national trend. "We know that race and ethnic- ity are connected to measurable differences in how children are understood and treated, their life experiences, and consequently their well-being and outcomes," said Barlow. The annual Fact Book high- lights several indicators where trends are getting better. Del- aware children continue to progress in the area of health. The rate of teen births has con- tinued a long-term decreasing trend. Also, graduation rates rose in multiple segments of the stu- dent population, including race, gender, income, and disability status. Children's experiences to- day shape the adults they will grow into tomorrow, impacting collective long-term success. Therefore, it is critical to measure and to understand the condi- tions in which children live so everyone can invest time, effort, and resources in ways that will ensure the best return on invest- ment for Delaware. For information or to view the 2017FactBook,gotodekidscount. org. Additional information is available at datacenter.kidscount. org.