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School& Education 22 TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 - TitLIRSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008 Cape Gazette -1- |i m lab Cole honored for educational proposals Trudy Cole, First Steps Primeros Pasos Early Learning Program director since fall 2007, recently received one of two an- nual awards presented by the nonprofit Delaware Association for the Education of Young Chip dren, based in Wilmington. The association's mission is to devel- op leadership and professional growth, promote high quality early care and education, and build community support and awareness of the needs of chil- dren and their families. The Robert Ferrara Grant Award recipients are chosen from grant applicants who pres- ent proposals for improving the education of children with spe- cial needs. Cole will use the grant money to purchase addi- tional learning tools for the 11 students presently enrolled in the Savannah Road facility in Georgetown. Cole, whose mother is a re- tired teacher and instilled the value of education in all of her children, explains, "I have always believed in children's' innate ability to learn when they are ready to learn. Most school cur- ricula have standards that must be met through cumulative test- ing that places needless pressur e on our children. Some children are 'test takers; others don't take tests well and ultimately fail. When children are at a stage to learn, they excel. One of our goals at the center is to recognize the stages of learning for each of our students and modify the cur- riculum accordingly. With no time line, most students will grasp at their own pace whatever they must learn." Primeros Pasos First Steps is a more than a day-care center. The culturally sensitive early learning program includes teach- ing both the English language and the Spanish language to all students. "We believe children learn better through play, games and singing, and those elements are part of our daily learning pro- gram," said Cole. "I challenge our teachers to 'think outside the box' and in addition to learning through song, we use tangible items such as musical instru- ments, building blocks and flash cards and engage the children in open play. We also teach respect for each other and we discuss feelings. Because of our positive learning environment, most of our graduating students know more than what is expected in order to enter kindergarten." Cole brings a wealth of educa- tional experience to the George- town facility. With her five chil- dren, she has traveled extensive- ly in her husband's Navy career. 's a family we have had to be flexible in following my husband throughout his career, and my background and education have been valuable not only in my family of origin in adapting to my children's needs but also the stu- dents at First Steps Primeros Pa- sos. Our student-to-teacher ratio is one instructor to five students so we can offer almost individual attention for our children." Cole's husband recently served a tour in Iraq and is presently as- signed to the U.S. Navy Weapons Station in Williamsburg, Va. Board President the Rev. Earl Beshears, the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in George- town, said, "I and the other board members are extremely proud of Trudy's award. But more impor- tantly, we are pleased with the excellent education that she and the other teachers are provid- ing" Carole Palmer, vice president of Primeros Pasos First Steps board of directors and a retired Sussex County kindergarten teacher, said, "Trudy is very de- serving of the award. She is a caring, innovative teacher and leader. Her first interest is the children's welfare and how best to create a learning atmosphere. She cares deeply for our students and works hard to inclfide par- ents in all aspects of their chil- dren's education. We are very proud of Trudy and her many ac- complishments." For the fall opening, there are 19 children on Primeros Pasos First Steps' waiting list. Although several grants filnded the initial program, fundraising to build a larger; permanent facility at the present location to accommo- date the additional students con- tinues. One major grassroots fundraiser, Aunt Annie's Attic, HeJeson. Jess Srn Mary r,ler, Hannah WoJcieikowski and UzzyThompson are by theln kayak and Cha Esp Ha  and Stan bytheyek kaya - Those who would like to join the Keenote are invited to the annual Meet and Grit picnic Sunday, AJ. 17 at the Keenote Music Studio in Uncoln. Call Debbie Kee at 422-0222 or visit www.k.eenotemusicorn. The chorus is open to dk,n ,e 6  h school SUBMITTED PHOTO TRUDY COLE, FIRST STEPS PRIMIEROS Pasos Early Learning Program director since the fall of 2007, recently received one of two annual awards presented by the nonprofit Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children, based in Wilmington. will feature upscale rummage, antiques and collectibles such as furniture, linens, china and crys- tal, and vintage and name-brand clothing. The event will take place Saturday, Sept 13 at Grace Methodist Churchon Market Street in Georgetown. For more information or to volunteer at Primeros Pasos First Steps, con- tact Cole at 856-7406 or by email at Little Ones to offer program beginning in September Starting in September, the Lit- developmentally appropriate tie Ones Lutheran School will curriculum geared to each spe- move in a new direction to meet cific age group, with the pre-K community needs and reach class preparing children for en- even more children, try into kindergarten. While the school has offered a "Through theme-based les- morning-only preschool since its sons, we cover the areas of litera- inception in 2002, it has recently cy, language development, small started a five-day, full-day pre- and large motor skills, school program. Now the school social/emotional development will also offer a three- and four- and spiritual growth. Individual day preschool this coming fall attention is given to allow each for children ages 2-1/2 through 4. child to learn and grow at his or Hours of operation will be from 7 her own pace. Through the at- a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday tendance in our full-day pre- through Friday. school, your child experiences "It has been our goal since the the best possible preparation for beginning of this new initiative their entry into kindergarten." to have a school that would teach The school is open to all chil- and enrich children during the dren, regardless of race, gender, full day, not simply be a tradi- national origin or religious be- tional daycare or babysitting fa- liefs. cility," said Cathy Kunst, presi- For more information about dent of the school board, the Little Ones Lutheran School According to Beth Davidson, and the new program, contact teacher and director of the Little Davidson at 226-7860 or visit Ones Lutheran School "We use a www2.ittleOnesSchooLorg.