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46 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, November 6 - November 12, 1998 I BRUCE .CHILCOAT Account Executive, Investments certified Financial Planner Call for "The Case For Equities" II ..... (302) 226-5100 (800) 258-31371 Fax (302) 226-5200 DEAN WITTER REYNOLDS INC. ) 4421 Highway" One Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Angle Moon photos The days at Camp Barnes were not all filled with rigorous challenges; plenty of time was spent in recreational activities. Clockwise from top left: the guys share a moment of laughter, shoot baskets and join Peg Menear in a kayaking adventure. Career Continued from page 45 special-ed high-schoolers from all the districts in Sussex County. To fill the void created by Sus- sex Tech's decision, Cape Hen- lopen School District decided to teach its own, and began planning how and where to do it. The fruits of that planning are evident with a visit to the district's newest facility, the Career Oppor- tunities Center, in the former Jus- tice of the Peace Court 2 building, on Route 9, at Belltown. "I don't know what their other school environment was like, but we really have put together a good one here," explained program co- ordinator Peg Menear. "We liter- ally started from scratch and had to work hard through the summer to make this school come togeth- er, but we have a nice environ- merit, a really dedicated staff and a very good program." District administrator Dr. John Kreitzer explains the school's ob- jectives as giving the students an academic educ/tion, and most im- portantly, providing them with the basic skills needed to enter the work force. Teacher Dave Vitella is assisted by paraprofessional Connie Mur- ray and job coach Dee Salyards. They have seven male students this year, with a .wide range of skill levels and abilities. With the help of the students' parents, the staff has worked out an individual education program for each class .: member. ! "Everything is geared to a stu- dent's ability and his choice of goals," said Menear. "Some have : : :'hip-schooi ts andfle.g0al of returning to high school. Others are working to learn crafts and vo- cational skills that will enable them to find a suitable job with a local business. Everything comes down to their choices in establish- ing goals, of being part of the process. When they're part of identifying their own goals, they tend to be more willing to try to achieve them. We can help, but it's all up to the kids.", To accomplish their goals, stu- dents spend part of the school day in class, learning academic skills. They spend part of the day in a crafts room, learning vocational skills, and part of the day in the school's weight room, learning self-esteem and personal disci- pline while working off energy aad improving their fitness. When the weather is nice and the stu- dents have done well, they earn an hour of outside fun shooting a basketball. The formula is working, as staff and students interact with a com- bination of mutual respect and good-natured banter. Overcoming obstacles and removing the "walls" that have often held them back, this first class of Cape spe- cial-ed students is being taught to succeed in the world around them. For the rest of their lives, when they recall that difficult and de- manding encounter with the Camp Barnes elemcms course, thesetu- dents will certainly mb the- strength aiadconfideoce they gained by facing it. And no doubt they will also remember the spe- cial feeling of pride and unity they shared as a group when each evening they sat around a camp, fire beneath the stars, reviewing the day and recounting their ac- complishments. It is lessons such as these that Jefferson and the Career Opportu- nities Center staff hope will make a positive difference in these spe- cial students' lives. ( . iiiiYottr Child Deserves... " Great Beginnings [: ":  EARLY LEARNING CENTER A State of the Art Facility where Children Exercise their Minds, Bodies and Imaginations. Featuring: A Developmental Preschool Infant & Toddler Program Before & After School Care ENROLL YOUR CHILD TODAW FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL (302) 645,9747 , A Tradition of Excellence for 18 Years - Carolyn Carlson, Owner/Director J Currant rnern.ber nli, in g a friend to the YMCA botw'eon Novem.bor 1 and 30, mad their h'iend will receive a FIEE one-week membership! .-~ If your fi'iond jointhe gugsex ParnLty YMCA (adult or arnily membership) on or before November 30... YOU GET " " . .... * A gtmex Faznaly YMCA svveathirt TI-IEY GET Free megg ten. g .... - Free YMCA towel Acco to all ttne program g acivitieg (depending on availability) To take advantage o flare great off'or, op by the gugex Family YMCA and pick up a regmtration form .....  Qmgciong? Call ourmeinbergKip g8018i i.