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20 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 SCHOOL & EDUCATION cape Gazette . DCHA students perform community service On the morning of Nov. 6, the victors and the also-rans pre- pared to bury the hatchet during Return Day ceremonies at the Georgetown Circle. The Delaware tradition dates back more than 200 years to the day two days after Election Day when returns were finally tallied, and all contestants gathered to pledge their cooperation. This year, on the edge of town, miles from the Circle, more than 160 teenagers prepared a return of their own. The entire student body of Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) gathered in the Abundant Life Church off Route 113 to launch their own Re- turn to Community Day. The annual event, said schooi officials, is planned to return to the community the many bless- ings that have been bestowed up- on the students and their school throughout the year. This year, the students targeted the Wes- leyan Camp, Christian School, and Retirement Center in nearby Denton, Md., a facility that opened in 1898. The Delmarva Christian stu- dents put their shoulders to such tasks as cleaning out a 100-yard ditch of undergrowth, leaves and debris; power-washing cabins; staining fences; painting utility boxes; cleaning out gutters; and raking, sawing, trimming and planting some five acres of rural Eastern Shore landscape while their classmates dismantled and moved an entire playground across a road to make it safer for kids to use. Other students performed an hour-and-a-half concert, singing hymns for the entertainment of the retirement home residents, before they set about washing all the facility's windows. Others cleaned out an attic and a tool shed, and still others helped the Wesleyan Camp staff assemble a 3,800-'piece bulk mailing for dis- tribution. Delmarva Christian High School senior Meghan Whitting- ton was spray-painting the camp- ground's trailer and RV electrical hook-ups. She and her class- mates rushed to get the job done before the rains returned. Work- ing alongside Meghan, junior Emily Pentoney said, "I'm having lots of fun; I like helping people." Sophomore lebecca Bryan has attended the Wesleyan Camp since second grade. "Denton Camp is one of my favorite places," she said. "I love this campy Junior Philip Gordon echoed her remarks. Standing knee-deep in wet leaves at the bottom of a ditch as he shoveled slop up the bank to freshman Rob Van Pelt, Gordon said, "Being a servant leader is setting a good example and following the characteristics of Jesus. Serving is one of the ways we can preach the Gospel." Across the path, sophomore Jordyn Gum was raking up a patch of yard. "Why am I doing this? Why, to make a humongous big pile of leaves, of course. And to make the world awesome and help With this ministry." SUBMITTED PHOTOS RR. , t.,  T N Pelt team up to clear leaves and debris out of a ditch. Join Your Fellow Alumni for our Class Reunion Friday, Nov. 28 8-11 pm at Irish Eyes in Lewes. $35 per person includes drink tickets, heavy appetizers and a chance to catch up with friends. Please RSVP to: Or visit Samantha Paynter, left, and Aubrey Birowski clean windows at the Wesleyan Camp in Denton, Md. Group Transportation Needs? A Jolly BUS can help! 302-227-1197 ,, Serving our community since 1970