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110. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 SCHOOL EDUCATION Milton Middle Sch( )1 students display their talents Taking first place in the 5-6 grade division were Deshi Cephas (L) and Phillip Hazzard with a vocal performance. Dan Cook photos Talent Show director and Boys to Men Club advisor Fred Harvey, above left, addresses the audience during the show held in April. Taking second place in the 7th and 8th grade division was Renicia Daniels, center, reciting a poem she wrote for friends. Milton Middle School eighth grader Will Betts, right, took first place in the MMS Talent Show sponsored by the Boys to Men Club. Betts sang the country song The Good Stuff to a rousing applause from the audience. Cordrey Scholarship adline extended until May 31 The Delaware Community Foundation recently announced that the application deadline for the Richard S. Cordrey Scholarship has been extended to May 31. Seniors from the Cape Henlopen, Indian River and Sussex County Vocational Technical School districts who have been accepted at a Delaware college or universi- ty are eligible to apply. Applications for the $1,000 one-time award are available at the guidance office of each school. Sen. Cordrey established the Richard S. Cordrey Scholarship Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation in 1996 to help deserving students from his district pursue a college education. Donations in honor of his retirement from 26 years of service in the State Senate were used to start the fund, David Simmons, a 2002 graduate of Sussex Tech who attends the University of Delaware, received the Cordrey Scholarship last year. The Richard S. Cordrey Scholarship Fund is one of about 400 charitable funds adhainistered by the Delaware Community Foundation,. a nonprofit, philanthropic community organization created by and for the people of Delaware to build communi- ty. The Foundation enables you to easily and effectively support the issues and organiza- tions you care about through a charitable fund, which can be started with a variety of assets. The Delaware Community Foundation offers personalized service, local expertise and community leadership and serves Delawareans through offices in Wilmington and Georgetown. For further information about creating a fund or learning about its scholarship or grantmaking process, call 302-571-8004 or visit its website at Some of my favorite education jokes and anecdotes The students are back in school! Time for a little levity? This is from the archives of my favorite education jokes and anecdotes. If you have a funny or interesting school story contact me at the Cape Gazette so I can share it with the world. You were warned! When Mrs. Cook saw one of her fourth graders making faces, she stopped and said "Ricky, When I was a child, my mother told me that my face could freeze like that and stay that way forever." Ricky replied, "Well, Mrs. Cook, you can't say you didn't get a warning." Diane Albanese The most important lesson in life While.I was getting my teach- ing degree, a professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a good student and breezed through the quiz, until I came to the last question. It SCHOOL JOURNAL asked "What is the name of the woman who cleans this classroom when we're done for the day?" As the class ended, and our pro- fessor collected the quizzes, one of the other students said "Did that last question countT' The professor said "In your careers, you will meet many peo- ple, All of them deserve your attention and care. Yes, that ques- tion counts." Her name was Betty. Do what I do A mother once asked Gandhi to get her son to stop eating sugar. Gandhi told the child "Come back in two weeks." Two weeks later the mother brought the child before Gandhi, who said to the boy "Stop eating sugar." Puzzled, the woman asked, "Why didn't you tell him that two weeks ago?" Gandhi replied, "Two weeks ago, I was eating sugar." Do the math Discussing the problem of recruiting and retaining teachers, you often hear people giving an opinion like "I know teachers only make (fill in the salary levels in your state), but they only work five days a week, 180 days a year!" "Well, how much should they be paid," you might ask, "maybe $4 or $5 an hour, like a babysit- ter?" And if they go for that, you should remind them, "Of course, a babysitter isn't in charge of 25 kids." Usually, they'll see the fairness of that statement, and reply, "Still, if each parent just paid $4 or $5 an hour, hey, that would be much fairer than these salaries the teach- ers make now." Sure would. At $4 an hour from each of 25 kids, for five hours a day times 180 days, these darn overpaid teachers would have to settle on compensation of only $90,000 a year! At $5 an hour, it's $112,500. Now, in the more expensive parts of the country, it's hard to get a reliable babysitter (much less one with a master's degree) for less than $6 an hour. That, you could report, addsup to $135,000. All this, of course, is assuming 25 kids-in a class. Given the state of overcrowding these days, 30 is just as likely, which, at $6 an hour, is $162,000 a year. Add a little something for being the faculty advisor for an after- school activity, and you might not need a summer job! Stuff teachers have reported that kids wrote Syntax is the money collected at church. A monologue is a conver- sation between a husband and wife. The Mediterranean and Red Sea are connected by the Sewer Canal. Some people are wise, some are otherwise. Climate is permanent, but weather is only for a few days. Iron was discovered when somebody smelt it. Appendicitis is caused by the list- ings in the appendix. Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District. t