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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 - October 15, 1998 C00:iPE LIFE Milton celebrates a week of youth recognition By Rosanne Pack There are weeks dedicated to ice cream, hot dogs, veterans and wildlife; why not youth? Sara Wilkinson, assistant principal of Milton Middle School, took the idea to Milton Town Council and the idea led to a proclamation de- claring Oct. 12-16 as Milton Youth Week. Beginning Monday, Oct. 12, the week will feature daily activities at Milton Middle School. Each Student will be treated to surprises and gifts, community members will join in the school days and the week will culminate with .an as- sembly for the entire student body. The official proclamation was approved Oct. 5 in a Town Coun- cil meeting. In addressing the council, Wilkinson said that the traditional middle school years, ages 10 through 15, are truly "wonder years." She said during those years, young people under- go more physical, mental, social, moral and emotional changes than any other time in life, and they de- serve to be supported and .cele- brated by the whole community. She said the mayor and council members were very receptive to the idea of Adolescent Week, as were all the teachers and staff of Milton Middle. "We are working on positive re- . lationships between students and adults," she said. "We want stu- dents to know that adults are there for them, not just educators, but the entire town." The proclamation states that during the adolescent years, par- ents continue as primary role models and guides, peers began to play an increasing role in the de- velopment of attitudes, and the community itself becomes a class- room. It concludes, "Be it further resolved that all of us who are en- gaged in the lives of young ado- lescents join the celebration by supporting the healthy develop- ment of our youth." The week will be announced with a large banner displayed in front of the school. The declara- tion, "Milton Middle Loves Its Students," will give the communi- ty an idea of what is to come. Monday, Oct. 12, Mayor Jack Bushey,will lead morning an- nouncements and read the poem, "The Oyster." To demonstrate the love that the school and the com- munity feels for students, every- one will receive chocolate kisses. On Tuesday, Brittany Croll, state president of the Association of Delaware Student Councils, will deliver an inspirational speech on the potential for young people to achievement their own goals. To symbolize the fact that everyone makes mistakes and can overcome them and move on, every student will receive an eraser. Ed Harris, president of the Mil- ton Chamber of Commerce, will lead opening announcements Wednesday morning. He will read an inspirational po- em, "Smile," and remind students of the power of positive attitudes. Bright yellow stadium cups bear- ing the Cape High School logo will be given to all students. To illustrate that everyone has valuable intelligence, students will receive Smarties candy on Thursday. The morning an- nouncements and reading will be led by Skip Burnham of the Mil- Rosanne Pack photo This says it all! Milton Middle School eighth-graders (l-r) Amber Gentry, Terrell Johnson and Michael Keller check out a Milton Town Council proclamation designating the week of Oct. 12 - 16 as Milton Youth Week. The week is dedicated to the middle school adolescent years, ages 10 to 15, and special activities are scheduled throughout the week. ton Lions Club. Representing the Milton Middle School Parent Teacher Organiza- tion, Dr. Rami Peri will deliver an inspirational message, "Passing the Dream," during Friday morn- ing announcements. As a special treat, the Kids' Corner cafeteria staff will donate ice cream to the entire school. The week will close with a mo- tivational assembly featuring Dr. William Collick, athletics director of Delaware State University (DSU). Wilkinson said Collick is a perfect example of what deter- mination and hard work can lead to. He is a graduate of Cape Hen- lopen High School and he wa elected to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame for his years of building a strong, successful foot- ball program at Delaware State. After coaching football at DSU, he was named to serve as athletics director. Principal Mike Mock and Wilkinson said that this is a first- time event for Milton Middle School, but they anticipate that it will be well-received by the town as well as the school and will like- ly be an annual observation. "This is to show that the kids and the town are together on the positive side of things," Wilkin- son said. "Together, each of us achieves more, and it does take all of us. The link is there and this is one more example of how We com- plete the circle." recite every medical vital statistic about your body, except your name and the fact that you drive a Car. 4. But your folks like warm weath- er and they like their rules too, es- pecially the mandatory five- course dinner at three in the after- noon. But for those who stay here in the winter, this is the time of year when they like to go into their craft mode. There is something about those cool, crisp autumn breezes that make you want to get down with nature and emulate a true Ameri- can family like the Waltons. Of course, you have to realize this is a family, or what others might de- scribe as a small tribe, that spent their entire lives on top of a moun- tain, sawing wood, but never actu- ally built anything with it. They had a car, but it never ran because it always needed parts they couldn't afford, so they would use something like Grandma Walton's girdle as a fan belt that would catch on fire whenever they tried to go down the mountain, which is why they never made it to places like Del Boca Vista, Phase I. But they had a lotof fun making things like their own clothes from flour sac cloth and shoes from old Sears catalogues. The kind of stuff you now find in the designer sec- tion in stores like Bloomindales at $300 a pop. But you don't have to live like you are in the great depression to have the urge to whip up a set of gingham curtains or a pot of pos- sum stew. It does help if you live in a house for these activities though. But I do believe you need the cold weather tobe successful. For instance, when I was living in southern California, I decided to take a sewing class. I think the fact that it was warmand sunny all the time was part of the problem. Well that, and the fact that it turned out to be an advanced class in tailoring coats and I was the on- ly white person registered; the majority of the class being female black designers of some note. While others were cutting out patterns and sewing handmade buttons holes, most of my time was taken up with the physics of placing a thin piece of thread through a miniscule hole in a nee- dle. I actually drew enough blood to perform daily insulin levels. Now if I just had some cold weather, there's no telling how far I could have gone in my career as a bloody seamstress. Or, as Fats Domino would sing, "Let the Cold Winds Blow." With the first blast of cold air, many people have already taken to warmer places - like Del Boca Vista, Phase III in states such as Florida, Arizona and Texas. This is where people like your parents disappear into double-double-se- cret-gated communities that allow them the most sought after privi- lege befitting their elderly status - the ability to dress comfortably, without fear of criticism in "Full Cleveland," meaning a white belt, white patent leather shoes, plaid pants and striped shirt. It's nor so much the weather that attracts people here, but the freedom to join association boards that take up serious issues like limiting the amount of footage your Cadillac can stick out on your lawn on,Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's different on Mondays and Nancy Katz Wednesdays, because you will have spent the majority of your time visiting one of 3 million spe- cialists practicing,sbme form of medicine in a two-square-mile area. On Fridays, you will be able to AROUND TOWN While many seniors head south, get into craft mode