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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 19 - June 25,-1998 - 43 SCHC OL & EDUCATION Lewes Head Start begins book donation program Rosanne Pack photo Mike and Mary Rawl, far left, pay a visit to Lewes Head Start where children are enjoying brand-new books and beanbag chairs donated by the couple. They used proceeds of Beanie Babies TM sold at Auntie M's Emporium to pro- vide the books and beanbag Welcoming the Rawls are (l-r) Vadaw Edwards, Steven Satchell, Janae Taylor, Coren Robinson, Alton Bowden, Tara Christo- pher, teacher Dorothy Cannon and Brianna Farlow. By Rosanne Pack Floppy, colorful little Beanie Babies TM are making their presence known almost everywhere now, and they are even respon- sible for a gift of literacy to the Lewes Head Start. Mary and Mike Rawi, owners of Auntie M's Emporium of Lewes used the proceeds from sales of Beanie Babies to make a donation of $300 worth of books to the preschool program that meets in the Child- hood Development Center on Jefferson Street. The business owners said they were first surprised to learn of the existence of Head Start in Lewes; and then they learned that the center has several needs, including appropriate children's books. "Probably a lot of people are the same as we were and don't even know that the cen- ter is back there on Jefferson Street," said Mike Rawl. "They are doing so much with these kids, but they could really use more community help. We would like for people to know that this is a good place to donate things such as quality ,children's books." The Rawls also put the Beanie Babies bonanza to work and appropriately pur- chased three beanbag chairs for the kids to sink into with their new books. On a recent visit, the owners of Auntie M's found kids clustered around a teacher's aid as she read a tale of "Jamberry" while others got comfortable with their favorite books by curling in beanbag chairs or stretching out on mats. The books were purchased through the Children's Literacy Initiative, a Philadel- phia-based nonprofit agency that special- izes in providing books for child care and Head Start centers. Mary Rawls said that the agency helped in choosing the books so they would be age-appropriate for the preschool Head Start students. Some of the books are mostly for fun, such as "Jamberry" and "Five Little Mon- keys Jumping on the Bed," but most of them also have an educational component. "Alligator Arrived with Apples," "Eating the Alphabet" and "A My Name Is Alice" start the youngsters thinking of letters and spelling while they enjoy the story. "Big Anthony and the Magic Ring" and "Ming Lo Moves the Mountain" stretch young Continued on page 44 Rehoboth Lions Club awards scholarship Outgoing Rehoboth Beach Lions Club President Jim Hud- son, left, and member Sheridan Besosa, scholarship chairman, award a $1,000 scholarship to graduating Cape Henlopen High School senior Dawn Cintavey. She will major in engineering at the University of Delaware in the fall. Lewes Lions Club awards scholarships Cape Henlopen High School senior Jaclyn Warrington was recently selected for a $1,100 edu- cational scholarship presented by Lewes Lions Club. Jackie plans to use the funds to pay for tuition at Salisbury State University, which she will enter this fall. Shown here at the schol- arship presentation are (l-r) Don Mitchell, chairman of the Lions Club scholarship selection committee; Jackie and her mother, Cindi Warrington; and President Jon Baker. Support state funding of school initiatives Funding. The state of Delaware is remolding our public schools. Important legislation is now being debated in Dover to eliminate school property taxes in favor of full state funding of public educa- tion. It has always struck me as odd that school districts in Delaware should have to go to referendum to fund the basic needs that exist within education. Having been involved in several failed attempts to raise revenue for schools, I can attest to the fact that it is very dif- ficult to convince people to raise their own taxes. It is especially difficult to ask for funding for new technology when many people do not under- stand why we need technology at SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese all. Many believe that the schools of today should be exactly like the schools of their youth - a heated room with a blackboard and some books. After all, they tell me, if it was good enough for them, it's good enough for the children of today. Oh, please! I find the entire process of rais- ing money frustrating. It distracts me from planning good lessons, evaluating student work and teaching. I urge parents and con- cerned citizens to support the state funding of schools' initiative. It would put an end to unequally funded districts and give us a chance to bring Delaware schools into the next century. It would allow school staff to teach, not campaign. The state of Delaware is enjoying financially healthy times; let's invest in the future: our children. Retirement. It is difficult to think about a friend retiring, espe- cially when the friend is a tireless advocate for children. No one has filled that role better than Paula Simpson, sixth-grade language arts teacher at Milton Middle 7if, . . School. Always arrlwng at school at the crack of dawn, Paula spent many years reading student writ- ing, correcting spelling and gram- mar. It is said that her students car- ried those lessons with them throughout life. Beyond that, Paula was able to instill in her students a sense of decency. She worked with every child, and considered no one beyond her reach. Students thought of her as fair and kind, a stable influence in their chaotic lives. She always looked for the best within each child. Students and staff will miss her. The parting is difficult but I'd like to think of her retirement as an evolution. Retirement is much like the stages of a butterfly. It is a change that allows for freedom. She can spread her wings and pur- sue many interests now, as well as be more available to her loving family and grandchildren. It is the fond wish of her teach- ing team that Paula return to us to continue to help children on a vol- unteer basis. They need her caring and her love. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District and at Delaware Tech in Georgetown.