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58 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, November 17 - Monday, November 20, 2006 Marrone joins UD " as coordinator of Sea Grant Program Kathryn Marrone has joined the Atmospheric Administration in University of Delaware College the U.S. Department of of Marine and Earth Studies as Commerce, the state of Delaware, coordinator of andthe University. the Delaware  As coordinator, Marrone will Sea i Grant  oversee all fiscal and administra- C o 1 1 e g e tire aspects of Delaware Sea Program. She Grant. This includes supporting r e p 1 a c e s the pre- and post-award efforts of M a 1 i n d a the faculty, outreach staff, and stu- Yarnell, who_ dents; interacting with the univer- served in thfs sity and othir agencies to resolve capacity for the problems and exchange informa- blkARROlqE past five years, tion; and preparing budgets, pro- The Delaware Sea Grant posals, contracts, and other docu- College Program promotes the ments as needed. wise use, conservation, and man- "I am looking forward to get- agement of marine and coastal ting to know everybody at the col- resources through a $3 million lege," said Marrone. "There's a program of research, education, lot going on, and I'm excited to and outreach activities. A dive in." statewide program, it is a member Marrone earned a Master of of a national network of Sea Grant Business Administration from the programs, located in every coastal University of Delaware in May and Great Lakes state and Puerto 2006 and a bachelor's degree in Rico, and is financially supported English, also from the University by the National Oceanic and of Delaware in May 2004. Adopt-a-Student backpack program reaches new record, The Adopt-a-Student program distributed more than 3,080 back- packs with school supplies to stu- dents around Delaware during August and September of this year. This marks a 20 percent growth over last year for helping less for- tunate children start off the school year right, complete with back- packs and school supplies. The Adopt-a-Student program is administered by Delaware Health and Social Services' Division of State Service Centers' Office of Family Support. Last year, the program helped more than 2,200 children in New Castle County and more than 350 chil- dren in Kent and Sussex counties. In just five years, the program has grown over 450 percent from helping 550 students statewide in 2002 to successfully helping 3,089 this school year. This is due to the tremendous outpouring of backpacks and sup- plies from businesses, private and public agencies and the communi- ty. Many private individuals and corporations donated to the pro- gram, helping Adopt-A-Student reach more than 404 students in Kent and Sussex counties. Enough materials were available that no students were turned away. "I am delighted and impressed by how our community has con- tinued to step forward to ensure that Delaware's children have appropriate back-to-school sup- plies," said Vincent E Meconi, Cabet Secretary, Delaware Health and Social Services. "It may seem like a small thing, but having enough paper, pencils and other tools make it much easier for students to learn and concen- trate on their schoolwork." Among the largest community sponsors were ING Direct, Citizen's Bank, AstraZeneca and Baltimore Air Coil. Adopt-A- Family. The program will begin collect- ing donations next summer for the 2007-2008 school year. In the meantime, program organizers are focusing on the holiday drive for Adopt-A- Family. Individuals and compa- nies interested in adopting a fami- ly of children, a nursing home res- ident or a foster child for the holi- days are asked to contact the pro- gram at the end of October. Those iIteregted in volunteering to work or interested in supporting Adopt- A-Family are invited to call any- time. In Sussex County, call 424- 2780. To make monetary donations, mail checks to Adopt-A-Family of Kent/Sussex Counties, 13 SW Front St., Suite 103, Milford, DE 19963. All donations are tax deductible. 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