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24 -CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 CAPE LIFE Summer Pinetown Project ends with a Bulldog bang ByKerry Kester enjoyed the field trip to the "The opportunity is there for you." The Pinetown Project summer camp program culminated in a gala event at Burton Chapel Fel- lowship Hall on Friday, Aug. 22. when summer campers presented a banquet a_nd entertainment for the adults who supported their project all summer. Campers, who named them- selves the Pinetown Bulldogs, ranged in age from nine to 15. The goals of the camp were to strengthen interpersonal, family and community skills through pro- jects, programs and field trips• "It was fun and educational," said Hirron Long, 15. Long said he particularly Delaware State University, where the students learned about college life, preparing for college boards, as well as social activities such as a basketball tournament, a talent show and a dance. "I learned a lot of things - how to get along and how to do things with other people," said Andrew Long, 11. Lewes Mayor George H.P. Smith, a retired educator from the Cape Henlopen School District, commended the youth for their hard work. "You go to school to learn, so that should be your primary pur- pose for being there," said Smith. :' ; ,. am : by the Pineto00 Bulldogs We have adream that one day, all men will We dream that all children will have-love and respect for other as well as themselves. That all will love God and learn of Him and to live for, Him. We have a dream that all black chil- take lob that will be able tO support our families as well as lift up our community. We want to be recognized for who we are, not ' what other think, see, or want us to be. We want the drugs and the killing to cease. We dream of Educational opportunity abounds, because the program's success enabled it to continue as an after-school program that will begin later in September• Cpl. Rufus Jones of the Department of Correction was the first to commit to a fall mentoring program with the students; he was a guest speak- er at the banquet. Jones, a 1983 Cape Henlopen_ High School graduate and former U.S. Marine, has Worked in the prison system for seven years. Prison, he told the youth, "is not always pretty," and his goal is to see that none of the students becomes invoLved in the correc- tions system. "You have a world where you really, really have to stay on top and stay on top of yourself," said Jones. Attitude, he said, makes the dif- ference between success and fail- ure. Ten percent is "what happens to you," he said, but "90 percent is how you react." "Failure or mistakes are the key to success," said Jones, providing the same mistakes are  not repeat- ed. "As kids, young women. young men - anything is possible•" Jones recommended the stu- dents think about his own five- step plan for goal-setting and achieving success: 1) see the situa- tion clearly; 2) know what you want, what you want to achieve; 3) evaluate: 4) decide; and 5) act on it. "They have to be actions that are done by you," he said. "These kids have goals," said Ronda Bundick, Pinetown Project coordinator, as she scanned the faces of the students in front of her. "I see doctors, I see lawyers, I see professionals in this room," . Kerry Kester photos Ronda Bundick, left, congratulates Andrew Long, 11, one of the Pinetown Bulldogs who participated in the Pinetown Project summer camp program. Handing Andrew his certifi- cate is Mary Wilcoxson, extension educator with the Univer- sity of Delaware Cooperative Extension. The extension office sponsored the summer program that was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. she said. "There's so much poten- tial with these young people." She compared the youth to raindrops - with each" being unique, different and needed. Other activities included in the program included conflict resolu- tion, a swimming program at the YMCA, a gardening project in conjunction with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and competition at the state fair. Several campers won grand prizes, first place and other re.cog- nition for their project submis- sions. The project was sponsored by the Sussex County Cooperative Extension through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agricul- ture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. VMI has nothing on Saint Ignatius nuns With the start of any school year, there's a collective sigh of relief as parents regain control of their hearing, their refrigerator and what's left of their minds. Of course; there also is a lot of anxiety that comes with retaking any territory. For there are things living under - the beds and in hampers and in your closets that you had no idea were part of your family. You will have to step up to the plate and announce that all stray ani- mals brought into the house that have now grown into the size of a buffalo will report to the living room. Ten dollars and a one way bus ticket to New Jersey should flush them out. Is this a great country or what? But kids today also have a lot of anxiety assoclamd with that first $ Nancy Katz day of school. Beepers don't work and the batteries on the cell phones are bourld to be low after a summer of tanning, surfing and hanging around looking cool in pants that ,barely make it to the knees• "And then there is that whole business about getting up before the pizza delivery man pulls in just before the Oprah show. Now you would think that some schools would be more difficult than others. I know a lot of you assume I'm referring to the task of being one of the few women going through the experience at a place like the Citadel orthe Virginia Military Institute. No doubt you've probably read all the recent publicity about the rituals these schools have, such as "the rat line," where upperclass- men get to yell all kinds of horri- ble and abusive things up close and spitting in your face. But th'is really shouldn't bother young women today, especially anyone who grew up in a family like mine: this would be like sit- ting down to dinner and asking • someone else to pass the mashed potatoes or to answer the doorbell. It was a daily occurrence. And then again, a lot of you weren't thinking of this at all; you'd already folded the paper and started lining the bird cage. When I was growing up, the scary schools were those that started with the word "Saint," as in Saint Ignatius School For the ..... ; the last word was always spray painted over, usually by people like my brother who always arrived a week early to sabotage.as many mechanical functions as possible. , I was alwaysterrified of the nun who was in charge of our home- room, for I knew she had been born wearing a long black robe which was permanently attached to her six foot frame and covered skin so white it blinded you into confessing anything, no matter how ridiculous, so long as you didn't have to look at that white skin. " From there, I went to a series of schools that were even scarier. They always started with the word "Miss," as in Miss Porter's All Girl School For the .... ; actually there was no last word here because the drop out rate was so high, it precluded any graduation anyway. There I faced a headmistress who was born with bulging eyes in the back and on top of her head and down her spinal column. She even had eyes hidden in the tiny black pilgrim-like shoes that she wore all year. So whether it's pre-school or reform school, just remember it's high anxiety time for everyone.