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CAPE GAZE'IgE, Friday, September 13 - September 19,1996 - 37 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Rehoboth Cooperative Pre-school f'mds happy ending with new home By Trish Vernon The Rehoboth Cooperative Pre- school has found a knight in shin- ing armor in the form of Dennard and Charlotte Quillen, owners of Quillen Construction and Quillen Service Star Hardware. The Quillens read about the plight of the pre-school a few weeks ago, when it was announced that this long-time institution was being forced out of its facilities at St. Edmond's Parish Hall and, with the first day of school looming, had yet to find a home that would meet the fire marshal's standards. According to Stephanie Kauff- man, president of the pre-school board, "the Quillens wanted to do something for the community and they had an old office on Sussex Street in Rehoboth Beach that they were just using for storage. He contacted me last week and I went over with the fire marshal to inspect the area and Mr. Quillen and his crew started right to work moving out counters, putting in new bathroom fixtures and help- ing us get the place ready to open. He's even supplying us with the paint." Once the work is complete, the Rehoboth Cooperative Pre-school will offer a lot more space than it previously had at the parish hall. "We're just overwhelmed - we'll have a separate art room and teacher lounge area and another room we aren't sure what we'll use for," Kauffman noted. "We hope to incorporate a lot of new activities into our program and since we're still within the City of Rehoboth Beach, we can continue to do our hikes to the beach and fire hall and other places." Once the work is completed, the Rehoboth Cooperative Pre-school will hold an open house and rib- bon cutting, with the target date Sept. 30. They are now back to taking registrations for this fall (227-2242) for three year old classes, held Tuesdays and Thurs- days, either morning or afternoon, and four-year-old classes on Mon- days, Wednesdays and Fridays, morning or afternoon. "It took so much effort just to keep the spark alive - I was ready to throw in the towel a number of times - but teachers and board members kept holding out a glim- mer of hope, even those whose children were going on to other schools," Kauffman said, as the clock ticked away and they couldn't find an appropriate loca- tion. "Mr. Quillen was the answer to our prayers. He's a nice, generous person who has sprouted a halo and wings." Kauffman also noted that "members of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Bay Vista Road also saw the article and offered us space, so we want to thank them as well." Jim EIIIngsworth photo The Rehoboth Cooperative Pre-school has found a new home on Sussex Street, thanks to Dennard and Charlotte Quillen, who have donated their old office building for the use of the school. Rehoboth Elementary students Education boosts awareness of children with physical, emotional special needs return to classes at the elementary school soon; and teachers and administrators are concerned with making the return as positive as possible. Eight-year-old Joey will not only bear scars from his acci- dent, he will be wearing special garments and medical devices that will be highly visible to his class- mates and teachers. Mary Walker, assistant princi- pal of Rehoboth Elementary, said the school staff is taking an active role in preparing students for By Rosanne Pack Students at Rehoboth Elemen- tary School are learning lessons that go far beyond the three Rs this year. In addition to language arts and social studies, they are giving lots of thought and discussion to sensitivity for those who have- physically disabling injuries. They are also learning technical and medical terms and procedures rel- ative to burn injuries. Young Joey Falkenheimer, a recent burn victim, is scheduled to Cape School District menus Rosanne Pack photo Inspecting a life-sized doll, fourth grader Brandon Vialo checks out garments that help prevent serious scarring as students at Rehoboth Elementary School learn about medical technology that aids burn victims. prepare welcome as burn victim returns encourage him," Walker said, "We hope we can all make it easi- er for him." Students and staff of Rehoboth Elementary saw a film, "Through the Eyes of a Child: Burn Recov- ery," as well as the medical cloth- ing and devices that Joey will be using for several more months. In assemblies for all classes, the two nurses explained some of the physical complications and the nature of healing and rehabilita- Joey's return. Representatives from the Crozer-Chester Medical Burn Center and from A. I. duPont Institute recently presented a pro- gram developed specifically for the situation students and teachers at Rehoboth Elementary are fac- ing. The program was filled with medical information and some hands-on familiarization with clothing and devices that Joey might wear and use. However, central to the program was the continual reminder that the child inside the scars is still the same. Cathy Lowe of Crozer-Chester said, "After a burn, the body never looks the same, but the same per- son is inside. Joey will soon rejoin his original family of classmates, friends and neighbors; and you can all take part in helping him adjust and feel at home." Lowe and Michelle Selin from A.I. duPont illustrated the impor- tance of each classmate with a spoked wheel. Joey was at the hub, and each spoke represented someone who would help him as he returns to school and neighbor- hood life. Students called out the helpers and the nurses filled them in on the spokes. "His morn and sisters...teach- ers...doctors, nurses and thera- pists...classmates...his neigh- bors...the bus driver!" As the spokes filled, the concept of team and family became reality to the students. Walker said the program and the classroom discus- sions are intended to make other children more aware of the impor- tant role they can play in Joey's recovery. "With some knowledge and understanding, the other kids can tion for burn victims. The students saw photos of burn victims, and heard their own taped accounts of injury and recovery in the film. They learned terms as they passed around flexible plastic rings called Watusi collars and a life-sized doll dressed in a burn mask and garments. Many burn victims, Joey included, wear the collars to help them keep their necks erect with the skin stretched Continued on page 38 The Cape Henlopen School District Menu for the week of Sept. 9- 13 includes: Shields, Rehoboth, H.O. Brittingham and Sussex Consortium Monday, Sept. 16 - Chicken nuggets with bread, egg roll, or sand- wich choice; hash browns, stir fry veggie, steamed rice, pineapple chunks, fruit juice, milk. Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Ribs on bun, hotdog on roll with baked beans or sandwich choice; carrot/celery sticks, applesauce, frozen juice bar, juice, milk. Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Hot ham and cheese, pizza or sandwich choice; Garfield soup, green beans, banana, juice, milk. Thursday, Sept. 19 - Fish on bun, hamburger on bun or sandwich choice with macaroni and cheese; stewed tomatoes, broccoli, fruit cup, juice, milk. Friday, Sept. 20 - Honey barbecued chicken, pizza or sandwich choice; tossed salad with dressing, pasta salad, fresh or canned fruit, juice, milk. Lewes Middle, Milton Middle, Cape High Monday, Sept. 16 - Baked chicken nuggets with bread, egg roll or sandwich choice; hash browns, stir fry veggie, steamed rice, pineapple chunks, fruit juice, milk. Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Ribs on bun, hot dog on roll with baked beans or sandwich choice; carrot/celery sticks, sauerkraut, applesauce, frozen juice bar, juice, milk. Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Hot ham and cheese on bun, pizza or sand- wich choice; green beans, apple crisp, banana, fresh fruit, juice, milk. Thursday, Sept. 19 - Crunchy fish on bun, hamburger on bun or sandwich choice with macaroni and cheese; stewed tomatoes, broccoli, fruit cup, juice, milk. Friday, Sept. 20 - Chicken fries, pizza or sandwich choice; mashed potatoes, peas, fresh or canned fruit, chocolate chip cookie, juice, milk.