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lpr ! 38 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, November 17 - Monday, November 20, 2006 SCHOOL dz EDUCATION Cape district recognizes principals The Cape Henlopen flehool District Board of Education rec- ognized and honored its principals at its meeting Thursday, Nov. 9, in anticipation of Principal Recognition Day, held Tuesday, Nov. It Appearing in the back.are fir) Fred Best, assistant principal, Mariner Middle School; John Yore, princi- pal, Cape Henlopen High School; Cathy Petitgout, principal, It O. Britan-,- Elementary School; Mike Dmlterehik, prin- cipal, Reheboth glemea.tary 8cheer; Trish Mumford, assistant prineipal, EL O. Brittingham Elementary School; Brian Curtis, principal, Mariner Middle School; and Kevin Mimaford, Imistmnt prineilml, Rehoboth Elementary SchooL In the froat row are flulmtnintmulent George Stone, Sheila Baumgatqdhe-, prineilml, Milton lglementary School; Patrieia lagee, primfilml, lllehard & 8hields lmentary School; Jeff mss/stant prine/pml, R/chard/L Shields Elementary 8ehoo and Cape Henlopen Board of Education President ry Wray. Resolution of respect presented Accepting a resolution of respect from Superintendent George Stone (far left) and School Board President Gary Wray (far right) are (l-r) Cape Henlopen Support Staff Association representatives Martha Eisenhour end Mary Beth D'Amico, joined by the association's President Sarah Boss. The school heard gave the resolution and recognition on Thursday, Nov. 9, in conjunction with American Education week, Nov. 13-17. We can never say thank you enough There are heroes living amongst us who never ask for recognition. They fought on the battlefields of Europe, Japan, Viet Nam and Korea. More recently they are fighting in the Middle East and Afghanistan, putting up with diffi- cult conditions, living on the edge of uncertainty so that the world can be a safer place. They are our veterans. We paused briefly last Friday on Veterans Day to give them homage, We can never say thank you enough. Many children do not under- stand Veterans Day. What would it take to give them a sense of our nation's history and sacrifice that was borne by so many American heroes? Children need to be taught about politics, conflict and warfrom a textbook but they also need to hear stories from people who were there. This is powerful SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese stuff. Both my father and my father- in-law served in the armed forces during World War -H. Both had stories to tell. My father-in-law used to gather my boys together around the kitchen table and share stories about being on the aircraft carrier the Hornet, being out at sea and being in real danger. This wasn't a movie: to them it was Poppop, the real deal, their own personal WW2 action figure. Those sto- ries were enhanced by his arti- facts, the Navy uniform, now all dusty and brittle, the books with pictures of him as a young recruit, and his certificates of honor. My father told them stories about the awful food that he had while he was a serviceman during WW2. He made them laugh talk- ing about pancakes that were used as weapons against the enemy. He also told them of the kindness of the military nurses where he spent many months recovering from ill- ness. My boys now have friends who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their appreciation for service to the military is some- thing they grew up. with and have been able to learn about from books but better yet, from people who had first hand experience. This week we celebrate American Education Week and with it another form of heroism, the quiet kind that goes on in classrooms each day: teachers and paraeducators working with chil- dren to create a better world, one child at a time. Like veterans, teachers must demonstrate that they have what it takes to be effective: dedication and commit- ment mixed with a liberal amount of idealism. The work is not glamorous, often times tedious and sometimes ultimately frusUat- flag. For you see, teachers, like soldiers, take a broken word, a harsh reality and try to fix it one day at a time. Their contribution to our natic, a is invaluable but often never mentioned in the media. When was the last lime you heard a news blurb about the children experiencing a really great science lesson, or a fantaslic breakthrough in language arts? When do we hear from teachers about the successes in theft class: rooms? Last week we had an opportuni- ty to thank a veteran. This week we have an opportunity to thank a teacher. So thanks for everything: being there, doing a tough job with compassion and caring. Thanks for being an American teacher in an American school as we celebrate American Education Week. Diane Saienni Albanese is a patent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School Distxict. Previous columns can be - reviewed at her website dianeal- hanese.com.