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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 1 - August 7, 1997 - 35 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Christian pre-school to open at Lewes's Bethel Church By Rosanne Pack Colorful Noah's Arks sail along the wall of a Sunday School room while Kathy Pepper, the teacher of a soon-to-open Christian pre- school, makes lists of things to be done 'and takes inventory of the materials that will keep four-year- olds busy. An outreach program of Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes, the new school is now tak- ing registrations, and Pepper and volunteers are preparing for a Sept. 8 optning. It might not be part of the curriculum she soon will teach, but Pepper's prepara- tions have included scraping, patching and painting walls and counting crayons. Her husband George Pepper, a Cape Henlopen teacher and father of one of the new students, has been enlisted for the stenciling effort and other chores; and building a puppet stage in the shape of Noah's Ark and a bookshelf are also on his calendar. "Some of our church members had this idea for a pre- school, and we were originally thinking of opening in 1998," Pep- per said. "But, we have a four- year-old, and there were some oth- ers who have children who are ready, so we are getting it together for one foUr-year-old class this fall." Pepper said that Keri Fair- cloth, Judy Schultz and Mary Murabito were instrumental in the formative phase of the school; and they formed a steering committee that included her and Kathy Ben- son, Chuck Smith, Regina Legates, Joe Baker and Allen Riley. "We made our presentation to the church board, and just got approval two weeks ago," Pepper said. "Then, right after the church approved us for the renovations to the classroom and money for materials, we had a couple call to say that they would donate the money for materials as a memorial to their son." Jane and Charles Hood are donating materials as a living memorial to their son Kevin Charles Hood. Pepper taught public school for eight years and private school for two before agreeing to take the position of the first teacher of Bethel's pre-school. This year, the four-year-old's class will meet Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 8-11 a.m. The long-range plan includes adding classes for two- and three-year-olds as well as for five-year-olds whose birthdays don't meet the publickindergarten cut-off: Next year, the four-year- old program will expand to five days a week. Additional staff will join Pepper next year with Fair- cloth already enlisted as the administrator and spiritual leader of the school. "We wanted to get started this year, but we are satisfied to start small," Pepper said. "We look at this as a time to develop our rou- tine and ensure quality, and to establish our reputation." The teacher said that the need for a Christian pre-school seemed apparent from the waiting lists at Epworth Methodist Pre-school in Rehoboth Beach and at Sunshine Pre-school in Milton. She said that the curriculum at Bethel will include standard approaches to preschool learning, and spiritual lessons will be integrated to help children understand God's love and how he will help them. "The message will be low-key, but we feel that our parents want their children in a Christian set- ting," Pepper said. "Our Noah's Ark theme came from the motto of the rainbow, 'I believe in God's promise,' which is to protect and care for us. And children are cer- tainly God's promise." Fees for the first year of Bethel Christian Pre-school include $20 for registration and $45 for materi- als. The monthly tuition is $90. Five children are registered so far, and the class will he kept to a maximum of 14. Pepper said that the steering committee and church board envisionasing any profits to establish a scholarship fund for future years; but the pre-school is too new for one this year. The school is open to all. For information, call the church office, 645-9426; Faircloth, 645-0269 or Pepper, 645-8776. Rosanne Pack photo With a little help from daughters Rebecca, seated, and Han- nah, standing, teacher Kathy Pepper prepares a classroom for the new Bethel Christian Pre-school. Cape High students return from World Scholar Athlete Games amazing and inspiring, the U.S. government and other By Rosanne Pack Two Cape Henlopen High School students recently partici- pated in a super sleep-over with more than 2,000 other teens from all parts of the world. Jennifer Pepper and Chris Myers were cho- sen to be part of the fourth World Scholar Athlete Games that took place at the University of Rhode Island. The two high school juniors spent from June 22 to July 2 in the company of other students who excel in their fields of scholastic expertise, whether it be as an ath- lete or artist. In the case of the Cape students, their expertise is more on the cultural side. Myers went as a choir student, and Pep- per as an artist. Both students regard the experi- ence as the chance of a lifetime. In talking about their experiences, each shared the same impression that there is a common bond that links them with other teenagers all over the world, "It was a really mellow week," Pepper said. "I found out that. everybody was just the same; dif- ferent, hut the same." Myers agreed and said that the oneness he felt with students from entirely different cultures was Chance of a lifetime Created and governed by the Institute for International Sport, the games are held every four years. Applications are sent out worldwide, and 500,000 went out this year. Of that number, 36,000 were returned, and 2,000 students were chosen to attend this year's event. At Cape Henlopen High School, Myers' father, John Myers made sure that the applications were cir- culated. The guidance counselor and soccer coach knew that two students from Cape had attended four years ago, and he looked at the opportunity as one that should not be passed up. "It costs $400 for a student to go for almost two weeks and have an experience that is beyond com- pare," John Myers said. "This is the kind of thing that our commu- nity should always take advantage of. I'll do what I can to get spon- sors for kids that may be chosen in the future." It costs approximately $1,200, and it is heavily subsidized by major contributors which include Nike, Kodak, Walt Disney Com- pany, many international airlines, national governments, foundations and many manufacturers of sport- ing equipment. Global hopes The purpose of the games is summed up in a quote from the student handbook: "To foster communication among the world's future leaders and to establish a network of internation- al friendship." Alan S. Feinstein, a philanthropist who helps fund the games also said, "Helping to bet- ter the lives of others, regardless of race, creed or color is the great- est of all achievements." The Myers family members were enthusiastic attendees at the closing ceremonies where they got to video tape their son performing with the international choir. The format of the games allows students to focus on the field for which they were chosen, but they also participate in seminars and discussion groups on universal and contemporary issues that effect the world's population. Speakers who are knowledgeable on such issues as world hunger and health, the global, environ- ment, conflict resolution and ethics and sportsmanship met with Rosanne Pack photos Chris Myers recalls his experiences at the World Scholar Athlete Games. Jennifer Pepper attended the games as an art student. the assembled games participants on theme days. "Some of the speakers were just inspirational," Myers said. "We got to hear people like Denise Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson's sister, who spoke on domestic vio- lence. We also heard Arthur Ashe's widow." Pepper remembers hearing the first woman who was an agent for a professional football player. After openiog sessions in one huge group, teenagers separated into 16 groups, and then into smaller discussion groups. In Myers' small group, his fellow students included those from Texas, Nigeria, Tanzania, North Dakota, China, Nigeria and Soma- lia. Pepper has to laugh as she remembers her discussion group. "Our group always got a world theme day leader that went off the Continued on page 36