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....... I I I lll i l  ........ School &-Education 24 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 Cape Gazette Urban youth project gives . volunteers time to enjoy beach Four Cape Henlopen dorms get facelift dorms with tan paint, and the trim with a lighter shade. By Melissa Steele them as part of a service project The Cape Henlopen project was particularly special because melissasteele@capegazette.com for the park. of its beach locale. The organization offers after- "Some of the kids have never No one expected a group of school programs, community had the summer camp experi- city kids to finish their painting service, and world culture les- ence, and this-has been a lot of job at Cape Henlopen State Park sons to urban youth in an effort fun for them," said Crystal so quickly, but when they did, it to overcome the cycle of illitera- Collins, service coordinator for just meant more beach time for cy, poverty and low expectations the group. them. by opening the door to educa- Finishing up the job on Sept. 1 "It's great," said Lindsey McN- tion, said Joanna Branch, Penn- was Anira Jones, 17, of Philadel- inch, volunteer coordinator for sylvannia manager, phia, who has been with buildOn Delaware Seashore State Park. "We do everything;" she said. for a year. "One of the coordinators said "We've definitely done our share "I love the different activities," he'd be surprised if we even fin- of painting," She said. While painting is nice, ished, and we got it done." Together, the boys and girls she Said her favorite so far was The 27students from buildOn took rollers and brushes, and helping set up for a "Get Your MELISSA STEELE PHOTO stayed at the dorms in Youth climbed ladderS and kneeled Rear in Gear" road race. MARCIN KIELBOWICZ, 15rof Philadelphia, paints trim at Cape Henlopen State Camp 2 and painted all four of while covering the cinder-block ParkSept.1. SUBMITTED PHOTO SENIOR BRENDAN SMITH was busy configuring more than 200 iPads in prepa- ration for Delmarva Christian High School's first day of school, -Delmarva Christian rolls out iPad-Moodle pairing Delmarva Christian High School staff, parents, and stu- dents are looking forward to the rollout of the school's 1:1 iPad Program. After a year of testing in wff- ious applications, to include classroom instruction, student management, and numerous administrative functions, the' board of directors has support- ed an initiative that will pro- vide every student an iPad2 to access the powerful learning management system, Moodle. Kim Henry, a DCHS science teacher who piloted the use of iPads in her chemistry ClasseS, is enthusiastic about how these devices allowed her students to learn faster and understand more thoroughly. "We were able to cover more content, more thoroughly by allowing students 24/7 access to the resources necessary to grasp the concepts being taught," said Henry. Mike Vonhof, DCHS infor- mation technology director, shared how iPads and Moodle interface. "iPads are simply the device we chose to allow each student to be able to access the teacher's prepared lesson plans to include all resources, activities, learning aids, and as- sessments stored in Moodle. Students will be able to elec- tronically complete homework and other assignments. "Teachers will have an op- ther attention." Scott Kemerling, DCHS prin- cipal, said, "I believe this joint initiative will allow our stu- dents to take advantage of an exponentially growing body of resources as they-master the lesson objectives, while preparing them for operating in an increasingly tech-orient- ed world. Since we will be us- ing eTexts for many of our courses, parents are thrilled that their students' bookbags will be getting lighter." Delmarva Christian High School is beginning its eighth year of operation, serving more than 185 students in grades 9-12. For more informa- portunity to review the assign- tion, contact John Sadler at ments prior to the next class to 302-856-4040. Classes began pinpoint areas that need fur- Aug. 17. State announces annual free and The Delaware Department of Education recently an- nounced the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast meals, households should fill out the Family Meal Benefit Form for their, household and return it to the school. Addi- tional copies are available at the principal's office in each school. The information provided on the. meal benefit forms will Program, and After School be used for the purpose of de- Snack Program. termining eligibility and may Each participating school be verified at any time during and its administrative office the school year by school or reduced-price meal policy and/or DE-TANF case number, and provide a signature and name of an adult household member..- Households not receiving food stamps and/or DE-TANF must list names of all house- hold members; the amount of the gross income each house- hold member received last month; the income source and how often received; the Signa- ture of an adult household forms may be submitted at any time during the school year. Under the provisions of the free and.reduced price policy, the school nutrition services supervisor will review meal benefit forms and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may discuss the de- cision with the determining of- ficial on an informal basis. Par- ents or guardians wishing to In certain instances, children receiving WIC may also be eli- gible. Parents or guardians wishing to apply should follow the instructions on the meal benefit form or contact their school for more information. Households may report changes or reapply for meal benefits anytime during the school year. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determin- ing eligibility and verifying da- ta. has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any inter- ested party. Meal Benefit Forms are be- ing sent home with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price other program officials. For school officials to deter- mine eligibility, households re- ceiving food stamps and/or .DE-TANF must list the child's name, their Supplemental Nu- trition Assistance Program member; and that adult's last four digits of his or her Social Security number, or the word "none" or "No Social Security Number" box marked if the adult does not have a Social Se- curity number. Meal benefit make a formal appeal may In accordance with federal make a request either orally or law and U.S. Department of in writing to the administrative Agriculture policy, this institu: office for a hearing onthe deci- tion is prohibited from dis- sion. criminating on the basis of Children in foster care are el- race, color, 'national origin, sex, igible for school meal benefits, age, or disability.