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Milton Middle honors Junior Achievement grads By Rosanne Pack They may only be fifth graders, but several students at Milton Middle School have already gone through their first job interviews and developed a sales presentation plan. As participants in the Junior Achievement program, the stu- dents of Joarme Reihm have met weekly with professionals from community businesses; they re- cently finished the five-week course and celebrated with a grad- uation ceremony. One class studied business prac- rices with Jo Ann Hollingsworth, office manager of Long and Fos- ter Realtors, and the other with Mariann Wilcox, advertising rep- resentative from the Cape Gazette. The course included such business basics as tilling out a job applica- tion, becoming familiar with an interview checklist and practicing interview questions. Hollingsworth said that the stu- dents become extremely interest- ed in the business world as the course progresses. "Even though they are just in the fifth grade, they get into it, and I see growth and maturity in the shott time that I work with them," Hollingsworth said. "This is a great program. It instills the im- portance of a good work ethic into the children at a really early age. And, it's fun for the students and the teacher." Wilcox said that'one of her students went so far as to fill out a job application from her mother's business in preparation for her own interview. When asked if she had experience, she replied that she did and pointed to the appropriate section of her pre- tend job application. "They begin to take this very se- riously, "Wilcox said. "This age is good to start with, the Junior Achievement program brings the business world down to a kid lev- el. They get to see a project from the formation stage to completion, such as with an ad campaign." Reihm said that the program works as a good self-esteem builder as students plan and coach each other for interviews and work on their sales presentation plan. She said a student who loes not excel in some areas might have a talent for learning and sell- ing a product. She said the program is very ad- vantageous for the grade level since students are developing atti- tudes that they will carry with them. Wilcox said that the pro- gram supports many of the family values that might otherwise be challenged as children progress through school. She said the Ju- nior Achievement projects com- bine skills and concepts learned in several curriculum areas, such as applied math, reading and writing. Included in each student's busi- ness jottrnal is a page on sales pre- sentarion that teaches students to judge their product, strengtl, and weaknesses, ways of getting the customers' attention and making the presentation. And, even how to close the sale. Wilcox said that Junior Achievement is a positive way to make students think about getting a job. She also pointed out that the program brings community busi- nesses closer to the schools. Em- ployers allow each volunteer who teaches a Junior Achievement course to spend an afternoon a week in the classroom. Those students who participated in the program with Hollingsworth include: Mark Broadhurst, Dana Brown, Robert Conley, Terniece Dunning, Col Evans, Alan Felts, Michael Fitz- patrick, Lindsey Gregg, Kathryn Hearn, Aishia Holloman, Corey Hopkins and Andrew Hritz, Travis Lewis, Christina Linder- mer, Tamisha Macklin, Michael McGraw, Derek" Savage, Stephen Shockley, Bradley Stubbs, Do- minique Vanclief, Ashley Vent, Jan Wagner, Lakeshia Wright, Jayme Wytatt and Pamela Wyatt. Students who participated in Ju- nior Achievement with Wilcox are the following: Christina Brown, William Brown, Kather- ine Cassidy, Chad Clendaniel, Miles Cleveland, Shronda Daniels, James Davis, Sherrelle Evans, Heather Ferrell, Paul Fis- sell, Nicholas Gauger and Marcus Hazzard, Mark Hunter, Candice Hurd, Keyana Johnson, Alicia Lopez, Josiah McCabe, Joseph Mroz, Sade Perry, Sara Russ, J. Scott Shockiey, Casi Sipple, Keith Sweeney, W. Patrick Thorough- good, German Villegas, Amy Paczkowski, and Gabriel Tisher. CAPE GAZE'YE, Friday, May 2- May 8, 1997. 41 Dennis Forney photo Lewes.Rehoboth Rotary donates to computer drive Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club recently donated $1,600 to the computer drive underway at Shields Elementary School in Lewes. The money was raised as part of this year's Ham and Oyster Dinner held in February. Parents of the school are aiming to raise $56,000 which will allow the purchase of a new computer for every classroom in the Shields Elementary complex. Shown in this photo are Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Treasurer Tom Reale 0) and Mary Buehness and John Crispin who are parents helping with the drive. Read.Aloud needs volunteers READ-ALOUD Delaware will offer reader training on Thursday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Delaware National Bank on Route 1. READ-ALOUD is a non-profit preschool literacy program which provides individuals with the op- portunity to read one on one with preschool age children. Volun- teers are welcome. Wesley College sets international festival The International Students As- sociation of Wesley College will host their Eighth Annual Interna- tional Festival: "Our Neighbor- hood of Nations," to be held Sun- day, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. The festival will showcase in- ternational culture with fashion presentations, educational ex- hibits, contemporary music and song and culinary delights. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (302) 736-2572. Life in Vietnam slide presentation May 8 "A River Runs Through It: Dai- ly Life in the Mekong Delta, Southern Vietnam," is the topic of a slide lecture to be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 in the Lecture Hall of the Higher Educa- tion Building at Delaware Techni- cal" & Community College, Georgetown. Mark McLeod, asso- ciate professor of history at the University of Delaware, will de- liver thetalk which features more than 70 slides from his summer 1996 research trip to Vietnam. For information, call (302) 831-6779. DNREC, Ag museum to offer education programs The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) and the Delaware Agricultural Museum will jointly present educational programs and materials about wildlife, water re- sources habitat, Delaware history, wetlands, outdoor safety, rural life and heritage and other topics. On Tuesday, May 20, the Delaware Agricultural Museum will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. and staff will be on hand to explain programs, share resources and an- swer questions. For more informa- tion, call (302) 739-4506. AHem Lopez, left, and Mariann Wilcox conduct a mock job interview as a part of a Milton Middle School Junior Achieve- merit program.