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SCHOOL & EDUCATION Andrew Kn photo Milton students complete Presidential Fitness Challenge Students at Milton Middle School were honored by Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education on Oct. 24 for completing a Presidential Fitness Challenge program. To complete the challenge, students had to run a mile, compete in a shuttle run, finish a series of and demonstrate flexibility through stretching exercises. Standing in back are (l-r) Elyse Palmer, William Heuring, Rory Rogan, Tyler Hefle, Hunter Walsh, Laura Carpenter, Brienna Faust, Donnisa Daniels, Capri Murray and Donshea Brewer. In front are (l-r) James Johnson, Matthew Blackburn, Zachary Schroeder, Peter Coveleski, Abbey Hilligos, Kaci Coveleski, Victoria Suess, Shannon Bull and Connie Floyd. HOB's Partners Program invites businesses, individuals Wendy Malloy Stenger, presi- dent of H.O. Brittingham Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), recently announced the local busi- nesses and individuals who are sponsoring classrooms for this year's Partners Program. According to Stenger, the pro- gram was developed last year to "involve the community in the education of Milton's children. The program is terrific; it partners individual classrooms with busi- nesses to help us provide incen- tives for learning." In the program, businesses or individuals contribute $200 to partner with a classroom, Stenger said. The money is then given to the teacher to purchase rewards, incentives and reinforcements to the students. "With the current cutbacks in public education, too often incentives are +left to the teachers to provide," Stenger said. "We felt that this was one way the PTO could help the teachers reward their students. What better way to encourage a child to excel than to give them a. sticker that says - great job, or a little book of poetry to remind them of how their efforts are recognized." Marilyn Davis, a 26-year veter- an teacher at HOB, agrees. "Partners lets me know that I am not alone in providing education to my class. Often, when the funds are not there, I purchase little treats or surprises for my students - and most teachers I know do the same thing. It's very meaningful that the local businesses under- stand the importance of what we Continued on page 61 Lewes Middle School students study cultures of North, South American Indians Fifth-grade classes of Lisa Morris, Rose Barbour and Susan Hall recreated a Native American tradition at Lewes Middle School on Nov. 1. During the past four weeks, students studied the cultures of both North and South American Indians. The fifth-graders decided to celebrate with a Potlatch, which is similar to a powwow. Indian dancing, storytelling, art and feasting were enjoyed by parents, family friends and students. Cactuses planted in colored sand were handed out as gifts. The feast included items like roast turkey, mashed potatoes, corn bread, sweet potatoes, corn and beans. Shown (l-r) Julie Sing, Cathy Sing, Donna Smith, Amanda Jones, Alec Perry, Dave Perry, Christie Vickers, Alicia vickers and Demporis Jones. Native Americans in Delaware - Part 1 Andrew Keegan photo In Georgetown last week the politicians buried the hatchet. This event was an irresistible opportunity for me to teach literal and figurative meaning of idioms. First I had to explain that idioms were not like idiots; sixth graders sometimes fail to make important distinctions! The origin of this idiom comes from Native American culture. After tribal wars or unrest, the warriors would gather and bury a tomahawk or hatchet as a symbol of everyone's willingness to put away the tools of war and embrace peace. Students need to be reminded of the Native American tribes who were the original Delaware inhab- itants, the Lenape. Just in time for Thanksgiving is this two-part les- son about the naming "of the Lenape or Delaware tribe. SCH00L JOURNAL Diane Albanese Thanksgiving is a good time to look back in appreciation. This information was gathered on the Delaware Tribe of Indians website as part of an interview with Delaware Chief De Ketcbem. How did your tribe come up with its name, the Lenape? The name by which we call our- selves is Lenape (pronounced as if spelled "lun-NAH'pay"), and this name means something like 'q'he People." It is common for many groups of people around the world to use a name that has a similar translation. We do not know how long that name has been in use, but related tribes use similar words, so we think it has been in use for many hundreds of years. Why did the Lenape people accept the name "Delaware"? It has long been known that + the name applied to the Native people who lived along the Delaware River was taken from the title of an Englishman, Lord de la Warr, whose name was Sir Thomas West. He was appointed governor of the English colony at Jamestown, Va. in 1610. One of his followers, Captain Samuel Argall, once sailed into a majestic bay which he named "de la Warr Bay" in honor of the governor. The river that flowed into the bay was given the same name, and they both were later contracted into Delaware. People have asked why the Lenape people seem to have no problem with accepting this "for- eign" name for themselves. The reason is that the Lenape have their own story about the origin of the name "Delaware." It is as fol- lows. The Lenape story is that when the Europeans first arrived a white man kept trying to ask a Lenape what tribe he belonged to, and he told him "Lenape." For some rea- son the white man had trouble saying the word properly, and would say "Lenuhpee," "Renahpay" and other mispronun- ciations. Finally he said "Lenape" correctly, and the Lenape said "Nal ne ndeluwn! Nal ne ndluwn!" (That's what I said! That's what I said!). The white man heard the DULUWEN part and he said, "Oh, you said Delaware! So you are a Delaware. Now I know what to call you," and the name stuck. The Delawares have used the name ever since that time because they knew that the whites just could not say Lenape properly. Of course, when speaking to each other, Lenape people call them- selves "Lenape." Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.