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CAPE GAZBTTE, Friday, Sept/6, Spt. 1, 2002 a 55 H.O. Brittingham grant funds new program to help kids learn By Jim Cresson Milton's early grade school is taking advantage of a federal grant to improve students' reading test scores, and its staff is looking for the community to join their effort. H.O. Brittingham Elementary School Principal Dr. Wayne Whaley and Title 1 program coordinator Patti Seabolt are premiering the HOSTS (Help One Student To Succeed) program. HOSTS grew from a 1996 federal program developed by former President Bill Clinton's plan to enlist a million "mostly paid" volunteers to serve as reading tutors for youngsters in grades 1-3. The program has been used widely around the na- tion since its inception and has helped thousands of low achieving children to raise their state testing lev- els2 Those successes have proven its merits and earned its support from teachers here and around the nation. Sen. Tom Carper has volunteered since 1997 as a reading mentor in Delaware. Corporate and business leaders have joined in the effort. Gov. Ruth Ann Min- ner reads to students and encourages others in the community to give it a try. Now, Milton area resi- dents and business leaders are being asked to pick up the torch and help H.O. Brittingham staff make the program a success. "We are absolutely thrilled with our state test re- sults from last spring," said Whaley. "But we saw a need for this mentoring program to help our students who need it the most. And, once again, we're asking our community to participate, to help the children. Here at H.O.B., everything we do is for the kids. And nearly everything we do involves the community." HOSTS is a bilingual program. It concentrates on reading this year, said Whaley, and next year it will expand to include math. Administrators, teachers, mentors and even high school students will be taking part in the reading mentoring program at H.O.B. "It gets everyone involved," said Seabolt. a former teacher of the year for the enterprising elementary school. "It's track record proves it can bring their reading level up, and that's what we intend to do." HOSTS is not a curriculum, explained Seabolt, rather it is a fully integrated and expanded program of teaching to fit individual students' needs. "It's like a piece of clay. It can be modeled and shaped around the individual's needs and the district's instructional philosophies, resources and objectives. It all ties to- gether neatly." Whaley welcomes any and all Milton-area busi- ness people and parents to join in the new program. Boys & Girls By Jim Cresson The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milford has reached out to provide before- and after-school day care for Milton area youngsters. The education-based day care opened, Sept. 3, on Union Street in the Milton Wesleyan Church. It serves kindergarten and elementary school children from the Milton area with plenty of emphasis on homework. Maria Edgerton, Boys & Girls Club manager for the Milford chapter and daughter of the legendary former Milton High School coach Bob Edgerton, said 20 students have already enrolled in the school- related day-care program. Club offers day care in Milton "Parents must pay $10 to enroll in the Milford club, then we offer scholarships for the day care pro- gram, if they need one," she said. "The enrollment allows children to enter the program and the mem- bership fee allows them to use the Milford club for a year." The day care operates from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. If a youngster attends Milton schools, the service provides transportation for them to the schools in the morning and from schools in the after- noon. A bilingual instructor will help Spanish speak- ing children m learn English. Afternoon snacks are also provided. For more information or to enroll, call 422-4453. Cape Henlopen High School students, under the mentorship of Delmarva Online, will design, develop and launch a website for one local nonprofit organi- zation. Applications for the free website will be ac- cepted from area nonprofits through Friday, Sept. 20. Interested organizations should include the follow- ing information in their letter of application, which may be mailed, faxed or emailed: the organization's name, mission, and target audience; the organiza- tion's geographic service area; whether the organiza- tion currently has a website; what the organization hopes to accomplish with the website; and the orga- nization's wish list of features and design elements. Letters of application should be sent to Delmarva Online, Attn.: TanyaWilhelmi, 808 Priscilla St., Sal- isbury, MD 21804. Faxes should be sent to 410-749- 5418, and emails should be addressed to twilhel- mi@dmv.com. The mentorship between Cape Henlopen High School students and Delmarva Online has been de- veloped to provide advanced students with practical experience in the process of selling, designing, host- ing, and launching a website. The program will fur- ther enhance Cape Henlopen High School's already successful business education curriculum. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to pass on the extensive knowledge and talent that our profes- sionals possess to one of the communities we serve," said Robert Russell, Delmarva Online president. "We are especially pleased to have the chance to work one-on-one with some of Cape Henlopen High School's talented students." After the application deadline, Cape Henlopen High School students will narrow the candidate pool to a select few, and with the help of Cape High facul- ty members and Delmarva Online representatives, they will choose the winning organization. choice will be based on the organization's applica- tion, in addition to which website request best fits the students' knowledge and talents. Jim Cresson photo Paraprofessional Helena Gibbs, left, and teacher Patti Seabolt are ready to put the new HOSTS reading and mentor- ing program to the test at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton. They ask for community hel p in their pro- gram. School Continued from page 54 Beach Lions Club. Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper and Jack Lingo Realty helped round out the landscaping and construction. In the final phase of the beauti- fication local artists pitched in. "True volunteerism is alive in our town when 11 local artists dedi- cate and deliver their talent to this project," said Rogers. The artists include Shelly Bachus, Andrew and Lynda Dera, Karen Letanoff, Chris Klink, Connie and Hannah Miller, Edilu Nerbas, Patti Shreeve and Pat Wright. "There were many individuals who contributed financially and otherwise," said Rogers. "We're thrilled with the results and hope we welcome people to help main- tain the grounds." Opens September 30th Early Childhood Programs for 3 & 4 year olds. Call now, limited space available. All children welcome. "I was seeking an opportunity for my students to apply what they learned in the classroom, " said Sharon Elzey, one of Cape Henlopen High School's business education teachers. "Last semester, a Del- marva Online professional spoke to my classes. The students loved getting a peek into the real world. This program will give them an even closer look." Cape's Business, Finance and Marketing Educa- tion Department offers numerous courses to help meet the needs of all students. Academic students preparing to go to college can faster note taking skills, keyboarding and life skill courses such as record keeping. Additionally, some of the program's courses have been matriculated with higher educa- tion institutions to provide students with college credit. Students who are looking for employment up- on graduation select a career pathway, which will help prepare them for the work force. Career path- ways are a series of three, one-credit courses that tar- get a specific career field such as computer science, accounting or marketing. The department believes every student can benefit from the many courses of- fered. Delmarva Online was established in June 1995, and it operates an advanced communications net- work from its state-of-the-art network operations center in Salisbury. A division of Draper Communi- cations, Delmarva Online offers local and national dialup internet access, broadband solutions, fixed wireless access, website hosting, website develop- ment, and Ecommerce solutions to residential sub- scribers and business clients on Delmarva. 7 Bay Vista Road Rehoboth Beach, DE 302-226-7860 New This Year! 4oyr-olds: M0n., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tuition $79 monthly 3-yrlds: Tues., Thurs. 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tuition $74 monthly Please call 302-422-0320 for Registration Openings still available for 3- & 4-yearld classes Cape students to build websites for nonprofits .i,00tr0000l'xiae Their 1Kiltotx, 91 7" -" '