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~0 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011 Cape Gazette meet, so one of the first things to help today's children learn about Georgetown go is paying for a musical instru- music." school asks for men . She has been teaching At the beginning of each fifth- band in Georgetown for two grade year, students are asked if donations years, but before she came here, they would like to join the band she taught in Selbyville. and many do because the fifth "Georgetown is a smaller grade is part of the Georgetown By Rachel Swick Mavity school, but it has a higher per- Elementary School band, which centage of free and reduced- does provide instruments to stu- lunch kids," Chamberland said. dents. Once those students move Joining the school band is one "More and more kids are asking up to sixth grade, however, that of those pivotal moments in for school instruments and I re- story changes. e, any young people's lives. At ally hate having to turn kids "The elementary school does Georgetown Middle-School,away." get funds to buy school instru- many students are denied that Chamberland applied for the ments for students,': Chamber- moment because they cannot af- Holland's Opus Foundation land said. "Once they get to sixth ford an instrument, grant,, which provides new and grade and the middle school, Band Director Jamie Cham-used instruments to schools, but there aren't many instruments to berland hopes to bring instru- she hasn't heard back yet if goaround." ments and children together, but Georgetown Middle School was Chamberland now has about she needs the public's help. chosen. She said she wants to do 85 students in band from the "Right now we have six chil- everything she can tobring more middle school, a number which dren signed up for band who instruments to the school, she says is low for a school the don't have instruments," said "I figured manypeople used to size of Georgetown Middle. Chamberland. "It's hard for them play when they were in school When students come and ask to to sit and watch others play an and probably have the instru- join the band, but don't have in- instrument and not know if they ments in attics or garages collect- struments, she tells them to will ever get that chance." ing dust," Chamberland said. search the pawnshops if they Chambefland said families are "Maybe they would be interested can't afford anew instrument. having harder times making ends in donating those instruments to B&B Music of Lewes hosts an RACHEL SWICK MAVITY PHOTO GEORGETOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL Band Director Jamie Chamberland, left, works with Cecil Gilmore, center, and Brissa Alonso, information night at both the ing and asking for the public's middle and elementary school help will improve the band. The and allows parents to rent-to- next fundraiser is a chili cookoff own instruments, but even the set for Friday, Nov. 18, at the $25 per month for the cheapest school. instruments is tough for some Anyone interested in donating families to handle, an instrument or money toward "Last year we had 90 students the band can Call 302-856-1900 in the fifth-grade band, but only Ext, 2251 or drop off the donation 40 are continuing in sixth grade," at the Georgetown Middle Chamberland said. "Flutes and School office at 301West Market clarinets are the most popular, St., Georgetown. For those in the but we will take donations of any Cape Region, instrument dona- instrument, except drums." tions can also be dropped off at Chambefland hopes fundrais- the Cape Gazette office. CAPE HONORS SUPERIOR SCHOOLS St.ssex Consortium officials pictured are (I-r) Dr. Mike Kelley, director of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Jeff Conrad, supervisor of special education; Dr. Vivian Bush, principal; Bob Fulton, assistant superintendent; Dr. Kelly Cannon, assistant prina- pal; and S{eve Huber, assistant principal. SUBMITTED PHOTOS SiX CAPE HENLOPEN SCHOOLS have received banners noting their superior ranking among state schools. Richard A. Shields Elementary was among the schools recognized. Pictured are (I-r) Mike Kelley, director of curriculum and instruction; Jenny Nauman, principal; Bob Fulton, assistant superintendent; and David McDowell, assistant principal. The schools honored include Shields, Beacon Middle School, H.O. Brittingnam Elementary School, Milton Elementary School, Sussex Consortium and Rehoboth Elementary School. 21111 Milton Elementary School officials pictured are (I-r) Dr. Mike Kelley, director of cur- riculum and instruction; Lisa Schlater, teacher; Wendy Harrington, teacher; Nichole O'Brien, teacher; Kevin Mumford, principal; Stefanie Stratton, service aide; Alison gplclpr~ fp~chpr' and RnhPiilfnn ~=qi=f~nf ~ilnprlnfpnrlpnf Rehoboth Elementary School officials display their banner. Pictured are tion; Jacquie Kisiel, teai:her; Dr. Doris Person, assistant principal; Karen assistant superintendent/HR; and Trish Mumford, principal. (I-r) Dr. Mike Kelley, director of curriculum and instruc- Kea, teacher; Kristen Gray, math specialist; Bob Fulton,