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54 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 6 - Sept. 12, 2002 SCHOOL & EDUCATION RES paren00:s complete school beautification project Bridin Reynolds-Hughes On their return from smumer vacation, Rehcboth Elementary School (RES) students, staff and parents found that vibrant artwork and extensive landscaping have lent new life to the exterior of the school buildings. New cobalt blue Cape Canvas awnings, artistic murals and flesh plantings combine beautifully on the renovated campus. The Rehoboth Beach Beautification Committee was the catalyst for change. "1 can't believe what must be cme of the wealthiest school districts in the state hasn't done this sooner," said Melissa Joseph, an RES parent and resident of Stockley Street facing the school buildings.. "These morns have really done an amazing job. It took two parents and an army of volunteers to revamp a dilapidated school." Co-chairs of the committee, Nanci Nardo and JoAnn Rogers, coordinated the work. The committee included Betsy Plowman,. Ann Lingo, Kim McPike and Julie Wilson. "'We are indebted to Cpl Jay King from the Department of Correction and his staff for contributing over I, 110 man hours this summer. We also have to thank Capt. William Oettel who granted our request for manpower," said Rogers. The morns initiated the project in the spring of 2002 and found support the state to have work:release inmates help with the renovation. "Many of the men have a background in this type of work and they helped accomplish this transformation," said Rogers. "Sometimes they worked in the 100 degree heat this summer. We were proud to shake hands with them at the end of the day." The parents also held lunches for the workers donated by local rstaurants including Nicola Pizza, McDonalds and Gary's Surf and Spray and the Highway One Group. New paint had a huge effect on the project. Dino Nardo Sr., of Sundew Painting Company supplied labor and supervision. He also facilitated the donation of paint from the Sherwin Williams Company. Small, but important structural changes were also a part of the project. "The most exciting par't of this project was burying the propane tank," said Nardo. The task was corn- Brldln Reynolds-Hughes photos The Rehoboth Elementary School (RES) Beautification Committee completed major reno- vations just in time for the start of the new school year. The project included painting, landscaping and exterior structural changes. Shown at right are (l-r) PTO President Win Rosenberg, RES beau- tification co-chairs Nanci Nardo, JoAnn Rogers and Cpl. Jay King. Above, local artists helped with the beautification effort by lending their talent and brightening many of the doors and stairwells with beach theme paintings. Shown are (l-r) Maddy Rogers, Sarah Sapienza and Isabella Nardo. pleted with the help of Poores Propane Company. The project also entailed relocating and fencing in the large dumster on the grounds, work done at no cost to the school by Choice Construction Company, the Atlantic Mi!lwork Company and the Webb Building Company also con- tributed services. The generosity of the community continued with dona- tions from Shady Oak Farms. The committee used shrubs and flowers to enhance the aesthetic changes. "New mulch and a little weeding makes our playground safe and invit- ing," said Nardo. "Also, it is amazing what a little beach grass can hide." she added. Large financial donations from the Rehoboth Parent and Teacher Organization, Dewey Continued on page 55 Shown above is an Rehoboth Elementary School building beforethe beautification project. One of the main accomplishments was burying the propane tank. Please teach her me things she needs to know Dear World: My child starts school this week. It's all going to be strange and new to herior a while, and I wish that you would treat her gen- tly. You see, up to now, she has been the center of our world. Now things are going to be dif- ferent. This morning she is going to walk out our door and to a world that includes great tragedy and sorrow. To live in this world will require courage, to survive this world will require faith, and to thrive in this world will require love. So World, I wish that you would teach her the things she needs to know, but gently if you can. She will have to know that all adults are not trustworthy. Bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries and teachers are mostly helpful and kind but not all people are that way. There are also dangerous ones who would do harm. Teach her how to trust but not betoo trusting. For every scoundrel there is a hero. For every crooked politician there is a dedicated SCH00L JOURNAL Diane Albanese leader. Teach her that for every enemy there is a friend. This will take time World, but teach her that a nickel earned is of far more value that a dollar found. Teach her to compete whole- heartedly, loose gracefully, and plan fbr the next contest because victory is always just around the corner. Steer her away from envy and increase her self-esteem so that she can survive the life's daily trials. Teach her the wonder of books, There is another world waiting in the pages of great novels and that the wisdom of the ages is sitting on a library shelf waiting to be discovered. Teach her .to see and to appreci- ate the world and all its beauty: to marvel at the sunrise, to revel in the migration of the birds, and to understand the majesty of waves crashing to the shore. Teach her to walk in nature and to conserve for other generations. Teach her to understand the cycle of the horseshoe crab, the butter- fly and the moon and to appreciate the value of all living things. In school teach her that it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach her to have faith in her own ideas, ex;en when it seems that everyone is telling her she is wrong. Teach her to be gentle yet tough, kind yet firm and flexible. Not to sweat the small stuff but to put great effort in places that will make a difference. Give my daughter the strength of character not to follow the crowd but to make wise choices. Teach her to nurture her friend- ships. When times get rough, friends will listen, and be a sooth- ing balm that heals. Laughter and friendship are the "medicine that can heal a bruised ego and a bro- ken heart. Teach her that to have a friend she must be one. Teach her there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach her to scoff at cynics and to beware of ins!ncerity. Teach her to give an honest effort to a job/career but never to sell her heart or soul to the highest bidder. Teach her to have the courage of her convictions and to stand up for what is right even if what is right is not what is popular. Treat her respect and the value of respecting diverse individuals in a diverse world. Teach her to love our country but that to under- stand that the world does not stop at the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. There are many peoples of many cultures who are still in the human family and in need of the basics of life; they are our brothers and sis- ters on this planet. Teach her that the world is a small planet where people can communicate across the ocean, and that with commu- nication comes understanding, appreciation and compassion. * Allow her to make mistakes but to learn from them. Teach her to the wisdom of Kahlil Gibran that, "Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but 0nly with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms from those-who work with joy." Teach her thai home is a place you can always come to in times of trouble and that family means acceptance and forgiveness. My child leaves home for school today world. Teach her gently. Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.